- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Janet Raab, who owns Center Shot Sports in Centreville, Va., is putting most everything on hold to compete for one of the seven women’s spots on the U.S. rifle team at the World Championships in Croatia on July 22-Aug. 5.

She qualified for a tryout in the 300-meter prone and three position events after finishing first in the prone position and placing third in the three-position event at the USA 300 Meter National Championship at Fort Benning, Ga.

Raab just received her tryout invitation, even though the Fort Benning event was in September.

“I began shooting 300 meters about five or six years ago and I tried out for the last World Championship team,” she said. “At that time for the 2002 World Championships in Finland, they were only going to take five women, so although I won the prone events [in team tryouts], I didn’t get to go.”

Raab will graduate this month from George Washington University with a master’s degree in international policy and practice. She earned an MBA in 1984 and a BS in materials engineering in 1980 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Raab’s engineering background serves her well in the highly technical sport of rifle shooting. The accuracy of the gun she uses will place all 60 shots in a group less than two inches in diameter from more than three football fields away.

Raab, whose husband Marcus is a national coach trainer for the National Rifle Association, was the top civilian shooter out of 1,400 participants in the 1994 National Trophy Individual Match, winning the Nathan Hale Trophy.

The World Shooting Championships are expected to draw more than 2,000 competitors from around the world.

For more information, visit www.usashooting.org.

— Gene Mueller

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