Missoula Man Close to Making Olympic Air Pistol Team
One Missoula resident is just a step away from being on the U.S. Olympic team. Jason Herndon got the call just a few days ago and is now trying to raise money for a trip to Germany.
"I got a phone call from the U.S. Olympic Training Center and was offered a spot on the Munich World Cup Team," Herndon said. "Of course, I took it. This will be my first international and World Cup match. In my discipline, Men's Freestyle Air Pistol I will be competing against the best 170 of the best shooters in the world."
Herndon is one of five U.S. shooters headed to Munich, two of which happen to be Montanans. Although he is in the top five, Herndon desperately wants to be in the top two so he can have a shot at an Olympic podium. Before he can make the cut though, he has to make the grade at the World Cup.
"The way I look at it is, if you train hard enough and you make the Olympic team, you are one of two people, once every four years, that gets the honor of representing your country," Herndon said. That would certainly be a feather in my cap, and I hope I can make it happen."
Herndon just has a few weeks to raise about four thousand dollars for his trip to the World Cup, he is currently asking for donations at gofundme.com
He says he has self-funded every tournament since 2009, but needs a little help because of the last minute nature of his world cup qualification.