If you think shooters are not real athletes Kim Eagles tends to disagree.
At 23, Eagles is one of the youngest national team shooters and competes in
the pistol events. She's also a former modern pentathlete, an Olympic
event conceived by the founder of the Games Pierre de Coubertin to display
the skills of the perfect soldier. Along with shooting, modern
pentathletes compete in swimming, show jumping, fencing and running.
"Shooting requires a lot of balance and core body strength not just one or
two muscles," said Eagles who competed at the 1994 world championships in
modern pentathlon and switched to pistol shooting only in 1995. "You also
need endurance because our matches last over an hour and you stand in the
same position for that long."
Eagles earned Canada a spot in the women's pistol event by winning the gold
medal at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg then earned the available spot by
placing first at team trials this past February in Toronto. Her goal at
the Olympics is to gain some experience and build towards a medal
performance in 2004.
She is a nursing student at Malaspina University in Nanaimo, B.C., but took
the year off to prepare for the Olympics. Her father Bill Eagles was a
race car driver on the Formula Atlantic circuit.
Women's 25-metre sport pistol: Kim Eagles, Maple Ridge, B.C., was 35th overall.
Kim Eagles, Maple Ridge, B.C., placed 39th among 45 competitors, failed to qualify for final.
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