The past year has proven to be one full of accomplishments for Amanda Furrer. The 22-year-old Spokane, Washington native not only represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games, she also wrapped up her degree at Ohio State University. In addition, while 2012-2013 was a banner year for the young Furrer, the future looks brighter still for this shooting star. With Furrer’s family background, it is no surprise her life has taken her down the shooting sports path. Her father, Mike, shoots tactical matches, while her mother, Vicki, shoots pistols. Amanda credits sister Lauren with her start in the sport-shooting world. After watching her sister take an interest in the shooting sports, Amanda’s desire to emulate Lauren landed her on the Spokane Junior Rifle Team at just 11 years old.
From there, her advancement was quick. An eight-time World Cup qualifier, Furrer first qualified for the Pan American Games in 2007, where, at just 16 years old, she took home a bronze medal. After taking gold in the 2008 Junior International Hopes Match, Furrer earned an alternate spot on the 2008 Olympic squad, followed by silver at the 2009 Junior Olympic Championships and gold at the same event in 2010. The summer of 2010 was another successful one for Amanda, as she helped the United States take home gold in the women’s 50-meter 3-position junior team competition at the 50th ISSF World Championships in Munich, Germany.
In addition to touring the world on the international competition circuit, Furrer spent four years studying and shooting at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While competing for the Buckeyes, Furrer racked up the awards. The Buckeyes took home four Western Intercollegiate Rifle Championships with Furrer on the squad. As an individual, Amanda added three First-Team All-American awards, three Conference Championships in smallbore, and qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. Over the course of her career, Furrer posted three consecutive top-10 NCAA finishes. To make her achievements that much more impressive, all of Furrer’s collegiate accomplishments at the range came while she was earning her bachelor’s degree in finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She graduated in May of 2013 after capping off her highly successful collegiate career.
Away from her Buckeye commitments, 2011 brought high expectations for Furrer in addition to Olympic hopefulness. Amanda placed third at the 2011 National Championships, earning herself a bronze medal and eventually a coveted spot on the 2012 Olympic National Team.
The avid outdoorswoman joined her teammates in London at the 2012 Games, representing the United States in the women’s 50-meter 3-Position competition. Just 21 years old and competing in the Olympic Games for the first time, Furrer made her country proud, finishing in 15th place among a strong field of competitors.
Fresh off her Olympic debut, and with degree in hand, it is exciting to imagine what the future has in store for Furrer. With a career in international finance in her sights and more Olympic hopes down the line, the promising young talent that is Amanda Furrer will most likely be a name that continues to gain international recognition, both on and off the range.
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