Waterford’s Maddy Bernau all the time dreamed about going to the Olympics.
Now she’s an Olympic medalist.
Bernau, a 2016 Waterford High School graduate, hit the successful shot in a shoot-off with Slovakia to present the U.S. the bronze medal within the blended group entice taking pictures competitors on Saturday on the Tokyo Games.
Bernau and accomplice Brian Burrows jumped out to an early 18-17 lead after 20 photographs. Bernau missed three of her subsequent 5 to open the door for Slovakia.
The Slovakian group gave up the higher hand when Zuzana Stefecekova, the gold medalist within the particular person occasion, missed three of her final 5 to present Slovakia a closing rating of 42 out of fifty.
That gave Bernau a shot to clinch, which she missed.
But Bernau instantly composed herself, and when Stefecekova missed once more within the shoot-off, Bernau took benefit of her second shot and whirled round with an excited smile.
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Burrows, who was twelfth within the males’s entice occasion, hit 23 of 25 targets within the closing. Bernau hit 19.
Bernau, a younger competitor at age 23, positioned seventh within the ladies’s particular person occasion, simply lacking the six-person closing. Fellow U.S. shooter Kayle Browning took second in that occasion, however she and Derrick Mein struggled to a Thirteenth-place end in qualifying.
In the gold medal match, Spain and San Marino every shot decrease scores than the ultimate opponents, with Spain’s Fatima Galvez and Alberto Hernandez successful 41-40. Alessandra Perilli, who received the primary medal ever for the tiny nation of San Marino in ladies’s entice, received San Marino’s first silver alongside Gian Berti.
The medal is San Marino’s highest within the Olympics and simply its second in 61 years of competitors.
Bernau’s clay goal taking pictures expertise started when she was simply 12 years outdated at a 4-H membership within the Town of Waterford.
A number of years later, her father launched her to the Burlington and Waterford taking pictures groups the place she shot American entice, skeet, and sporting clays by means of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).
In 2014, Bernau attended an SCTP growth camp held on the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The camp was designed to introduce younger SCTP athletes into the Olympic disciplines of shotgun sports activities.
She started taking pictures in USA Shooting sanctioned competitions in the summertime of 2016 on the Junior Olympic Championships. She competed in her first choice match in Fort Benning, Georgia on the 2017 Spring Selection Match.
In 2018, Bernau earned a spot on her first official USA Shooting Team to attend the World Championships in Changwon, Korea. She additionally earned a spot on the Junior National Team on the National Junior Olympic Championships proper earlier than attending the 2018 World Championships within the fall.
Normally after competing on the junior nationwide stage, the subsequent step is the U.S. National Team. Bernau bypassed the conventional development and secured a spot on the United States Olympic Trap Team in March 2020 in Tuscon, Arizona.
“I’m not going to lie, the feeling that I’m actually going hasn’t hit me yet,” Bernau stated on the time. “It’s kind of surreal.
“The girls I’m competing against have been shooting since they were 5, 6 years old,” Bernau stated. “If I’m being honest, leading up to the match I didn’t have much confidence at all.”
Chad Whittenberg, head coach of the clay goal group at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, and Chairman of the Board for USA Shooting, has been Bernau’s coach since she transferred to the varsity for the 2018-19 college yr. She had beforehand been at Simpson College at Indianola, Iowa, however transferred when her coach took one other job.
“She has done a lot of work to get to this point,” Whittenberg stated in 2020. “It takes a strong mental game, and she’s been putting in the time and the work.”
Other athletes with Racine County connections are 2006 Waterford High School graduate Rae Lin D’Alie, who performed for Italy in 3×3 ladies’s basketball, and Catholic Central High School graduate Stephanie Roble, a sailor.
D’Alie led Italy in scoring in 4 of the group’s six pool matches, together with netting 13 in Italy’s 22-14 win over Romania. The group completed 2-4 in pool play and misplaced to China 19-13 in quarterfinals on July 27. D’Alie led Italy with 5 factors in that recreation.
China went on to win the bronze medal recreation.
Roble is crusing within the 49er FX skiff classification. There are 12 races earlier than the medal race is competed on Monday. Roble, who’s from East Troy, and her accomplice Maggie Shea positioned third within the first race on July 27 and second within the second race that day.
On Saturday, the duo positioned 14th within the tenth race, didn’t enter the eleventh race, and completed fifth within the twelfth and closing race earlier than the medal race.