Senior Editor Chris Jennings of Ducks Unlimited magazine caught up with Olympic trap shooter K. Browning of Team USA before she left for Tokyo in the middle of July. Choose this Arkansas duck hunter as your Olympic hero.
Who is K. Browning?
My father was the one who first taught me how to shoot. He was a top competitor in the sport of sports clays, and I spent much of my childhood at the range and at his contests.
When I was a kid, he’d fill up water balloons or empty Coke cans and let me shoot them with a BB pistol to see the water spill out. It was the greatest thing ever in my opinion.
He made shooting and hunting enjoyable for me from an early age, and I naturally followed in his footsteps. Even when I was a little kid, Dad would take me out on bird and duck hunts and make the whole thing exciting and enjoyable.
K. Browning Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Then, at age 14, I learned that shooting was an Olympic sport. First, I was like, “What?” Are you serious? Olympic shooting?
The thought crossed my mind that, well, that’s the only logical choice. This is so obvious that it defies explanation. Therefore, I shifted my focus to international trap, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Eight years ago, K. Browning learned to shoot with the help of her father, an ardent sporting clay shooter. When she was just 12 years old, she made the open All-American Team in sports clays, where her target shooting career began.
Having visited a Junior Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs the following year, she made the choice to compete in international trap.
In 2007, K. Browning was a member of the Shotgun Junior Olympic Team and went on to win bronze in the National Junior Olympic Championships that same year. Since then, she’s broken numerous national and international records and won multiple medals; she’s now focused on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
K. Browning, at 28 years old, has been a member of the USA Shooting team for the past 20 years, having joined when she was just 15 years old.
Her hobbies include real estate flipping (she’s a realtor), hunting, the beach, and training her two dogs. Since she first picked up a gun, she’s wanted to compete in the Olympics. As a fun tidbit, the laurel wreath is the literal translation of her name. Thanks for reading our article K. Browning Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.