While a great deal of attention has been paid by the press of the country to the part played by our athletes in the Olympic Games, held in Stockholm, Sweden, last summer, very little has been told about the shooting features of that great competition. Yet shooting formed a considerable part of the games and had a very decided effect on the final standing of the leading countries. That shooting was overlooked in the daily press in this country was due largely to the fact that the representatives of the press of the United States not only knew very little about the shooting game, but did not even arrive at the games until after some of the most important shooting events had been completed. Furthermore, the press of this country has never taken much interest in rifle shooting, and though the big rifle matches of the country involve an enormous number of competitors, they are rarely even reported by the big newspapers and certainly are never treated as fully as are other competitive events.
Rifle Shooting at the Olympic Games of 1912
By Lieut.-Commander Harris Laning, U.S. Navy, Captain of the U.S. Olympic Rifle Team