Caruso to become Norwich's first female Olympian

2000 grad to compete in Athens for US women's air rifle team

Emily Caruso aims her air rifleEmily Caruso, a 2000 graduate of Norwich University, will become the school's first female Olympian when she represents the United States at the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Caruso, a former member of the Norwich University rifle team, was a four-year All-American and the 1998 NCAA individual air rifle champion. She will compete in air rifle and will be vying for the first medal scheduled to be awarded at the Athens games. The women's air rifle competition begins at 9:00 a.m. Athens time (2:00 a.m. Eastern time) on Saturday, Aug. 14 (the day after opening ceremonies) at the Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Center. The women's air rifle medal ceremony will take place at approximately 11:55 a.m. Athens time, immediately upon the conclusion of the women's air rifle finals.

Emily Caruso in US colors"It is an honor for Norwich University to have one of our own competing on the world's largest sports stage at the Olympic Games, and a privilege for Emily to be representing her country in Athens," said Norwich University President Richard Schneider. "Emily's dedication to her sport and to her country reflect the virtues we seek to instill in all our graduates, and, on behalf of the entire Norwich community, I congratulate Emily for her achievement."

Caruso, who was a civilian student at Norwich, earned her spot on the U.S. team by virtue of her first-place finish in the air rifle competition at the USA Shooting Olympic Team Selection Matches, held May 31 in Fort Benning, Ga. In a sport where scoring margins are measured in tenths of a point, Caruso shot 1397.2, nearly eight points better than her nearest competitor, Army SPC Hattie Johnson, who shot 1389.6.

A native of Fairfield, Conn., Caruso received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Norwich. She has been residing and training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since graduation.

NBC and its associated networks will provide live and taped coverage of the Olympic Summer Games from Athens, with MSNBC scheduled to have live coverage during the hours of the women's air rifle competition.

by Peter Lefresne
June 2004

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