Jason Parker Qualifies for the Olympic Games for the Third Time

Jason Parker was named USA Shooting Male Shooter of the Year in 1998.

Jason Parker was named USA Shooting Male Shooter of the Year in 1998.

May 27, 2008

CINCINNATI - 1996 Xavier graduate Jason Parker was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team after the conclusion of the Men's 3-Position Rifle and Men's Rapid Fire Pistol events at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on May 19 in Fort Benning, Ga.

 

After holding the lead throughout the three days of the Men's 3-Position Rifle competition, two-time Olympian and U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) member Parker finished on top with an overall score of 3709.5 points to earn his second spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Parker will represent the U.S. in both Men's 3-Position Rifle and Men's Air Rifle at the Olympic Games in Beijing this August.

 

Parker, who earned All-America status in each of his four years at XU, will be competing in the Olympics for the third time.  He also qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and for the 2004 Games in Athens.   

 

Parker, who was inducted into the XU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002, won the gold medal in the 1998 World Cup Air Rifle Championship in Munich.  Parker was also named USA Shooting Male Air Rifle Shooter of the Year in 1998.