Multi years ago I was fortunate to be chosen to be part of a Shooting Federation of Canada team that twice went to Fort Benning Georgia on a coaches training courses. That was where I first made the acquaintance of Lones Wigger who was stationed there as part of the internationally known US shooting team which included Jack Foster, Margaret Murdock, and Bill Krilling, among others. I crossed paths with him again at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City and then again at the Canadian National Matches one year.
Wigger was a phenomenal competitor as his record shows, but on top of that he was truly a gentleman, funny and down to earth and willing to help other competitors along the way.
Shooting has for many years been downgraded in Olympic competition but it shouldn’t be. It has a tradition that goes back to the first of the modern Olympics held in Athens in 1896 and has had great champions. Unfortunately it does does fit well for television coverage. No running or throwing or visible heroics. Just concentration, mental discipline and incredible skill.
Which is a long way around to the point of all this.
Lones Wigger has been named as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and the public can participate in the vote.
The press release sent out by the U.S Hall of Fame explains how it works.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the finalists for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and invites the public to vote online at usolympichalloffame.com to help determine who will comprise the next class of inductees. Six individual Olympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympian, along with a coach, a veteran and a special contributor, will be honored during the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Allstate.
I would ask you to take a moment and put in your vote for a well deserving shooter. VOTE WIGGER!! Voting ends on March 28th.