Lones Wigger – Olympic Hall of Fame Nominee

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.

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One Response to “Lones Wigger – Olympic Hall of Fame Nominee”

  1. Gary Faules Says:

    In the late 70′s I was shooting United States Olympic Skeet and while shooting in Mexico City my coach introduced me to Lones Wigger whom I had never met until that day but had idolized for years prior. After having a great day of competition we walked into the cantina for lunch and saw Lones sitting at a table where he was making custom earplugs and selling them. After my coach introduced me Lones invited us to join him for lunch and he surprised me not only by showing interest in my shooting but he even knew what I had shot that day which amazed me since Skeet shooters and rifle shooters really don’t have anything in common or so I thought at the time. After an amazing lunch we got up to leave but before I walked away I treasingly asked, “So Lones, since you make earplugs do you also pierce ears?” He looked up with a smile and an evil smirk on his face and said, “You bet… at 50 meters.”

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