Lones Wigger

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Lones Wigger
Medal record
Men's shooting
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1964 Tokyo 50 m rifle three positions
Gold 1972 Munich 300 m free rifle
Silver 1964 Tokyo 50 m rifle prone position

Lones Wesley Wigger, Jr. (Born August 15, 1937) retired as a Lt. Colonel U.S.A. Wigger, as member of the United States Olympic team on four occasions.[1]

He was born in Great Falls, Montana.

Wigger was a member of the Olympic shooting team in 1964, 1968,1972 and 1980. The 1964 effort resulted in a gold medal. He won the gold for the three position small-bore rifle with a score of 1164, and also won a silver medal for small-bore rifle, prone position with a score of 597. In 1972, Wigger won the gold medal for free rifle, 3 position, with a score of 1155.[2]

Lones Wigger was on the Army Marksmanship Unit, and competed in international matches representing the United States for 20 years. He has held many U.S. records and won dozens of National Championships held dozens of world records and won more awards in total than any other shooter in history.

He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in June 2008.[3]

His daughter Deena Wigger was on the 1988 Olympic air rifle squad.

His son Ron Wigger is currently the head rifle coach of the West Point rifle team, and has been for thirteen seasons. Under him, the team has qualified for the championships for the past nine seasons, capturing the title in 2005, bronze in 2006 and silver for two years after that.


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