Nic Moschetti wins skeet at the Junior Olympics; The World Cup is next – Broomfield Enterprise

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Nic Moschetti started making headlines years ago collecting headlines with his shooting range mastery, and he hasn’t lost his momentum.

Now a sophomore at the university, the high school graduate Broomfield has secured spots on the United States Junior World Cup team and on a United States marksmanship team that will compete in international competitions this fall.

In June, he won the National Junior Olympic competition in Colorado Springs, which targets under-21 shooters, earning him a spot on the World Cup squad. This team will travel to Porpetto, Italy, August 19-22. He will travel with the other two finishers of the Junior Olympics.

Moschetti, 19, also won the US National Archery Championships in July and, combined with victory at the Junior Olympics, cemented his place in a three-member squad that will travel to Moscow in September.

The two competitions had around 80 competitors competing.

Moschetti, who got a full ride to Lindenwood Private University in St. Charles, Missouri, for his shooting and education, recently transferred to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. After winning the Junior Olympics, he was approached to become a resident athlete at the Colorado Springs training center and transferred to continue his education.

At Lindenwood, he also won a national college championship.

“I loved being a Lion,” he said of his time in Missouri.

He moved to Colorado Springs to focus on shooting, he said, and plans to be there until the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.

“If I’m serious about shooting now is the time for me to really focus on this and keep studying,” Moschetti said.

He is looking for a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Sports Management. Being close to the US Olympic Committee and different governing bodies can also open up opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation.

“I know I won’t be an athlete for the rest of my life, but (I would like) to stay with the athletes and the rest of the world of sport,” he said.

He was home for a few days last week.

Moschetti has been competing internationally since the age of 14 and trains about five days a week.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a lot of mental training – visualization, mental preparation, relaxation exercises,” he said. “Throughout the day, there is always something I can do to improve myself, like working out physically at the shooting range or going to the gym and staying on top of physical performance.

Shooting itself doesn’t require a lot of strength, he said, but when competitions go on for days in the sun, a competitor needs endurance and a strong core.

“There are more things that come into play than what is obvious,” he said.

His mother Rachelle Moschetti said her son’s talent was “given of God for sure” but that his father started taking Nic out when he was young to hunt birds.

“From the age of 4 or 5, the boy had some sort of weapon in his hand to hunt or be an outdoor enthusiast,” she said.

She is proud that Nic represents the United States at the World Cup, which takes place every year, and at the World Championships, which takes place every four years.

“These are pretty exciting things,” said Rachelle Moschetti.

With a child pursuing this type of path, it becomes a family affair, she said, and they have been as supportive as possible to make these achievements come true.

“My family has been my biggest support team,” Nic said. “It was my father who really pushed me to shoot, he was my original trainer. God only knows how many hours I spent with him on the shooting range.

He said he was eternally grateful for their help.

“Whatever I choose to do, and wherever I am in the competitive world, I know I am supported by my family,” he said. “When you go to bed at night, to have that support, it’s almost like a warm hug.”

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, [email protected] or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios



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