In the summer of 2001, I was scheduled to compete in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games
in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Fishing, timber skills, target shooting and sporting dog events would make up the lineup of The Great Outdoor Games
"I didn't plan to get into dock jumping with my hunting dogs, but [like Brian Beadling] I was watching the Great Outdoor Games
on ESPN and saw a competition.
A fixture on ESPN's "Great Outdoor Games
," he won 14 medals and ESPN's 2005 ESPY Award for Best Outdoor Sports Athlete.
Superbikes and wrestling happily nuzzle up to martial arts and something called Shooto on today's schedule, though it's the Great Outdoor Games
from Orlando that is most appealing.
- University of Oregon decathlete Brian Bartow won the gold medal for the fourth time in five years in the 65-foot speed climb at the Great Outdoor Games
. Bartow, 26, set a record of 12.6 seconds in scaling the tree.
She will now oversee the organization's Scholastic Clay Target program, Scholastic Rifle Program, and NSSF's involvement in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games
I have learned a lot about shooting fast while preparing for the past four ESPN Great Outdoor Games
. The archery event requires all contestants to shoot fast: to be competitive, you must be able to shoot four arrows in less than 20 seconds, and, of course, those arrows must be right on the mark.
These honors include the Master's International Championship (nine times), NRA-Bianchi Cup (seven times), Chevy Truck Sportsman's Challenge (seven times), Steel Challenge (three times), 1990 IPSC World Championship, 1999 World Action Pistol Championship, 1999 European Bianchi Cup, 1999 World All-Around Championship (rifle, pistol, and shotgun), and 2003 rifle gold medalist at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games
"But once people began seeing young, cute girls logrolling on the ESPN Great Outdoor Games
a few years ago, it definitely changed their ideas."
This summer, the inaugural ESPN Great Outdoor Games
will take place in New York's own Lake Placid.
A former member of the USA Archery team, Randy's innumerable tournament victories include an incredible seven world championships, two ASA Shooter of the Year titles and medals in three ESPN Great Outdoor Games
. And in the field, Randy is widely recognized as one of the most successful bowhunters of his generation, particularly when it comes to pursuing giant elk and mule deer across the Western states.