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Olympics Exclusive Q&A: Conner Prince, USA Men’s Skeet

By: Daphane Cassidy, NSSF Staff

As the Paris 2024 Olympics approach, Conner Prince, an exceptional talent in Olympic Skeet, is gearing up to represent the United States on the world stage.

In an exclusive Q&A session with NSSF, Conner shares his journey from starting with his local high school shooting team in 2014 to making his first Olympic team in 2024. He provides insights into his evolving training regimen, focused on refining his moves to achieve peak performance. Conner discusses the honor of representing the USA, his aspirations for winning gold, and the importance of enjoying the Olympic experience. Additionally, he offers valuable advice to aspiring athletes about the perseverance needed to reach the Olympic level.

Learn more about Conner Prince’s experiences as he aims for Olympic glory in Paris.

How did you get started in shooting sports? Can you describe your journey from starting in shooting sports to becoming an Olympic athlete?

“I started shooting with my local high school team in 2014 and then progressed to Olympic Skeet in 2017. I started getting better throughout the years and made my first Olympic team in 2024.”

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Conner Prince competing in the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials. Image Source: (USA Shooting/Joshua Schave)

How has your training regimen evolved since qualifying for the 2024 Olympics? Can you describe a typical day of training in preparation for the Olympics?

“Depending on the day and how close I am to a competition I will shoot either 2 to 3 rounds and a final on the days I shoot 3 rounds. Since qualifying for the Olympics I’ve really started to break down my moves to the target to make it as smooth as possible.”

How does it feel to be preparing for the Olympics, and what does this opportunity mean to you?

“The fact that there are only 2 people that get to represent the United States in my category and I’m one of them is quite an honor. I can’t wait to go to the games and show the whole world what I am capable of!”

 

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The USA Shooting Skeet Atheletes, who have qualified to compete in Pairs this summer. Left to Right: Conner Prince, Vincent Hancock, Austen Smith and Dania Vizzi. Image Source: (USA Shooting/Joshua Schave)

What are your goals and aspirations for the Paris 2024 Olympics?

“My goal for Paris 2024 is to obviously win Gold but to also enjoy it while I’m there. Hopefully its not a once in a lifetime opportunity but either way I’m going to make the best of it.”

What advice would you give to aspiring shooting sports athletes who hope to compete at the Olympic level in the future?

“Never give up. Even on the days you don’t feel like training because the conditions or bad or you’re tired go out and do it anyway. Because there is someone else in your exact shoes who is going to take the day off. Why not get one step ahead of them.”

Conner Prince’s dedication, resilience and passion for shooting sports have propelled him to the pinnacle of his discipline. Conner Prince remains an inspiring figure as he sets his sights on Paris.

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