Lukasz Kosinski takes silver in the men’s 10m air rifle at the 2022 ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. The 2022 World Cup was held in South Korea for the rifle, pistol and rifle from July 9-21.
The silver medal, which added to his many titles, was only awarded in 2022. “I went there and performed the way I wanted, I was pleased,” said Kosinski, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist. “It gave me confidence and told me there was room for growth leading up to the world championship.”
The World Cup medalist said Changwon was good training for the Olympics, because he wasn’t competing in many events. Thus, Kosinski was able to focus his efforts on individual competitions – just like the Olympic environment.
Kosinski also claimed two titles at the 2022 USA National Shooting Rifle Championships weeks before the ISSF World Cup in South Korea. He won gold in the men’s 50-meter mini-hole class and silver in the men’s 10-meter air rifle.
“In the [USA Shooting] “Compatriots, I shot my best air rifle since the Olympics,” said Kosinski, who ranks ninth in the world for the men’s 10-meter air rifle.
At the 2022 ISSF Rio World Cup held last April, Kosinski kicked off his collection of titles in 2022 with a bronze medal in the Smallpoor men’s 50m team event, along with teammates Evan Rowe and Tim Sherry. In addition, he earned a gold medal in the men’s air rifle team event along with Will Shanner and Rylan Kessel.
“In team events, you rely on other athletes to shape them,” explained Kosinski, a North Carolina State University graduate. “Will and Rylan shot really well in the air so it was a great team effort.”
Kosinski not only trains full time at the Olympic and Paralympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but he also runs his own coaching business, Team Winning Solutions.
“I have to make a lot of time management, prioritizing and planning with my athletes to make sure they get everything they need,” Kosinski said of balancing full-time jobs. “[Going] For the citizens, I’ve found innovative ways to train that will also help the athletes improve. There is a lot of overlap between the development of their shooting career and my career development.”
Kosinski is currently training for the Small Guns selection match and the 2022 World Championships that will be held in Egypt this fall. The two-time Olympian will be looking to make up the World Championship team for both the Air Rifle and Smallbore.
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