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Wigger named to Olympic Hall of Fame

Lones Wigger, a former U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter, has been named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

The retired lieutenant colonel is the first shooter ever selected for the Hall.

Wigger, 70, will be honored at the Hall's induction ceremony June 19 in Chicago.

"It's a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and especially to represent the shooting sports," said Wigger, who now lives in Colorado Springs. "I am overwhelmed. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me."

Wigger was selected to four U.S. Olympic teams and won three Olympic medals, including two gold medals. During his shooting career, Wigger won 111 medals (65 gold, 38 silver and eight bronze) and set 29 world records in international competition, more than any other shooter in the world. He is a member of the USA Shooting Hall of Fame, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame and was also honored in 1996 by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a "Golden Olympian." He is a two-tour Vietnam veteran and spent 25 years on active duty.

As a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Wigger competed at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where he won a combined two gold medals and one silver medal. He also qualified for the 1980 Olympic Team.

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