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Lones Wigger: We mourn the loss and honor his legend.

Dec 15 '17 | By admin | Views: 345 | Comments: 1


It was sad news when I read today's USA Shooting press release that Ret. Army Lt. Col. Lones W. Wigger, a four-time Olympian and the most decorated shooter in the world, passed away on the evening of December 14, 2017 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.


Wigger became the only athlete to win medals in all three Olympic rifle shooting disciplines and was selected as one of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Olympians in 1996.  In honor of his achievements and in celebration of his 80th birthday on August 25, USA Shooting renamed the interior of its headquarters and upper range the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall and Range. Wigger also wanted his legacy to also benefit young shooters and the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr. Olympic Endowment was established to grow youth shooting programs. To date, more than $225,000 has been raised and will impact junior shooting for years to come.


Funeral and memorial services will be announced.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr. Olympic Endowment.


View Pictures from the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall & Range Dedication

Listen to Lones Wigger’s last public speech given on his 80th Birthday  


The full press release from USA Shooting is available here.

Picture above is from USA Shooting.


Thank you Wig for everything you have done for our sport! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Dec 15 '17
For the past 50 years, I have always thought of Lones Wigger as the ultimate best in our sport. As a kid in Grammar school I would follow his scores and pictures from Camp Perry much like a basketball fan followed Michael Jordan. While never in Wigger’s league as far as scores go (except in my dreams) I will always remember in College shooting on the firing line next to a Legend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wigger family.For the past 50 years, I have always thought of Lones Wigger as the ultimate best in our sport. As a kid in Grammar school I would follow his scores and pictures from Camp Perry much like a basketball...See more
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