The Coast Guard Academy Varsity Pistol Team has a long history of achievement. Since the All-American Pistol award was introduced in 1960 over 80 certificates have been presented to Coast Guard cadets. In the mid 1990's cadets Janine Lavalle and Joseph Brown ruled collegiate pistol individual competition.
Lavalle would raise the prominence of the Coast Guard competitive program when she became the first to represent the service in major international competition since Ensign Harry Renshaw did so in the 1930s. Lavalle, who excelled at pistol marksmanship while a cadet and junior officer, was selected to be a member of the United States Shooting Team at the 2000 Olympic Sydney Games where she competed in women's sport pistol.
Cadet Brian Kim is now making a run at matching Lavalle. The freshman mechanical engineering student will be participating in the first stage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Kim will be one of eighty athletes competing for one Men's Air Pistol slot during the grueling three straight days of competition. If he places in the top ten he will advance to the final Olympic Air Pistol Trials to be held on June.
Prior to the Coast Guard Academy Kim was a member of the Bridge Junior Shooting Club, a USA Shooting Certified Training Center. Among his accolades is being a member of US Team at the Inaugural Junior World Cup in Germany, a member of the 51st World Championship Team in Granada, Spain, and a member of the U.S. Team competing in Czech Republic at the Shooting Hopes Competition. He is the National Champion in Junior Sport Pistol.