The U.S. Olympic Mized Trap team of Madelynn Bernau and Brian Burrows has added to the Team USA’s medal count, winning bronze at this debut Olympic debut shooting event.
The team from Spain won gold, while San Marino took silver.
The American duo had taken an early 18-17 lead after 20 shots, but Bernau subsequently missed three of her next five. However, Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefecekova, who won gold in the individual event, missed three of her last five to give Slovakia a final score of 42 out of 50. After a nail-biting shootout where in which both women missed critical shots, Bernau was able to close the deal.
Her teammate, Burrows, hit 23 of 25 targets in the final round, while Bernau hit 19.
Madelynn Bernau’s first experience in international competition was the 2016 Junior Olympic Championships. In 2018, she earned a spot on her first official USA Shooting Team to attend the World Championships in Changwon, Korea. Bernau also earned a spot on the Junior National Team at the National Junior Olympic Championships right before attending the 2018 World Championships in the fall.