Exeter, N.H. September 21, 2011 — Max Michel, Jr., brought home the 2012 United States Practical Shooting Association national Championship Tuesday in a way he’s sure to remember. After three days of competition, Michel was sitting atop the Open Division bracket, when he got the call that his wife, Jennifer, had gone into labor.
Thanks to the effort of the USPSA range staff, Max was able to finish up his match first thing in the morning and hop the first flight home to meet his new daughter, Makenzie.
“My wife and family have been so supportive of my shooting career,” Michel said. “Without their love and sacrifice, none of my success would’ve been possible.”
Makenzie Michel was born at 4:09 central time on Tuesday. She weighed 7.7lbs and was 19.5” long. Both mother and daughter are doing great.
“All of us here at SIG SAUER want to congratulate Max and his family on their new addition,” said Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER chief executive officer. “This championship is a big win, but nothing trumps family.”
Michel won 9 of the 20 stages en route to his sixth USPSA national championship. His score of 1743.6246 was more than 3 percentage points ahead of the runner up. The match was held at the Dessert Sportsman Club in Las Vegas.
Next up on Max Michel’s shooting schedule is the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s World Shoot XVI. As part of the United States’ Open Division squad, Michel will compete as a teammate to some of the same shooters he battled in Las Vegas. The match, held in Rhodes, Greece, takes place September 28-October 9.
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About Max Michel, Jr.:
Max Michel, Jr., is one of the premier shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), six USPSA National Championships (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006,
2005 and 2004), three U.S. Steel National Championships (2011, 2009 and 2008), 37 USPSA Area
Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, Max Michel, Jr., has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. Michel also owns multiple World Speed Shooting records as well as the only Action Shooter to win all USPSA Area Championships in the same season (2010). As an
international competitor, Michel has represented the United States in the last four International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals. He
will again represent the nation in Rhodes, Greece, at the 2011 World Shoot and anchor the USA’s Open Division team.
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