Hannah Virga is a Chandler teenager aiming for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team in 2016. [Submitted/John Virga]
East Valley resident Linda Turley-Hansen
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I had the priviledge of watching Small Caliber Shooting at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles along with all the other Shooting Events. Holding an....heavy, target barreled .22lr rifle and shooting freehand at 5" targets for half an hour or so (forgot how long they shoot) really gives a person respect for the atheletes who compete. I don't think we will ever see a more beautiful shooting venue for this Event than the Peking Olympics...millions of dollars spent...filtered air....the best of the best for the shooters.
Good Luck to Hannah Virga
"It would require her to shoot two relays in one day. Her father explains, “Two in one day is equal to running two marathons in a day.”
Having competed in both sports, allow me to correct this falsehood. Shooting a relay, while both physically and mentally challenging, is NOT the equivalent to running a marathon. Only someone who has never run a marathon could say such a thing.
She could have competed on the original day, but CHOSE not to - her decision. Which is fine, but to act as if she overcame obstacles - obstacles that were only present, again, because of her personal choices and beliefs - is dishonest.
As for Hannah, kudos to you for competing, and good luck in the future. But please, try to keep people like Linda Turley-Hansen and her ilk from covering you...as you can see from this article, she just used you to further her own agenda.
I agree whole heartedly! Good Luck, Hannah.
I have know Hannah since her birth. Her father John became acquainted with hand guns from a time when his father, a prosecutor, was threatened by an organized crime member. Hannah's older brother, Joe, is also a shooter and a good piano player. John and Alycia own a TV but with rare exception it is turned off. The family devotes itself to service to eachother and to others.
John understands that while the Second Amendment does permit him to be armed, that being armed needs to be well justified and called for. His large collection of fire arms is well secured. He and those of his children who are interested in the sport of competitive shooting are regulars at the range in northeast Mesa. Joe does the Boy Scout merit badge councelling in our congregation.
It's all about balancing. Joe and Alycia's children don't waste their time on relative meanial and unproductive entertainment, but devote themselves to those activities which either serve others or develope usefull skills. Hannah does much more that poke holes in paper from 20 yards!
Yes, Good Luck, Hannah. I'm sure we shall all be hearing much much more from you and from all of your brothers and sisters. Mom and Dad once danced in the NY ballette. That's where they met!
This column is nothing but a feel-good back slapping fest for Mormons. You'd think being Mormon is the only reason this girl is competing. Too bad there aren't any Pagans worthy of your false praise.
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