March 11, 2014

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A.J. Tourigny
Fitchburg, Mass.

The current team captain of the Ohio State pistol team, A.J. Tourigny is a six-time All-American and two-time Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete. The senior earned NRA First Team All-America honors in free and air pistol (2011-12) as well as NRA Second Team All-America honors in free pistol (2013) and Honorable Mention accolades in air pistol (2013). A Fitchburg, Mass., native, Tourigny helped guide the open pistol team to a second-place finish at the 2011 NRA National Championships as well as to a third-place and fourth-place finish at the 2012 and 2013 NRA National Championships, respectively.

The Buckeyes compete at the 2014 NRA National Championships March 8-15 at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga.

Student Life
Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring? Spring
Where is the best place to sit for lectures? I’m a third row, aisle seat type of guy
Most underrated place to study on campus? Prior Library
Why did you choose to major in Political Science? To become President of the United States
Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University – Overwhelming to say the least

Popular Culture
Favorite TV show – The West Wing, Big Bang Theory and Modern Family
Favorite movie – Men of Honor, Lincoln Favorite book and/or magazine – The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Favorite celebrity – Ronald Reagan
Favorite singer or musical group – Singer – Chris Young / Group – The Temptations
Last concert I attended was – Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line

Favorite pro sports team – Boston sports
The athlete I would most like to compete against – Andrew Jackson
Favorite athletic memory – Shooting on the line with my old man
Team you’re most looking forward to competing against – Navy / West Point
Pre-meet rituals – Chewing gum and listening to Van Morrison
What is your top skill? What do you need to improve? Free Pistol is my favorite gun, while Standard Pistol is definitely an area I could work on.

Most interesting place I’ve visited – Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
Place I would like to visit – Ireland

Favorite home cooked meal – Nothing better than mom’s roast beef and mashed potatoes
Favorite snack food – If you don’t like chips and salsa as a snack, you haven’t lived.

Person/People I most admire – My parents
The greatest risk I’ve ever taken was – Going skydiving
In 10 years, I would like to be – An officer in the military and/or a public office official
If I had a million dollars, I would – Put it towards my campaign for presidency
Coolest thing you did this past summer – Shot a .50 Caliber Barrett rifle
Most prized possession – My father’s 1911 .45 he became distinguished with
I would like to trade places for a day with – Colin Mochrie, from “Whose Line is it anyway”
Dream event (non-sport or sport related) you would like to attend – Presidential Inauguration
If your parents/guardians bragged about you, what would they say? They would either tell you something about shooting, politics, Ohio State, or that I am a twin.
Pop or Soda? – Us New Englanders drink “Soder”
Cats or Dogs? – Dogs, no competition.
Early Bird or Night Owl? – Both. Would you be the O, H, I or the O? – I – because I’m scrawny enough to blow over in a stiff breeze.