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Have you ever thought that Athletes are just some people who are gifted with special talent or abilities at birth? Week after week, season after season, we revel in injury time winners, full-court buzzer-beaters, and split-second finishes by these athletes. But, do we truly know the athletes making such spectacles possible for us? To understand what it takes & means to be an athlete, I, Niraj Mulani, speak to them every week as we get candid about their personal stories, memorable achievemen ...
 
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This week we talk to Mike Shatalov. He grew in in the Soviet Union, was rationed food as a kid, joined the US Army and jumped into Russia years later, became a high-level competitive parachutist and is now a Grand Master in the USPSA shooting production, which is dying out like the Soviet Union. We had a great time talking. So much so, we broke thi…
 
This week, we focus on a different aspect of shooting. If you shot Area 8, you know how hot and muggy it was. I ran across a beverage that claimed to work 110% better than water. That beverage is HOIST. I, Dave, reached out to HOIST and Rachel Trotta accepted my invitation to be on the podcast and talk about it. It is, by far, the best hydration be…
 
This week, Leo and I speak with Matthew Nash. He's a former Marine, current LEO that competes in USPSA. What started out as a way to get better for his job has transformed into wanting to test himself at the International level. This is another 2+ hour interview so it is broken down into two parts. www.casualshooterpodcast.com…
 
The two weeks of the Tokyo Olympics were nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and the baton has now been passed to Paris for the 2024 Olympics. In today’s episode, we wrap up our Olympic Series by talking about my learnings from the athletes from Tokyo. Being unapologetically yourself, your wins do not come at the cost of others' losses and respec…
 
This week, Leo and I interview Grant Kunkel. He is the 2021 World Speed Shooting Champion and the owner of 13 World Records. Not only did he crush the World Record time for his division by 5 seconds, he beat the fastest aggregate time overall by 2.5 seconds! He's a Lanny Bassham protégé without Lanny even knowing it. Tune in to find out how he does…
 
In today’s episode, to celebrate Neeraj Chopra's Gold Medal in Javelin Throw at the Tokyo Olympics, we try and understand what it takes to become an Olympic champion. To share what it means to win a gold medal at the Olympics, we have with us Lindsay Shoop, an Olympic Champion in Rowing. She talks about her experience of winning the gold medal, how…
 
This week, Leo and I talk to Ben Campomanes (Owner/CEO) and Sam Sutphin (Operations Manager) of LASR App. This is a very intriguing product. It uses a camera (webcam, cell phone, etc) to capture laser impulses from pistols. Not only that, the software has built in timers to record everything you do. With one camera, you can designate up to 20 targe…
 
In this episode, we are joined by a true legend of track and field sports in India, 4-time Olympian, Vikas Gowda. Vikas competes in the event of Discus Throw and other than being a 4-time Olympian, he is a Padma Shree Awardee and National record holder. Vikas and Niraj chat about what it takes to qualify for and compete at 4 Olympics and also how h…
 
In today’s episode, we are joined by a Track and Field athlete who competes in the event of High Jump - Sahana Kumari. Sahana ma’am represented India at the London Olympics and is also the current National Record holder. We talk about the internal and external challenges that she had to overcome in order to qualify for the Olympics. We also discuss…
 
In today’s episode, we are joined by Indian Olympian swimmer, Hakimuddin Habibulla. Hakim is a swimmer who competed at the Sydney Olympics in the Men’s 200m freestyle event. We talk about what barriers he had to overcome to qualify for the Olympics, what it means to represent India at the Olympics, especially in a sport that’s often lost in obscuri…
 
This week, Leo and I had the pleasure of interviewing the Williams sisters, Jalise and Justine. Between them, they have a world record, 9 national records, 39 national titles, 2 black belts in karate, they hunt, they fish and read Bill O'Reilly. What you won't find on their resume is dancing nor broccoli. Enjoy! www.casualshooterpodcast.com…
 
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about India’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics so far. We are also joined by Indian Olympian in pistol shooting, Prakash Nanjappa. Prakash competed at the Rio Olympics and is also an Arjuna Awardee. Other than discussing the Indian shooting team's performance at the Olympics so far, we also discuss what it take…
 
This week, Leo and I speak with Keanu Sy and Stephen Van about Area 8. Keanu is the Match Director, as he was last year. Stephen is the Assistant match Director. We discuss all things Area 8 to include last year's match. And, the public unveiling of the Area 8 match jersey. We even talk about some controversy surrounding the stages. www.casualshoot…
 
To mark the Opening Ceremony day of the Tokyo Olympics, we're announcing our Olympics Special series. In this series, we'll be joined by past and present olympians who will shed light on the journey to competing at the grandest stage in the world of sports - The Olympics, as we learn what it takes to overcome your fears and inhibitions and lead a l…
 
This week we welcome Jason Bradley to the show. I've been wanting to have him on. As soon as I saw that he is now sponsored by Canik, it became imperative. In 2019, Jason finished 16 at USPSA Nationals shooting Carry Optics. Early 2020, he switched to the Canik SFx and continued with Carry Optics. He placed 2nd behind Max Michel at Factory Gun Nati…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj welcomes Canada’s skeleton athlete - Cassie Hawrysh. Cassie has had a very colorful and unique route to finding skeleton. She grew up competing in volleyball, then transitioned to heptathlon and then to discovering, almost by chance, skeleton. Cassie and Niraj talk about her meteoric rise in the sport, winning medals in th…
 
******NSFW******EXPLICIT LANGUAGE****** This week, we interview Bill Duda, owner of Go Fast Don't Suck. He's also the OG USPSA meme maker. If you've been around long enough, there's a chance he has made fun of you by immortalizing you in a meme. We discuss shooting, Go Fast Don't Suck products, match sponsorships and other things. This is definitel…
 
In today’s episode, we have our first-ever international Ice Hockey player - Doug Lynch. Doug started playing Ice Hockey at the age of 3 and won his first junior league at the age of 18, which is when he also got drafted into the NHL. After fulfilling his dream of playing in the NHL, albeit a very short stint, Doug moved base to Austria, where we p…
 
This week, it's just Leo and Me. Huggy had family obligations that prevented him from being present. Our guest this week is David Ankeny. He is the Match Director for the Virginia State Championship. He's been the MD for that match since 2019. We talk about everything match related, including last year's record number of DQ's and why. As usual, you…
 
In today’s episode, we welcome Ajax Amsterdam’s Goal Keeper, Nick Hengelman. Nick has had a very interesting career that has seen him play across multiple divisions in the Netherlands as well as a stint with Ajax’s sister club Ajax Cape Town. Nick and Niraj discuss his journey to turning pro despite starting relatively late. Nick also candidly shed…
 
This week, join the three of us as we welcome Lt's Jeremy Lightner and Marc Santos to the podcast. Jeremy is the USN AST Captain even though he is a Lt which is actually a Captain. I know that sounds confusing but it is explained in the podcast. Just as we did with the USAF AST, we cover a lot of ground. There's a lot of show and tell in this episo…
 
In today’s episode, we have with us triple olympian, and an olympic record holder in rowing - Sally Callie. Sally and Niraj talk about how rowing found her, instead of the other way round. They also discuss how Sally dealt with not one but two 4th place finishes at the Olympics, narrowly missing out on medals. Sally also reflects on getting diagnos…
 
This week, Huggy and I interview Logan Saunders. He's a local (Richmond, VA) USPSA shooter that has recently competed in PCC, CO and Open. His "Open" gun is a .357 Sig with an optic, not your usual Open gun. He's also a RO that has worked the VA State Championship, Area 8 Championship and last year's Factory Gun Nationals (CO and Production). I int…
 
In today’s episode, we have United States’ winter Olympian - Rebekah Bradford. Rebekah is a speedskater who competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the 1,000 meters distance. Rebekah and Niraj discuss her qualification to the Olympics - the skate that is a folklore in the US speed skating circuit. Rebekah also reflects on how she accidentally found…
 
This week, we invite Gianni Giordano onto the podcast. If you don't know Gianni, suffice it to say he has finished in the Top 10 at Limited Nationals the last two years and just finished second at Limited 10 Nationals. He's 17 but has been shooting competitively for quite some time (I don't want to spoil how long it has been). While he is a serious…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj welcomes Olympian Siona Fernandes. Siona is of Indian-origin and represented New Zealand at the London Olympics in the sport of Boxing. Siona and Niraj discuss what was it like growing up in Goa while playing multiple sports and also how her dancing career of 17 years helped her with Boxing. She reflects on moving to New Z…
 
In today's episode, Niraj welcomes this show's first ever professional footballer as a guest. It is PSG Women's Goal Keeper, Arianna Criscione. Arianna has one of the most unique profiles in football, as she has two parallel contracts with PSG, one as a goal keeper and another one as a sponsorship manager. In this episode, they talk about Arianna's…
 
This week, Leo, Chris and I interview two members of the United States Air Force Action Shooting Team. It's a fun interview with a lot of information. It is befitting that we interview a military shooting team for Memorial Day. Please remember those military members that gave up their lives for our freedom. www.casualshooterpodcast.com…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Great Britain’s Olympian, Stewart Innes. Stewart and Niraj discuss how he came through a tough group of rowers and got selected to race at the Rio Olympics, where he finished fourth and narrowly missed out on a medal. Stewart also reflects on the injury setback he had after Rio and how that paved way for what he cons…
 
This week we have a full house. All of us are here to welcome Julie Golob to the show. Julie is the only female USPSA Ladies National Champion. She's the ONLY shooter of either sex to have won a National Championship in all 7 USPSA pistol divisions. She is, without question, the most decorated women's action pistol shooter in the history of action …
 
In today’s episode, Niraj chats with Olympian Goran Nava! Goran is a middle-distance runner who represented Serbia at the Beijing Olympics in the 1500 meter track and field event. Niraj and Goran go back to the year 2007, a year before the Beijing Olympics, when Goran had been a corporate employee for 2 good years and suddenly decided to pursue his…
 
Welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast. Our guest this week comes by way of concealedcarry.com and it is Riley Bowman. He runs the podcast on that site and covers anything and everything concealed carry. However, he is also a USPSA Master-class shooter in Carry Optics. We discuss concealed carry as well as competition shooting. You can find a…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj has the honour of welcoming current world #1 pistol shooter - Zorana Arunović. Zorana is a double world champion, current world record holder in 10m Air Pistol, and has countless medals from World Cups and World & European Championships. Zorana and Niraj discuss the factors behind her consistent and unparalleled success an…
 
Welcome to this weeks episode of the Casual Shooters Podcast! This week, we have another special guest. None other than Steve Anderson of That Shooting Show. Steve is renowned for training people how to dry fire and do it properly and mental management. We get into both topics in the two hours that Steve is on the show. He has a great sense of humo…
 
Niraj welcomes America’s one of the best Triathletes - Jarrod Shoemaker. He is the International Triathlon Union’s U23 World Champion, World Cup silver medallist and America’s best-ranked Triathlete for much of his career. Jarrod and Niraj discuss his transition from being just a runner to becoming an Olympic triathlete, his experience at the Beiji…
 
This week, we welcome Mike Seeklander. Mike is a legend in the shooting sports. His accolades go way beyond what we can list here. We delve deep into his history and get some training tips as well. Come with us on our journey through the life and mind of Mike Seeklander. You can find links on our website: www.casualshooterpodcast.com…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Latvian Olympian Pauls Pujats. Since Pauls is the first pole vaulter on the podcast, Niraj tries to understand the sport first-hand from Pauls - the basics of the sport and what constitutes an ideal pole vaulter - physically as well as mentally. Pauls also reflects on how he fulfilled his dream of getting to the Olym…
 
Welcome to another episode of the Casual Shooters podcast. This week, we shift gears a little bit and welcome Jill McDaniel. Jill is the founder of Mom-At-Arms which is a women's Pro-2A group. She specifically founded it to counter the anti-gun rhetoric and propaganda. This episode is a little longer than most but we quote FBI Crime Statistics, Joh…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Olympic and World Champion in Rowing - Lindsay Shoop. Lindsay and Niraj discuss her journey from almost running away from her first rowing training session to winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Lindsay also reflects on what sort of interactions she’s having with herself while she’s performing, an insight…
 
This week, Chris and Leo are on vacation (from the podcast - slackers!). That leaves me to enjoy a nice, long talk/interview with Mike Foley, President of USPSA. He brings a lot of background of the USPSA to the interview, to include some history. Don't forget to like and comment on the episode. See you again next week!!…
 
We hope everyone in the audience had a wonderful Easter!! This week, we have another USPSA GM on the show. Kevin Gorospe is an Atlas Gun Works sponsored shooter. He is a teammate of another guest we had on earlier, David Wampler. As is the usual, we talk a lot of shooting with a several dashes of humor. You will have to excuse Dave. He was dealing …
 
This week, Brian Conley joins us "on set." Not only was he gracious enough to donate his time to the podcast, he is donating one pair of Hunters HD Gold glasses to one lucky winner! Everything you need to know is in the podcast. Thanks, again, to Brian for being an awesome guest. We seem to be on quite the winning streak with our guests of late (me…
 
This week, we host Josh Shaw and Luke Brooks from Green Ops. Green Ops is a company that provides any type of firearm training you can imagine, from competition to tactical. This is a long episode with lots of information and plenty of laughs. Get your coffee now. Hope you enjoy the show! Don't forget to rate, subscribe and share! www.casualshooter…
 
Niraj chats with Olympian Alejandro Gomez! Alejandro and Niraj discuss how he was practically born in the water with his mother being an Olympic swimmer and his father, a water-polo athlete. They reflect on what it means to be a generational Olympian, having access to values of an Olympian right in the family and the influences it has while growing…
 
Niraj chats with 3-time Olympian and ex-world #7 Alpine ski racer - Ana Jelušić! Ana and Niraj discuss what's it like to start the sport at the age of 2, becoming an Olympian at the age of 15, and becoming a three-time Olympian by the age of 24. Ana and Niraj also engage in the age-old debate of early specialisation vs late specialisation in sport.…
 
Niraj chats with middle-distance runner Olympian Brigita Langerholc! Niraj and Brigita discuss how Brigita used the power of visualisation to exceed her coach's expectations at the Sydney Olympics, and finished 4th in the finals, narrowly missing out on a medal. Brigita also reflects on overcoming severe asthma as a kid to become a runner, competin…
 
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