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Brookline 19-year-old Ada Korkhin headed to 2024 Paris Olympics in Sport Pistol

Ada Korkhin., center, celebrates with her parents Yakov Korkhin and May Han after qualifying for the Paris Olympics in sport pistol. Photo by Joshua Schave
May 6, 2024

Sitting on her bed in an effort to procrastinate packing up her Ohio State dorm room after finishing her freshman year, Ada Korkhin got the news she’d hoped for.

The 2023 Brookline High School graduate qualified for this summer’s Paris Olympics and will represent Team USA in Women’s Sport Pistol.

Read our previous story about Ada’s journey from Brookline to the Olympics 

Just a few weeks ago, Korkhin appeared on the outside looking in for an Olympic berth. But fellow USA Shooting competitor Katelyn Abeln, Korkhin’s teammate at national powerhouse Ohio State, qualified for the Olympics in both Women’s Sport Pistol and Women’s Air Pistol. With Abeln competing under the air pistol quota, Korkhin, who finished second in USA Shooting’s Olympic three-part trials, nabbed the Sport Pistol spot.

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“For the last few weeks they’d been calling me about preparation and saying to train like I’m going,” said Korkhin, 19. “They’d asked me what days I’d want to fly in and out of France for the opening and closing ceremonies, so in my head, it was like ‘yeah, I’m probably going.

“But something clicked when it was confirmed, and that made me really happy.”

Sport Pistol, a women’s-only sport where shooters fire at targets placed 25 meters away, is scheduled for August 2 and 3 and will be streamed live on NBC Olympics via Peacock’s streaming service. The first day of Women’s Sport Pistol competition features the qualification round from 3 a.m.- 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Should Korkhin advance, she’d compete in the next day’s finals, airing from 3:30 a.m. – 4:50 a.m.

Korkhin’s father, Yakov, introduced her to the sport when she was nine. Practicing at times with an air pistol in her family’s Brookline apartment, Ada developed quickly, competing in Progressive Position Air Pistol (PPP competition) and the Junior Olympics before qualifying for the USA Shooting National Junior Team and earning an athletic scholarship to Ohio State, where she studies biochemistry. A multi-time medalist in competitions across the world, Korkhin participated in the Olympic trials for the 2020 Tokyo games. She returned to these Olympic trials this year intent on competing for a spot in Paris.

Ada Korkhin competes at day four of the 2024 Olympic trials in sport pistol. Photo by Joshua Schave

On April 29, USA Shooting National Pistol Team coach Jason Turner called Korkhin, who he’s worked with for a half-decade, to notify her of the selection. Turner says he has seen immense growth and maturity in Korkhin.

“Being able to tell someone they earned a spot is one of the highlights of the year,” Turner said. “It wasn’t a big shock, but she was definitely super excited when the final word came down that she was going and gets to compete.”

Korkhin returned to Brookline from Ohio State in late April, and will stay in her hometown for the most part until the Olympics, save for an international competition in Munich, Germany. She flies to Paris July 24 and is scheduled for an August 12 return. Korkhin will head back to Ohio State for her sophomore year a few weeks later.

“I’ve been training for so long, but I didn’t see myself getting here,” Korkhin said. “I’m super excited, obviously, and a little nervous… it feels really surreal.”