Five-time national women’s 10-metre air pistol champion Dorothy (Hare) Ludwig (BA Drama ’00) competed in her first Olympic Games in London this summer and placed 34th in a very competitive field.
“I think the only person that would be more pleased than me would have been my dad,” said Dorothy Ludwig. “Shooting has always been a family sport for us and this nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team makes it all the more special. I can’t wait to get to London and add the next chapter to the family legend.” Ludwig’s dad, Grace United Church Pastor Bill Hare, competed in pistol at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.
Dorothy has worked for 19 years to make her Olympic dreams come true. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Dorothy won individual silver, as well as team gold along with partner Kim Eagles. Eight years after her double-medal performance, Ludwig returned to the Commonwealth stage in 2010 with her sister, Lynda (Hare) Kiejko, where they won bronze in pairs shooting. In 2011, Dorothy’s gold medal in the October Pan American Games – a victory that came down to the final shot – won her a place on the Olympic team. Her sister will be Dorothy’s personal coach in London.
“(The Olympics) have always been a goal, and more so since my dad passed away in 2005,” said Ludwig, whose dad was also her coach. “It’s something you always push towards, you always have in the back of your mind, definitely.”
In continuing preparation for the Olympics, Ludwig shot at the Langley Rod and Gun Club thrice weekly. She does three weekly workouts in the gym in addition to mental-training sessions at home and works as an administrative assistant for Power to Change, a non-profit group formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ.
“All of our athletes have travelled different Olympic roads to reach their Games,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Their skill and dedication are a welcome addition to the outstanding Canadians nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team.”