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ing Championships, Davis took gold in Air and bronze in Three- Position rifl e events. He likened his growth as a

shooter to the songs in his playl- ist he plugs in before every com- petition; “I Started From the Bot- tom” by Drake and “Demons” by Imagine Dragons, for example. “Everybody says you’re at the bottom and you want to get to the top so it’s kind of been the theme song for me, Cody, Ellis and Luke (his Kentucky team- mates). Those guys didn’t start shooting until half way through high school and for Cody, that’s kind of his song right now be- cause he started from the bot- tom and he made it to the Junior Olympics. It keeps you humble, it’s not done, you just got to keep working.” It was just last summer – just

four years into his short competi- tive shooting career that Davis competed at the Olympic Trials, fi nishing sixth in a competitive fi eld that featured Davis’s idols in the sport. “It was a huge thing I’d never been to but learned that anyone can step up and shoot well. I learned I can never take stuff for granted – can’t put too much pressure on myself to per- form, just have to have fun and do the best that I can.” And as he reminisces about

the past trials he proudly pulls out his phone – he has a count- down clock to the Rio 2016 Games on his homescreen. “But that’s the big goal,” he

said, pointing to the Rio clock. “There’s a lot of stuff in between but that’s defi nitely the end goal to perhaps make the team and get a medal.”

He’ll test his shooting accu-

racy against the best in the world later this spring as he’s been se- lected as a member of the USA Shooting Team that will compete at Ft. Benning, Ga., during the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup May 5-12 as well as for a World Cup in Munich, Germany in late May. “Connor has great spirit and

a work ethic to be envied,” said Amy Sowash, a National Devel- opment Team athlete and UK Rifl e Assistant Coach. “As a na- tive Kentuckian, we are so proud he represents UK. He lives on the range and thrives on the ex- citement of competition, which I think is his greatest strength. With big dreams and the heart to back them up, Connor will be able to go as far as he wants in this sport. He’s also a model

teammate and training partner. We are lucky to have him.” And while he’s technically

“still a junior,” what’s the one piece of advice he wished he received when he started on the shooting scene and would also give to newer shooters? “I wish I would have known

how much work it takes to get to the Olympic level, or even the collegiate level to perform day in and day out. If I had known, it might have helped!” he said. “Have a goal and something you want to accomplish, if you’re just throwing bullets down the range you’re not going to learn any- thing. Remember to have fun. No one likes to do anything because someone’s breathing down their neck about it or making them, if you don’t enjoy it, then don’t do it.”

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