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silver medal in 2012. Susan, however, has been a quick study after some encouragement from Will got her to the fi ring line. She fi nished eighth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and isn’t stopping there.

“This is hard to describe, but

I am having the best time of my entire life. Who would have thought that I would fi nd a sport that I am good at at this point in my life, 51 years old. I love it and it gives me just another thing to enjoy with my entire family. How cool will it be, Lord willing, if we make it to the 2016 Games together? I am glad Will encouraged me to take up the sport and continues to encourage me that I ‘CAN’ make the team.”

A resident center athlete in Colorado Springs, Will longs for the days to return home and be among family and continue

working under the tutelage of his father.

Perilously close to

one goal of shooting for Team USA in Rio, he spends hours contemplating whether a move back home will fulfi ll both worthy desires. In speaking with Susan, it’s easy to understand why home is where Will’s heart is. “We just have a fun home,

here again due to the fact that we a bonded together in the love of God and living out biblical principals at home,” explains.

she “Will loves to be on

the tractor helping on the small farm and helping his Dad and Grandpa. He misses his horse, Handy, and loves to just take him and go for rides alone, just the two of them. We have a special cabin in the mountains in the middle of Forest Service land that is so special. So we love riding or hiking to that. We

love hunting, backpacking, riding and shooting together.” Will and Wyatt fi rst honed their shooting skills as hunters and avid outdoorsmen and then it was onto the Twin Falls Rifl e & Pistol Club, originally getting their start shooting competitively with air rifl es. Upon making the junior team in pistol, Will knew it was time to put the air rifl e away and concentrate fully on pistol. Asked who has the upper-hand competitively, Will or Wyatt, older brother still confi rms that it is him for now, but admits “he’s made me nervous more than a few times.” While Will maintains a keen focus on his target in the sport, Wyatt is diversifi ed in his pursuit of all things similar to many 18-year-olds venturing out into the world.

He’ll head to the

University of Utah this fall having earned a full-ride scholarship for

his freshman year as a result of academics, drama and his shooting abilities. “As a mother, I’m most proud

of the boys for their love of God and their dedication and de- termination to their goals,” said Susan. “They both can do anything they set their mind too. Will, as a baby and toddler, didn’t attempt to do anything unless he knew he would succeed... standing, walking and talking all fall in this category.” Will’s success in 2013 was

initiated by a mix of both triumph and disappointment stemming from one event. Having targeted the 2016 Olympic Games for his ultimate moment, even Brown admits he was ahead of his time in 2012 when he nearly qualifi ed for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team by placing fourth at the Olympic Team Trials. “Trials were pretty big thing in terms of both confi dence and

Brown shooting Free Pistol at the World Cup USA earlier this year. He’s got the hardware to show in the Air Pistol event but the challenge to master the hardest Olympic shooting event is enticing.

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