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shotgun athlete of the Year


Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


Glenn Eller In a year of transition, Ser-


geant Glenn Eller’s (Houston, Texas) season stands apart for its consistency, accomplishment and resurgence. For it to stand out in a career full of depend- ability and achievement says even more. Admittedly,


there was lull


in Eller’s game following that pinnacle moment in which he captured Olympic gold back in 2008. Since then, the results we came to expect from the four- time Olympian were intermittent at best.


A 14-time World Cup medal-


ist, he had only earned one in- ternational medal (2011 World Championship bronze) since his Beijing performance.


The autumn equinox was particularly bountiful for Eller as


he captured a world title and a world team title, earned top hon- ors at Fall Selection and walked away a silver medalist at the World Cup Finals, all within a span of 35 days from Sept. 20 thru October 25. He was the top fi nisher dur- ing the Spring Selection Match and fi nished fourth at the USA Shooting National Champion- ships.


In addition to his World


Champs and World Cup Finals success, he was the top quali- fi er during the World Cup Al Ain (UAE) while setting a world re- cord by connecting on 146/150 targets while eventually fi nishing fi fth. He scored a 10th-place fi n- ish at the World Cup in Granada, Spain as well. Earning his fourth World Championships medal and sec-


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ond world title overall in Lima, Peru, Eller became the fourth American in the sport of Shotgun to win four or more World Cham- pionship medals, joining Deena Julin (5), Francis Strodtman and Bret Erikson. Julin never won a world title in her career while Strodtman earned two and Erik- son one. Eller is the 22nd Ameri- can all-time to win four or more World Champs medals in the sport of shooting. “After coming off of a bad


Olympics, I didn’t know whether I wanted to switch events or not,” said Eller. “I contemplated shooting skeet this quad. The ISSF helped me make my deci- sion by changing the rules in double trap. It’s like having a new game all over again.


some things I can improve and I


know the next few years will be more and more challenging as more shooters pick up the game. The scores will get higher and as they do, I will have to get better as well. It felt good to get back on the top of a podium this year and I want to continue to have that feeling this quad as we look towards Rio.”


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