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Johnson and Gray embrace fol- lowing her gold-medal win in London.


relationship more and they have all taught me there is more in life than just sport.” But Emmons notes that


shortcuts, there are many very tough challenges on the road to reaching tough goals, and that you don’t leave stones unturned,” said Johnson. “She always sought improvement in a logical and methodical way. She had a deep focus on those skills she wanted to improve on, not just the easier or already mastered parts of her performance. She was never one to let a weakness go unaddressed and never assumed she had the answer to everything, even as she reached higher and higher levels of perfor- mance. She challenged the coaches to maximize what they had to offer and then she put the training to work.” Other highlights of her career including winning the NCAA Rifl e Championships both as an individual and in the team event. She was a big fan of team matches throughout her career and thus those stick out in par- ticular including the 2010 World Championship team bronze in air rifl e as well as team gold in smallbore. Given her work ethic and


competitiveness, she’ll be successful no matter what endeavor she chooses in life’s


next chapter. But for now, she has plenty of 16 USA Shooting News | May 2014


things to occupy her time as she plans a November wed- ding where she’ll tie the knot with Kimber Manufacturing National Account Manager Mike Corkish. “Life changed dramatical-


ly for me when I met the love of my life in 2013 and we decided to marry later this year. He brings two amazing kids, Morgan and Michael, to our relationship and they have all defi nitely helped in this decision. Nothing about my decision to retire has been easy, but it sure does help to have the support of my fi ancé and my soon-to-be step kids. I couldn’t ask for Morgan and Michael to ac- cept their father’s and my


he’s not so worried about the void she’ll have to fi ll in her life, but rather the sport’s void after her depar- ture.


“The sport of shooting


itself won’t change a bit because of her retirement, however. I say that because she is already a part of the sport, its history and legacy, Emmons said. “Every ath- lete eventually has to retire and move on to the next big thing. It’s not that these people are forgotten or that the sport is worse off. On the contrary, the sport is greater because that person became a part of its his- tory and they left countless things behind them to make the sport better. Jamie was and will continue to be an in- spiration for young shooting athletes around the world. People will continue to talk


about the qualities she em- bodied that made her so good. I also know that she will continue to be involved in shooting in some capac- ity, thereby continuing to spread the knowledge and experience she gained to future generations of shoot- ers.”


Jamie notes that her par- ents and brother have al- ways provided the backbone of support from the very beginning of her career. Out- side of family, Johnson has always provided the foun- dation for her success, hav- ing recruited her to Alaska- Fairbanks when he coached that program. “It’s been my honor to


have been involved with her on this journey,” concluded Johnson. “Of course, there’s never been a dull moment in coaching her. I’m sure we will hear an audible sigh of relief from around the world from Jamie’s competitors upon her retirement—but I’ll enjoy watching her put her experience and skills to work with our next genera- tion of champions that will make that relief short lived.”


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