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How did you get started in this sport? My sister and I got started

when I was around eight and my dad wanted us to take gun safety courses. He’s an ex-cop so he wanted to make sure we knew how to use them and how to defend ourselves if we needed to. We ended up getting into some BB gun shooting and through that learned about a club that were learning to shoot international style. I was living up in Colorado and then met some ath- letes training at the Olympic Training Center. When I was 10, met Matt Emmons and a bunch of the other really good shooters the first time I was down there and from then on I was hooked. It’s pretty awesome that in the beginning of your career – even before I started shoot- ing competitively – you get to see how far you can go in it. It was kind of cool and awe inspiring.

Why University of Alaska Fairbanks? It was always in my mind

when I started, but my de- cision was soley based on what was best for me and my goals. I looked at several schools and it just looked like Alaska had the best team for me and what I wanted to do with my schooling. I work re- ally well with Dan Jordan and thought it would push me as far as I could in shooting.

When did you realize you could be competitive in this sport? I was a J3, I was putting

up some records and shoot- ing better than some juniors at age 12, instead of 17 or 18, but I don’t know if I ever thought (I was good) because I’m always chasing something. I’m always chas- ing someone else who’s bet- ter than me. I’m never satis- fied. I’m a real competitor. [During NCAA] there were some goals I still left out there. The team champion- ship – that was really the big focus, not the individual championship – we came

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there for the team. It was still a little disappointing to only come away with a sec- ond place, but obviously it’s second best in the country so there’s really not much to complain about.

What’s next for you? Rio’s in my sights for

sure. Shot my last Junior Olympics and shooting at the World Championship selection match because that’s the first of two parts to qualify for the Junior cat- egory. The plan is to shoot for the Juniors in the World Championships in Spain and I guess I’ll re-evaluate at the end of the summer what my goals are from there. Long- term goals will always be a gold medal in the Olympics. My age and year in school actually work out perfectly if I can go to Rio. It will be my last year of eligibility in school.

What would you do if you weren’t shooting? I’m too competitive, I

could have found something else to do. I don’t know peo-

ple who just can do school. I swim and even in warm ups I’ll race my friends to the wall.

Who do you look up to in this sport? Emmons ever since I first

met him. Matt Rawlings as well – he did a lot of awe- some stuff in collegiate shooting. Jamie (Beyerle) Gray did a lot of great stuff in col- legiate shooting and still continues to be a phenome- nal shooter. Trying to think of someone who doesn’t go to UAF! Someone I look up to a lot right now is Niccolo Cam- priani. I think he’s the best shooter in the world right now and he’s phenomenal in both guns. That’s some- thing I’ve always wanted to do. A lot of good shooters are good at one thing, either air rifle, smallbore or prone and he’ll dominate in both guns. It’s pretty awesome to see and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do so I re- ally respect that.

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