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Q & A: Alex Chichkov Alex Chichkov and Emil Milev are just a couple of the talented pistol shooters on the USA Shooting Team and have known

each other for 12 years. The pair are Rapid Fire Pistol training who better to interview these men than each other?

Emil: You are 20 years old - exciting time of your life, with a lot of distractions. What or who motivates you to drop everything and practice, where do you fi nd the drive? Alex: There are two things that motivate me. The fi rst is my desire to win and be the best. While the second is my family as they have always supported and pushed me to be great. Without both, I would not be the athlete I am today.

Emil: With two gold medals from the World Championship in Granada, anyone can say this is a strong ending of your junior career. How do you feel about entering the adult shooting next year? What are your expectations and do you feel ready for the rigor and the new challenge? Alex: I feel a bit nervous but mostly excited. The open category gives me a new challenge to overcome and conquer. With enough training, anything is possible, even in the Open category. Having recovered from a recur- ring tendinitis issue, I feel more ready than I have ever been.

Emil: What was the fi rst thing you felt, or the fi rst thought when you realized you just became World Champion in Standard Pistol? Alex: The fi rst feeling was pure happiness and joy. I looked back and asked my Dad if I fi nished fi rst and his immediate response brought me more joy than most other things. I felt proud of myself and all the hard work that went into making it possible.

Emil: Four months after your success in Spain, is there a change at how you see your wins there, compared to the fi rst few days? Alex: The fi rst few days were happy days, winning the fi rst medal helped to give me the confi dence to win the second. Now that time has passed, I look at the medals as past achievements. I am looking forward to the next challenge rather than staying focused on the past.

Emil: Your score in Sport Pistol was way above second place score. What is the feeling to know you dominated everyone on the fi ring line at the World Championship? Alex: As I fi nished shooting, I almost knew that I won. It was a score much higher than anything I had shot so I knew the result would be good. When I looked at the results, my thoughts became a reality as I saw my success. I was ecstatic about the score; though it could have been slightly higher so that I could have gotten a World record, but the accomplishment was still amazing.

Emil: You are one of the most successful junior shooters in the U.S. What can you say to all young shooters, who are on the same path as you were just a few years back?

Alex: The most important thing is persistence in your training. You

have to continue training even if you have more fun things to do, and in time, shooting will become the most fun. Training just one hour a day will

keep improving you, two hours and you’re ahead of the competition. Three hours and you are in line to become the best. The results you attain are refl ected by the amount of time you spend training.

22 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014

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