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Now that you have shot in Austria and Germany, how have your first in- ternational trips gone? What are you doing to prepare for the World Cup in Changwon and what have you learned? Competing internationally has been quite a wonder- ful experience. I have come to learn to appreciate other cultures. I have a new per- spective about what’s out there in the shooting world. I will definitely do more train- ing that will simulate the nerves that I have had over in Europe! Competing in Europe ver- sus the States is a complete- ly new experience. Some- times you look at the scores of a shooter who has just shot internationally and you think “they are a much bet- ter shooter than that. They should have a much higher score.” I think that most likely has to be because of


nerves. My goal is to find a way to calm down my nerves like I have been able to do at national competitions. While on the trip to Aus- tria and Germany, I believe the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that you have to focus on the process rather than the outcome of a shot. Although I’ve always been told that and I’ve al- ways strived to do it, I think it really hit home in the match- es in Europe. In the begin- ning, I was focusing more so on my score than anything else. I was getting frustrat- ed over poor performances in matches. My teammate Dan Lowe was talking to me about it and suggested us- ing a clicker to help me fo- cus on the process. It was an excellent idea and probably a match-saving suggestion. I started using it and it did ex- actly what it was intended to do for the purposes of shoot- ing. After I started to focus


on the process, I started en- joying what I was doing be- cause I wasn’t focused on a score and most importantly, I began shooting a little bet- ter each day.


Who do you look up to in this sport? I look up to Sarah Scher-


er in the shooting sports. Besides the fact that she is a great shooter, I admire the courage she has had through difficult situations in her life. I am a Christian as she is too. I like how her actions show her faith and she gives the glory to God for all her accomplishments. I believe she is someone ad- mirable to look up to both on and off the range.


Something people would be surprised to learn about you? Something people might


not know about me is that I love to jetski during the sum-


mer. At one point in time, I wanted to become a profes- sional jetskier, but found that that decision would be impractical and decided to stick with shooting.


What are your big plans for the next few years? In the next few years, I plan on preparing for college and shooting on a NCAA rifle team. A long term goal of mine is to shoot in the Olym- pics.


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