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Sanderson competing in the 2008 Olympic Games. Photo by: Buddy DuVall


sary between the Qualifica- tion and the Final. They had trained as if it would only be an hour or hour and a half between the two, and it was much longer. As Sander- son noted about both the warmup and his mental state, “I just trained for one thing and didn’t train for a bunch of possibilities.” Sanderson finished in fifth place overall. “Not for years did I learn


anything from that,” he said. “For months I replayed that Final in my head. First thing I did when I got back here was set up the targets and shot the Final all over again


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and I would have won by several points, and every time I beat what I did in Beijing. I couldn’t explain it. For years I tried to figure out what I did wrong, and since London, tried to figure out what I did right. Sergey and I have worked through some of the big mistakes I had made and what we would do differently and when I went into London, we had a plan revised from things I learned from Beijing. The difference in London was that I was injured – in Bei- jing, I wasn’t - and our plan didn’t account for an injury. Through lack of discipline


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or self-awareness, I didn’t train properly going into the London Olympics.” Prior to the 2012 Olym- pic Games, Sanderson had suffered a rare nerve injury to his forearm, likening the feeling to that of trying to write with your other hand. It wasn’t until after the Olympics in August 2012 that he would have surgery to remedy the nerve issues. Getting back to shooting after the surgery offered another opportunity to examine what training and competition approach works for him. “Last year’s World Cup


USA [where Sanderson won gold] was the first World Cup since it was fixed,” he said. “You have your arm dissected and it’s not going to be as good as it was before. I had to relearn how to shoot. It took me three to four years to figure out how to shoot well with my injury. I got where I could make Finals at World Cups consistently, I just had to respect certain things. I didn’t respect it in London,” noting the extensive training prior to the Games further aggravated the injury. Sanderson noted “people who win and set world


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