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Tammy Delano (top, right) won bronze in R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifl e Standing SH1) at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia in November.

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doesn’t matter what other competitors are shooting. Although we are competing against each other, I just fo- cus on what I am doing and staying in my own “zone” to stay in the game and some- times that can be challenge.

How have the health problems you’ve had over the past year factored into performance? My health problems have

interfered with my ability to train at the range and DFWXDOO\ OLYH À ULQJ +RZHYHU there are so many other as- pects of shooting that make up a good performance. Off

the range I do a lot of mental training. I know I’ve said that a lot, but it is such a huge part of this sport. At least for me anyway. I practice my shot process in my head and focus on each step as if I were actually À ULQJ ,W PDNHV WKH times that I am able to train at the range a lot easier.

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The altitude change when I moved to Colorado really affected my health this past year. I’ve always had a history of being anemic but it worsened once I was here. I didn’t really know what was wrong with me until one of our nutrition classes and the instructor talked about how the altitude could make it worse. I’ve had several iron

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infusions since then and it’s monitored monthly. The infusion sessions last for three days and sometimes makes me feel worse before I feel better. I also have metabolic acidosis, which effects my energy levels and can wreak havoc on my entire body but I’m able to keep my levels within normal range by taking sodium bicarbonate. I take 12 tablets a day and if I miss even one day I can feel the difference. I could write a novel about my health is- sues but those are probably the two that have affected my shooting experience the most.

What’s the thing you’re most looking forward to as you eye Rio and your Para- lympic experience? Very few people get the

chance to experience all that I have in my shooting career, and even less get to represent their country at this level. It’s still hard to believe that this is happen- ing to me. I am truly hon- ored to represent the United States of America. The only thing that can make this experience better is bringing home a medal.

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