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Vincent Hancock Named 2015 ISSF Shooter of the Year


Two-time Olympic and three-time World champion Vincent Hancock was recog- nized recently by the Inter- national Shooting Sport Fed- eration (ISSF) as the 2015 Shooter of the Year. He was named alongside 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Sn- MH]DQD 3HMFLF D IHPDOH ULÁ H shooter from Croatia. It is an honor Hancock


hopes will repeat itself in 2016, as he’s made the quest of earning a third straight Olympic gold medal his ultimate goal. If he were to accomplish the feat, he’d EHFRPH WKH À UVW VKRRWHU DQG just the sixth American ever to earn three consecutive gold medals in the same in- dividual event.


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Hancock was voted to the


ISSF’s highest honor follow- ing a vote of their Coaches Advisory and Athletes Com- mittee, as well as a panel of international media repre- sentatives, who were invited by the Federation to select two “role models, who are successful through unique performances, behavior and character.”


Hancock’s stellar 2015


in skeet shooting included two World Cup wins; a sil- ver medal at the World Cup Finals; second at Nation- als; an unprecedented third World Championship crown; and an Olympic Team nomi- nation.


with perfection,


His season began hitting all


157 targets he faced in the USA Shooting News | March 2016


À UVW :RUOG &XS LQ $FDSXOFR In earning a third World title, Hancock (Eatonton, Geor- gia) becomes just the third athlete to ever win three Men’s Skeet World Champi- onship gold medals and the À UVW $PHULFDQ VKRWJXQ DWK lete to win three World titles. Hancock’s special sea-


son drew the attention of the U.S. Olympic Committee as they named him one of À YH À QDOLVWV IRU 0DOH $WKOHWH of the Year as part of their Team USA Awards presented by Dow. He was named USA Shooting Male Athlete of the Year in December. The 26-year-old Hancock


had previously won the Shooter of the Year award in 2005, at the age of 16.


“It’s an amazing honor to be selected as 2015 ISSF Shooter of the Year for the second time in my career, 10 years after winning the WLWOH WKH À UVW WLPH EDFN LQ 2005,” Hancock said. “A lot of things have changed in those years, so it’s nice to earn that honor again. I had a good season again ODVW \HDU DQG , IXOÀ OOHG P\ goal to make the U.S. Olym- pic Team. The past year was an important stepping stone toward 2016.” *NOTE:


Editorial assis-


tance and photo provided by the International Shooting Sports Federation.


Photo by: ISSF


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