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from 82-feet away.] She does most of her training at KRPH XVLQJ D ORW RI GU\ ÀULQJ exercises. As evidenced by her latest Olympic Trials ac- complishment, she makes it work.


When she’s not at the restaurant, she’s busy rais- ing and helping manage the hectic schedule of her teenage girl, Enelda, with an interest in competitive volleyball.


So busy with her other


pursuits, it is easiest for her to forget her own. It is for those reasons Shehaj didn’t even bother competing in WKH ÀUVW SDUW RI WKH 2O\PSLF Team Trials for Airgun. Too spent, and undertrained, she chose to pass. There was even a part of her that contemplated giving it up


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altogether weeks before winning Olympic Trials for Sport Pistol.


The thing that kept her


going was her family. “You know how many times I would come home at night and be so tired and frus- trated and just want to quit? I felt like there just wasn’t enough hours in the day to do all that I needed to do. My daughters would say, ‘You have to do this for us.’ They kept me going and kept me out of those down moments and that depres- sion.” You hear in her voice how


hard the struggle is in trying to realize a dream. “It gets very big on your own,” she adds. “Just training by your- self with all the other things going on can be really


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monotonous. My daughters and my husband have been the biggest support for me.” Earning a trip back to


the Olympics to settle an ROG VFRUH DQG WR ÀQLVK WKH dream her way isn’t about to make life any easier, but Shehaj proudly admits that being able to compete for her adopted country ZLOO PDNH DOO WKH VDFULÀFHV worthwhile.


“I couldn’t be happier to


go to Rio and represent the United States,” she states. “This is the country that gave me an opportunity and will give my kids better opportunity. That’s what I came for. Now, to have the chance to represent this country is quite an honor.” Shehaj is a living ex-


ample that the American


dream still exists; where a belief in hard work, drive, and passion along with a reliance on family, can help one stand out as an American hero - no matter WKH VDFULÀFH


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