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Air Force cadet and he graduates June 2, then gets com- missioned to the Marine Corps. We’re going to have to do some coordination with the Marines to make sure he can get some train- ing time before the Olympics, but


I think he’ll be ready,” Anti said. The Marines have


deferred Higgins’ training until after the Olympics, so he can focus on graduation and developing a training plan with the help of Meili and Anti. He’s even UHFHLYLQJ JXLGDQFH IURP Olympian, Eric Uptagrafft.


3URQH 5LÁH “He’s just giving me advice leading up


to the Olympics because he’s been there before. He says, ‘You’re good, you don’t need to go faster better, stronger. Just continue what you’re doing because it’s successful.’ I’m also trying to learn as PXFK DV , FDQ IURP >3URQH 5LÁH 2O\PSLF WHDPPDWH 0L- chael] McPhail. I plan on shadowing him, sitting behind him on the scope, seeing how he plays the wind and everything.”


And though he knows many may think he’s [insert


surprised sports cliché here] because he’s only shot a few international matches, inside he feels like a veteran shooter – he’s been shooting domestically with some of the best in the world. “It’s hard to make teams here with the U.S. guys


at the top: McPhail, Emmons, Uptagrafft. And it’s very hard to make Prone teams. I haven’t felt like I was be- low the level of any of the World Cups this quad, I just feel that there are so many good prone shooters in the U.S. that it’s hard to make teams. I never felt like I was below the quality of shooter to go World Cups or those kind of matches. I don’t know if I have any expectations on me for Rio except my own expectations. I’m trying to shoot 630s - or right around there - and that’s kind of been my goal. I know I can do it. It’s not like I’m pres- sured to do it, it’s just whether it all falls into place. As long as I’m doing my job, everything will fall into place.”


Photo by Ron Morales


May 2016 | USA Shooting News 51


May 2016 | USA Shooting News 51


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