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Katie Jacob: A Shot of Ambition

When asked what’s the

one word that best describes her, 16-year-old shotgun prodigy Katie Jacob said it’s ambitious. Not too soon af- ter the interview concludes, and you realize ambition and drive are the tenets leading her to uncharacter-

That drive and ambition

have led to some tough life decisions already. She got attracted to the sport to bring her closer to her whole family, but now it’s the very thing that keeps them apart. The desire to be the best led her away from her home

An unpopular decision at

À UVW DFFRUGLQJ WR 0RQLFD that got all that easier the more they got to know the Hancocks. “They adore Ka- tie as their own daughter,” she says. “Craig and Ted (Katie’s father) worked very close together on the de-

order to get to where she’s going. It’s hard to argue with the results thus far. She burst onto the scene last summer with a second- SODFH À QLVK DPRQJ -XQLRUV at Nationals and eighth RYHUDOO 6KH·G DJDLQ À QLVK second at the Junior Olympic Championships before go- ing to World Championships and making the Junior Fi- QDO LQ KHU À UVW LQWHUQDWLRQDO FRPSHWLWLRQ À QLVKLQJ VL[WK

Katie Jacob won bronze at the ISSF World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Photo by ISSF.

By: Kevin Neuendorf Director of Media & Public Relations

istic Skeet success at such an early age. “Katie has always said

she wanted to be an Olym- pian,” says Katie’s mom, Monica. “She has the abil- ity to understand and fore- see what it takes to believe in oneself far beyond what others can imagine. She has always been more ma- ture than her peers, and has the strength and wisdom to understand that it is a long hard road, but is willing to make the journey.”

and family in Michigan and right into the waiting arms of the Hancocks in Eaton- ton, Georgia.

Craig and

Susan now serve as surro- gate parents, helping raise DQG FRDFK D FKLOG À [HG RQ reaching the top. It’s a little something they know about given the success of their son Vincent, who will try and become just the sixth American ever to win three straight Olympic gold med- als in the same event.

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cisions that needed to be made for Katie. We learned how technical, educated and talented Craig was in the world of shotgun sport. Katie would need Craig’s expertise to improve by giv- ing her the fundamentals and psychology to achieve her dream. Katie and Craig hit it off from the start and they share a special coach/ athlete relationship.” According to Jacob, mov-

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That momentum contin-

XHG LQWR WKH VHDVRQ·V À UVW World Cup of the year where she scored a bronze medal and stood on an internation- DO SRGLXP IRU WKH À UVW WLPH Earlier in May, she won the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. “What distinguishes Ka- tie from some of the other

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