NEW RECORD: Army Wife Smashes Rifle Shooting Record!
Move America Forward | August 10, 2012
ARMY WIFE TAKES GOLD IN WOMEN’S 3 POSITION RIFLE
SETS NEW OLYMPIC RECORD, THE BEST SCORE IN HISTORY
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With the whole world watching the Olympic games in London, this is a perfect opportunity to recognize some amazing military athletes who not only serve in the Armed Forces, but are now competing to be the best in the world at the Olympics.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR HEROES COMPETING
ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN AFGHANISTAN
As we celebrate our Military Olympians, who can do such amazing things in their events, let us not forget the amazing things our troops overseas do every day in Afghanistan.
Our troops continue fighting the Taliban andÂ Al-Qaeda despite the 110+ degree heat and diminishing media coverage about their efforts. They fight to make sure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven and training ground for terrorist to plot attacks to kill American civilians – which is their aim!
Our fighting military will not receive media attention or acclaim for their heroic acts, but we will thank them with a care packages of support from home.
JAMIE GRAY, WIFE OF ARMY SSG. HANK GRAY WINS OLYMPIC GOLD
BEST SCORE IN HISTORY SHOOTING PRONE, STANDING & KNEELING
Keep reading every day from now through the end of the Olympics as we bring you the stories of our Military Olympians and their impressive achievements. Today we are extremeley proud to bring you the story of Army Wife Jamie Gray. In addition to winning gold and setting a new record for her near-perfect score in the last round, she also made 2012 the first year since World War IIÂ that the United States won 3 gold-medals in shooting events!
|Â Â Â Â Â Jamie Â Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, won Â an Olympic gold medal in the womenâ€™s 50-meter rifle 3-positions event Aug. 4 Â at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rifle coach Maj. Dave Johnson, who Â leads Team USAâ€™s rifle shooters in London, coached Gray to the victory.
Gray established Olympic records in the qualification (592) and final (691.9) Â portions of the event, which includes shooting from prone, standing and Â kneeling positions.
On the next-to-last shot of the final round, Gray recorded her worst score Â (8.9) of the day, but she closed with her best shot (10.8) of the finale to Â seal the victory with a flourish.
â€œIt was almost a little bit of relief, honestly,â€ said Gray, 28, of Phenix Â City, Ala. â€œIâ€™ve dreaded that last shot for four years, and itâ€™s amazing to Â have it come through and be a good shot.
â€œIt looked good and it felt good, so it was awesome,â€ she added. â€œAfter Â shooting an 8.9 on the next-to-last shot, you want to come back from that Â one, and thatâ€™s what I did.â€
Serbiaâ€™s Â Ivana Maksimovic (687.5) claimed the silver medal, and Czech Republicâ€™s Adela Â Sykorova (683) took the bronze.
Gray said she realized she could secure the gold after shooting 198 in Â standing. She opened with a 198 in prone, and finished with a 196 kneeling.
â€œAfter I shot a 198 standing, I was like, â€˜OK, here we go. This is a good Â one,â€™â€ she said. â€œThe kneeling was probably the hardest thing Iâ€™ve ever shot Â — 20 shots kneeling — and I got through it great. I canâ€™t ask for a better Â kneeling today. It was windy, and I had one bad shot that just got away from Â me in the wind.
â€œOther than that,â€ Gray continued, â€œI took just great shots. Every shot was a Â good shot. After that, I knew thatâ€™s a big one and I have a chance at this.â€r
- TIMÂ HIPPS
We’re celebrating military athletes who serve their country on the battlefield and as part of TEAMÂ USA at the Olympic games.
While these Military Olympians deserve our praise and all the media coverage the Olympics brings, we can’t forget about the military heroes serving overseas.
Their feats on the battlefield often go unrecognized and are not covered by the media, but they are just as deserving of our praise and recognition as our Olympians.
We have over 90,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and they need our support!
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This is still about the troops who are on the front lines fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda. They are in harm’s way and they’re the troops we’re sending care packages to!
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