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AMU marksmen prepare for Olympics

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There's nothing better than taking a shot at gold in the Olympics, and starting next week four of the Army's best marksmen will get a chance to do just that at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero.

Two of the four will try to show the world how it's done with a shotgun.              

These guys have been here before... the understatement of the year for Sergeant First Class Glenn Eller.

Eller's making his fifth straight trip to the Games in Double Trap, including winning gold in 2008 at Beijing.

Don’t worry that he’s taking things lightly, as if it’s just another international meet.

"It's definitely not just another regular event," Eller said. “The Olympics is the Olympics. We train up for it for four years straight. It is my fifth one, but I'm just going in with four games' experience.”

For the second straight Olympics, he’ll be joined by Sergeant First Class Josh Richmond. Richmond was tops in the world going into the last Olympics, but wound up 16th in London. He says he's ready for his second trip to the Games.

“I had a couple of rough years in this quad,” said Richmond. “I had some really good wins but I also had a couple of spots in my career this last quad where I was questioning my game a little bit. In short, it was a great honor and privilege to make this next team and be partnered again with Glenn Eller, going back for his fifth Olympics, so I'm pretty ecstatic about it.”

The Double Trap Competition is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The other two will be showing their skills with a rifle.

Sergeant First Class Michael McPhail will make his second straight appearance at the Olympics in prone rifle. McPhail finished ninth in the 2012 Olympics in London, just missing a berth in the finals. He’s ready for his second shot on Friday, Aug. 12.

“It's a great opportunity, McPhail said. “Not only to represent the Army Marksmanship Unit, but also my country, it's a fantastic opportunity.”

Specialist Dan Lowe pulled a double in just his second year with the AMU, earning a spot in both air rifle and 3-position rifle. It’s his first career Olympics and he's thrilled with the opportunity.

“It means so much to me,” said Lowe.”It's been a lifelong goal for me. To finally realize it, I really can't put it into words how great that feels for me.”

Lowe will compete in air rifle on Monday, Aug. 8 and then in 3-position rifle on Sunday, Aug. 14.

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