FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - It's another Olympics... and that means another golden opportunity for SFC Glenn Eller. The Army Marksmanship Unit shotgun star is ready and willing to add to his trophy case.
Eight years ago, Eller won olympic gold in double trap... setting a world record in the process in Beijing. Recently, he won the World Championship in 2013, a national title in 2014 and helped lead Team USA to a team gold at the World Championships. In 2015, it was gold at the World Cup match in Azerbaijan.
Winning like that takes dedication and a love of the sport.
" I think the biggest thing I love about is just being great at something, putting the time and effort in, knowing that I train harder than anyone else," Eller said, then added with a chuckle, "and winning,"
There's no question he relishes his fifth straight trip to the Summer Games.
"You get to and prove yourself on an international stage with the best athletes in the world from all sports," said Eller. "I love that stage. I mean, that's what we strive for, day-in and day-out for years at a time. So to be able to step up to the stage, walk in the opening ceremonies, represent your country, represent the Army, it's a huge honor. If I go have my day and make sure I do everything I prepared to do, I fully expect to be able to win another gold medal."
SFC Josh Richmond of the Army Marksmanship Unit knows a little bit about winning gold in international competition as a two-time world champ in double trap.
But the one thing that's eluded him so far is Olympic gold.
Richmond earned his first Olympics berth in 2012, but things in London didn't go his way. One of the favorites to win it all, he ran into trouble and didn't even make the finals. That has turned this trip to the Games into a quest.
"Coming back from the 2012 Games, I think I left a lot on the table finishing 16th," Richmond Said. "I was ranked number one in the world, had real high expectations and goals to medal in the London Games, and I think it just created a burning desire much more than what I already had to medal at the Olympics, coming back and training up the 2016 games."
Richmond likes the way he's been shooting, but he's the first to tell you that everyone is on their game at the Games.
"All of the competitors in the Rio Games are all going to have the same great hands, the same great moves. But I think it's going to come down to who has the best setup with their vision, being able to see these targets come out of the house properly at the certain area just so we can kind of slow them down in our mind and just track them out of the house, make good sight pictures, make good moves, and try to get on some confidence build-up. That way we can kind of roll through this match."