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Athletes from around the world train for 2020 Olympics at Ft. Benning

(Source: International Shooting Sport Federation) (Source: International Shooting Sport Federation)
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“It’s nice to have to have the home team support and have my husband here supporting me,” said Sandra Uptagrafft, a 2012 Olympian.

From China to Norway, Ukraine to the USA—nearly 60 countries gathered at Ft. Benning to train in shooting for the 2020 Olympics.

Today, teams of two, male and female, were required to take 40 shots in 50 minutes.  

One of those teams consisted of a Phenix City resident and Fort Benning soldier competing alongside her husband.

Sandra Uptagrafft is an Army motor transport operator has been competing for years with her husband, who is currently active duty military.

“It’s really great just being able to support her whenever possible," says Fort Benning Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft, who is also a 2012 Olympian. "She supported me through all my shootings so it’s nice to able to on occasion to able to sit back here and watch her and just let her know I support her.”

Sandra and Eric have already competed on the world’s biggest stage; the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“2012 was a really good year for me making the Olympic team and having my husband make the Olympic team so we were able to have that experience together,” said Sandra.

After their 2nd attempt in 2016, Sandra broke three fingers in her shooting hand.

“It was bad enough where I still needed pins and surgery and all that, but I still competed in the Olympic trials that year and I missed it by one point, missed the team by one point," said Sandra.

Even after all the surgeries, nothing is stopping Sandra from reaching her goal to compete in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

“But I’m making lots of progress being here is a good sign, being at this world cup and making the world championship team I’m defiantly pushing towards making the 2020 Olympic team," says Sandra.

Complete results for the competition can be found here.

To watch a full stream of the competition, click here.

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