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U.S. Woman Soldier Sets New Shooting Record At Tokyo Olympics, Proves She's A True American Hero
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U.S. Woman Soldier Sets New Shooting Record At Tokyo Olympics, Proves She's A True American Hero

Amber English is the second American to ever win the women’s skeet shooting event.

Gold Medalist Amber English on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Skeet Women's Finals on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on July 26, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Amber English won her first-ever Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. The U.S. Army soldier also broke an Olympic record for women’s skeet shooting at the Asaka Shooting Range. English, who is from a family of competitive shooters, earned 56 points in the finals, setting a new Olympic record. "All I could control in the final was just my own shooting and my own emotions, but it's always down to the last wire with the skeet," English told the press afterward, according to the official Olympics website. "We are very fortunate to be here to be able to compete. You know everyone wanted to compete last year but we are very fortunate to still be here and do what we do. We appreciate everything," English added. She is also is only the second American to win the women's skeet shooting event. The 31-year-old has four world cup medals to her name (2010, 2016, 2018, 2019).

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According to The Guardian, English is a first lieutenant in the US Army and part of a military program that develops elite “soldier-athletes” with the goal of giving the country's citizens “another reason to get excited about the Army.” Her father Mike was also a champion shooter. He died in 2016 during a trip to celebrate his wedding anniversary. “After he passed it was very, very hard to get back on the range because there were so many reminders,” she said. Vincent Hancock, who won a gold medal in the men’s event, helped English get back on track. “I owe him a lot for pushing me to get out there and do it.”