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my goals over the years but I never dreamed I
could actually hold a Guinness World Record,"
he emphatically stated. "And breaking the
record was special. I knew I could shoot faster
than the 2.05 previously set and when given
the chance to do so in front of my fellow
soldiers, I went for it."
Competing since age nine, Michel is used to
winning. He was a star on the youth circuit and
later continued his winning reputation with the
famed U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU).
After a decade of service, Michel left the Army
and officially began competing as a full-time pro
shooter. Though 2017 proved to be a triumph,
Michel said he began the year as he has every
year previously-with a practical approach.
Michel said, "I believe consistency and
repeatability equal success; therefore, I focused
on various skill sets needed to be at the top of
the action shooting sports while minimizing my
weaknesses as much as possible."
And, the secret behind his success? Tireless
work and drive to become better and faster.
"Success requires endless dedication and a
burning desire to be the very best."In addition
to practicing and working towards his shooting
goals, Michel explained that the support of his
family and team ultimately made the greatest
impact in helping him achieve his goals.
"I always say, there are so many great
people that I surround myself with. I wouldn't
be able to do what I do without the sacrifice of
many," he said.
Despite recognition as one of the greatest
competitive shooters, Michel remains
humble, focusing on the work itself rather
than the awards.
"A great mentor of mine once told me,
'Count the trophies when you retire but for
now keep your head down and be the hardest
Michel's 2017 winning roster included:
IPSC Handgun World Shoot -
Team USA Gold
2017 USPSA Sig Sauer Optics
National Championship - Champion
U.S. Steel Shooting Nationals -
Pro-Am Shooting National
Championship - 1st Place Optics
USPSA Area 3 - Champion
USPSA Area 6 - Carry Optics Champion
USPSA Double Tap Championship -
worker in your sport,'" he explained. "I do my
best to not let anyone outwork me and do all I
can to separate myself from my peers on and
off the range."
As for junior shooters dreaming of being the
next Max Michel, he offers this bit of advice.
"Write down goals, then build a plan to
obtain those goals. Afterwards, review the plan
with your parents and see if you are able to do
what it takes to reach those goals. If so, surround yourself with the right people at all times
and never be outworked. Dedicate yourself to
being the best you, [that] you can be and never
try to be someone else," he emphasized.
In addition to hard work, Michel also encourages youth shooters to keep things in perspective, never forgetting that who you are is more
important than what you win.
"While winning is what we all strive for; it
should never be about that. You should simply
focus on the task and what it takes to get to
the top and the winning will just be a result of
what you do," he said. "It is more important to
be a good person than anything else." *
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