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representing the United States and hearing our
national anthem being played. Winning at the
Olympics is something I had worked toward
since I was 15 years old, and that moment and
the entire match will never be forgotten. It was
such a blessing to celebrate with coaches, teammates, friends, family and sponsors that helped
me get to that moment."
According to Johnson, Gray's success was
based on two key ingredients of elite-level
achievement in any walk of life: The discipline
to put the hard, often monotonous work in, and
the dogged determination to reach her goal.
"Jamie's legacy, in my view, will be that there are
no shortcuts. There are many very tough challenges on the road to reaching tough goals,
and that you don't leave stones unturned," said
Johnson. "She always sought improvement in
a logical and methodical way. She had a deep
focus on those skills she wanted to improve,
not just the easier or already mastered parts of
her performance. She was never one to let a
weakness go unaddressed and never assumed
she had the answer to everything, even as she
reached higher and higher levels of performance.
She challenged the coaches to maximize what
they had to offer and then she put the training
to work."
Other highlights of her career include winning the NCAA Rifle Championships both as an
individual and in the team event. She was a big
fan of team matches throughout her career and,
thus, those stick out in particular, including the
2010 World Championship team bronze in air rifle
as well as team gold in smallbore.
Coach Johnson congratulates Gray's winning
performance of a 99.9
finals score in the 50m
Rifle 3-Position event.

USA Shooting

Olympians in transition is harnessing their drive
and talents to succeed in a post-athletic career."
"This sport has been part of my life since a
very young age and has taught me so much,"
Gray said. "USA Shooting has showed me
immense support since I was 17, and I learned
there is more to the Olympic movement than just
the athletes. I have made shooting into a career
and couldn't have done that without the support
of USA Shooting."
Collegiate teammate and best friend Matt
Emmons-a three-time Olympic medalist, says
for all that the sport has given her, she too has
played a part in giving back to the sport. "Jamie
would tell you that she wasn't the most talented
shooter, but she was super motivated, focused,
and worked harder than just about everyone,"
said Emmons.
Gray is a two-time Olympian who shook off
bitter disappointment in 2008 to earn her way
to the top of the podium in 2012. In Beijing, she
missed a medal in both Air Rifle and 3-Position
by 1.8 points. Over the 120 shots fired, that's the
equivalent of ¼ inch (the size of a pencil eraser)
between medal and no medal. Long considered
one of the top rifle shooters in the world, Gray
finally earned that recognition on the sport's
biggest stage at the 2012 Olympic Games in
London. After an impressive run of making the
finals in each of the four Olympic events she
competed in, she finally climbed to the top of
the podium and, in that instant, all the work and
sacrifice was justified.
"Jamie went through extremely tough physical
challenges on the road to her fourth and fifthplace finishes in Beijing that would have retired
most athletes," said Jamie's coach, mentor and
now USA Shooting Operations Director, Dave
Johnson. "After painfully just missing the podium in China and overcoming those obstacles,
Jamie briefly grieved and then went back to work
on setting herself up to win in London."
Gray talks about that moment in London when
she was able put all her training and sacrifice
together to complete her goal. "It was a dream
come true to stand on the top of the podium

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