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Shooting for Olympic gold

July 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jeff Holguin has his sights set on an Olympic gold medal. However, he is not only competing for his country. As a marksman in the U.S. Army, he is defending it as well. "Well, ever since I put on this uniform, and I get to look down on my shoulder everyday and see that American flag, I get a rush every time I think about that," said Specialist Jeff Holguin, U.S. Army Marksman and Olympic hopeful.

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Holguin grew up in Yorba Linda. He and his sister first picked up shotguns under the watchful eye of their father more than 20 years ago.

"We were both supposed to shoot. And we both chickened out," said Holguin.

Holguin has been training for the Olympics for 11 years and he is one of only two people to make the U.S. Olympic double trap shotgun team. Training aside, his job as an Army marksman also has him training other soldiers.

"We bring in soldiers and train them in how to use their standard issue M16 rifle more effectively than anyone else on the battlefield," said Holguin.

Holguin is hoping his skills will make him more effective than anyone on the field of competition next month. His father is traveling to China to watch him represent his country.

"I'm very proud. Extremely pro ... Beyond measure, to tell you the truth," said Chris Holguin, Jeff's father.

"I don't show that much emotion. But I think if there is ever a time and a place, that'll be it ... A gold medal. It's got to be the right color," said Jeff Holguin.

 

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