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Jamie Corkish: More than an Olympic Champion

What does it take to be a gold medal winning Olympian? I found surprises around every corner while walking the aisles of the SHOT Show in January. I bumped into Sarah Palin, The Landry clan from Swamp People and saw several other celebrities working the SHOT Show floor. But having the opportunity to sit down and chat with American sport shooter Jamie Corkish was nothing short of inspirational.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Jamie took home the gold medal in Women’s 50 Meter Three Position Rifle. She may have been born with determination but the incredible skill did not come without sacrifice.

Jamie started entering BB gun shooting competitions as an 8-year-old. Her passion for competitive shooting spawned early on. “I just had to beat my older brother,” said Corkish. She worked hard and became one of the best youth competitive shooters on the league. Her competitive shooting continued to grow. She eventually put down the BB gun and picked up a rifle as a 14-year-old.

Most teenaged girls are focused on boys, friends and the latest trends. Corkish spent her teenage years at a shooting range in Columbus, Ga. It wasn’t her parents who forced her to train three to six hours a day. Her self-motivation brought her to the range six days a week while training to be a champion.

“I’m an all or nothing type person. I’m in it to win it,” said Corkish. Although she grew up playing soccer, basketball and softball, she liked shooting the best. It’s possible to have the best game of your life and it’s still possible to lose while being on a team.  “Shooting sports is for everyone, no matter how athletic you are,” said Corkish.

After winning the gold in 2012, she continued her training. Sadly, all of the practicing took a toll on her physically she had to retire due to a painful back injury. She tried all types of therapy but nothing seemed to work.  In the end, it was all worth it and she has no regrets. Corkish continues to work in the shooting industry as the U.S. public relations and marketing director for Eley Ammunition.

Corkish shows passion for shooting sports by working as a coach and giving clinics to junior shooters. She is a hunter education instructor, as is her husband, Mike. She finds time for the Mule Deer Foundation as a local committee member. Jamie is also an avid hunter. “It is a great family experience for all of us to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Our son isn’t old enough to actually harvest an animal yet, but he walks around with us and enjoys the experience that comes along with it,” said Corkish.

Her schedule is intense but she wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s what it means to continue to be an American hero in the shooting industry. Winning a gold medal is a true feat, but continuing to live life as a true champion is worth even more than gold.

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