Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Gray shares preparation secrets at Smallbore Championshipos
Fairbanks, Alaska -
As the second relay of the day comes to a close, Murray State’s Ben Estes has all but guaranteed a spot in the 2015 NCAA Smallbore Rifle Finals. Also in the all but guaranteed group is Ryan Anderson of Alaska and Rachel Martin of Nebraska.
Though their first round scores are impressive, they are by no means an indication of how these competitors will perform in the finals.
“You need to be prepared for the finals like it’s a whole new match,” explained Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Gray. “It’s more difficult for those who shot in the first relay because by the time the finals start it’s almost 12 hours since you shot. That’s a lot of down time.”
Gray, a University of Alaska alum and two time Olympian (Gold at the 2012 Games in London), was kind enough to explain the process between earning a spot in the finals and actually competing in the finals.
As she explained, competitors have a number of approaches when it comes to dealing with down time. Some sit in the stands to encourage teammates, some catch up on homework, some nap, some eat, and some just hang out. But according to Gray, the main things you need to do is plan.
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