By Lars Dalseide | April 15 2012 12:57

St. Louis, Missouri - Regular readers will remember that one of my insider sources this year for Top Shot on History Channel has been Venezuela's own Gabriela Franco. Called Gabby by her friends (and the rest of the world now that I think about it), this little sprite of spirit and spunk has been firing on all cylinders for a few decades now.

Starting off as a recreational air gun shooter, Gabby graduated from local range celebrity to national phenom in a few short years. After a run at the Sydney Olympics and gold medals in the Pan American games, she made her way to America and onto our television screens every Tuesday night this season on Top Shot.

Thanks to a little prodding and a lot of grace, Gabby was able to set aside an hour of show time yesterday to tell us about her journey. I know, you're sitting there thinking, "an hour"? You can blame that on her popularity. Thought the time on my recorder read only 15 minutes, the constant influx of fans and photos pushed the overall experience way past the initial intent.

We'll share that experience, as well as the photos, over the next few weeks. Until then ... here's Gabby!

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