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The USAMU provides perfect training ground for Olympic excellence

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond catches shotgun shells as they eject after a round of double trap at Hook Range. Richmond will compete in the double trap shotgun event as one of four members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit who will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is Richmond's second Olympic games.
Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond catches shotgun shells as they eject after a round of double trap at Hook Range. Richmond will compete in the double trap shotgun event as one of four members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit who will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is Richmond's second Olympic games. rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

It’s what they do everyday.

All four soldiers from the unit heading for Rio credit their time training hundreds of soldiers each year alongside some of the top international shooters as a key ingredient of their success.

The standard of excellence within the group pushes each member to raise their game.

Specialist Daniel Lowe, who is preparing for his first Olympic games, didn’t need to seek out advice from the former Olympians he trains with. The specialist just spent time watching how each individual mentally and physically prepares to see what it takes to make his lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian come true.

“You can never work hard enough, you can never stop pushing,” Lowe said.

The benefit of having the backing of the largest branch of the United States military can’t be understated.

“You don’t get the resources like this anywhere on the planet,” Lowe said.

From world class training facility and gunsmiths to unlimited ammunition, the soldiers in the USAMU training for the Olympics are given everything they need to be successful.

“The markmanship unit has really boosted my career,” Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond said. “Without them, I wouldn’t have had the support, the structure and time (to be successful).”

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