Katy Emmons

Twitter A shot at love BioAchievementsMore With five shooting medals between her and her husband, Katy knows something about sports success. But it was disappointment in a performance at the highest level in sports that brought them together. At the 2004 Athens Games her future husband had been leading his competition with one shot left…

Adeline Gray

Facebook Related Article Taking it to the mat BioAchievementsMore At the tender age of 6, Adeline Gray fell in love with wrestling. “I got into my sport through my father. He was the youngest of seven boys and had four daughters; so he taught me something he knew and loved,” Adeline explained. “I ended up…

Kimberly Vandenberg

Twitter First, you’ve got to dream big BioAchievementsMore For all the time that Kimberly Vandenberg has spent in the water, she may as well have been born with gills. Having swum competitively since she was 8, the California native won a bronze medal for the US as a member of the 800m freestyle relay team…

Keith Sanderson

Related Article Video He pulled the trigger on success BioAchievementsMore In 1996, Keith Sanderson was the type of US Marine who wanted to be the best at everything—and the Marine Corps, he said, “puts a big emphasis on marksmanship.” So he practiced. A lot. “I got to where I was the best (pistol shooter) in…

Matt Emmons

Twitter Related Article His sights are always set on gold BioAchievementsMore New Jersey native Matt Emmons has been around guns his entire life—many of the men in his family were avid hunters, as was Matt. But it wasn’t until he was introduced to an FBI firearms instructor at age 14 that Matt’s hobby became his…

Jamie (Gray) Corkish

Facebook A very straight shooter BioAchievementsMore Pennsylvania native Jaime Gray’s road to 2012 gold began when she was a youngster—shooting in a BB gun program when she was 8. As time moved on, athletics continued to play a major role in Jamie’s life: she also played high-school varsity soccer, basketball, and softball, in addition to…

Corey Cogdell

Website Facebook Twitter Top shot BioAchievementsMore For Corey Cogdell, making history is a blast. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, the Alaska native became the first American woman to medal in the sport of trap (shotgun) shooting—a mere two years after she began competing in 2006. She started earning medals in 2007, placed first against…

Mary Whipple

Facebook Twitter Video The brain in the boat BioAchievementsMore At 5 feet 3 inches and 106 pounds soaking wet, Mary Whipple is about 11 inches shorter and nearly 70 pounds lighter than most of her teammates. Sitting in the ninth seat—the only one facing forward—she’s also the only woman in the boat who’s not rowing…

Taylor Ritzel

Twitter Related Article Putting her back into it, every day BioAchievementsMore With eyes on the future, powerhouse rower Taylor Ritzel is focused on adding yet another gold medal to her collection. Always athletic, Taylor picked up an oar later than most of the elite athletes in the sport; a 6-foot-2 swimmer, she’d never participated in…

Meghan Musnicki

Facebook Twitter Website Never, ever, ever give up BioAchievementsMore Meghan Musnicki’s seat in the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s eight boat at the 2012 Games in London didn’t come easy. She didn’t go to a traditionally strong rowing college, and she was cut from the national team time and time again—in 2005, in 2008, and in…