2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12
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Matt Emmons

Matt EmmonsSport: Shooting

Nation: United States of America

DOB: April 5, 1981

Hometown: Browns Mills, NJ

Career Highlights: Emmons will try to cap an eventful few years with a gold medal after just missing the top of the podium in 2008. Since the end of those Olympics, he has gotten married, become a father, been diagnosed with cancer and recovered from it. Emmons and his wife Katerina - a three-time Olympic medalist for the Czech Republic herself - welcomed their first child, Julie, not long after he took silver in the prone position in Beijing. His overall performance in the competition, however, was marked by mishap. He missed out on a second medal when his gun accidentally fired while he was lining up his final shot during the three-position event. He was leading the competition at the time, but ended up in fourth place. That wasn't the first time Emmons courted controversy on the Olympic stage. Months after his rifle was sabatoged in 2004, he was on the verge of winning gold in the three-position, but shot at the wrong target. He did, however, take gold in the prone position at those Games, and met his wife soon afterward. In Sept. 2010, Emmons was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, later having successful surgery to remove the gland. Now fully recovered, he will try to medal in his third straight Games. Emmons is one of the greatest shooters in NCAA history, as he was the first to win four national titles while at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and was an eight-time all-American from 1999-2003.

Olympic History: 2008,2004

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