Eatonton, Georgia native ready for London competition.
Columbus, Ga. - - What happens when you win a gold medal at age eighteen? "Once I accomplished my ultimate goal, I really didn't know where to go after that" says US Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock.
Hancock grew up in Eatonton and grew up in a family that loved sports. Around age ten he made the transition from baseball and other more popular youth activities, to competitive shooting. By age 11 he was hooked and started making a name for himself on the range.
He won the skeet shooting gold medal in Beijing and feels it might take perfection to repeat in London. Perfection would be 150 of 150 clay targets four inches in diameter, from a distance of 65 to 67 meters, fired out of "houses" from both low and high angles.
"There have been tons of perfect scores shot recently, the world is just getting better. That's why my scores over the past eight months have been higher than they ever have before. It inspires me to improve."
There was a time in 2011 when that wasn't the case. He seemed to lose the desire to practice, perhaps because it was taking away family time. The husband and father of two daughters said his wife told him she would support him whether he continued to compete or not. They reflected on it, and he seemed to emerge from that period with a renewed enthusiasm.
Hancock is part of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit headquartered at Fort Benning. The unit was formed in 1956 by President Eisenhower. It has represented America in every summer games since 1960.