"My Focus" is a weekly photo series in which TeamUSA.org (and @TeamUSA on Instagram) takes fans behind the scenes with some of the top Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls. Fans can get a glimpse into a day in the life of an athlete and see the hard work, dedication and sacrifice that is required on a daily basis to represent Team USA. In the seventh installment, follow shooter Amber English as she trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1) In Her Blood
"I come from a family of competitive shooters," said USA Shooting's Amber English. "I am the only one to venture over to the 'dark side' to shoot shotgun. It's been a great adventure so far!"
2) A New Path
"The USA shotgun coach, LLoyd Woodhouse, said that they needed more women in shotgun so he took me out to shoot trap and skeet. I was hooked."
3) Taking Aim
"Shooting practice for me varies based on what I'm getting ready for," said English. "I like to drill targets over and over to get that mental image clear in my head. "
4) Living Her Passion
"I have made lifelong friends in this sport, and I will be involved in the shooting/outdoor industry for the rest of my life."
5) Family Affair
"My dad has helped me tremendously lately on the range and he has been there when no one else was to help me train."
6) Preparation Is Key
"Physical fitness is very important to me. Although shooting is not the most physically demanding sport, having a sharp level of hand/eye coordination does nothing but help."
7) Putting In The Work
"I used to be a gymnast, so that has beat a lot of discipline and drive into me over the years," said English. "I hope one day to work in the fitness industry."
8) Team USA Bonding
"Living at the training center has been an awesome experience for me so far. I've made tons of friends from different sports. "