Olympics Notebook: CSU Student Competitor Looking Forward to 2016
(Jonathan Hall, a Columbus State University student, and Jamie Gray, assistant coach of CSU's Rifle Team, are both on the 20-member U.S. Shooting Team competing in the Summer Olympics. On Monday, Hall was eliminated in the qualification round of the men's 10-meter air rifle. Here's another of Hall's occasional reports.)
Yesterday was the finish of my match. I did not shoot my usual scores, nor was I pleased with my score (592). I am, however, extremely pleased with the performance (ranked 27th in the world, and first in the U.S.) and experience I will be walking away from London with.
This being the Olympics, it is definitely the most important match I have ever shot. I am used to shooting world cups and world championships, which are big matches, but I am not going to lie: I let the pressure of the games get to me. I started off the competition shooting very well, and even when I did start to drop points, it was a string I could still recover from and have made finals or better. But my mental game broke and I started thinking about where I was and what I was actually taking part in, and of course with that came the emotions and loss of focus. Even though I lost my focus, I do feel that I had recovered for my last string.
All in all, I am very pleased with the experience. I gave it my all, and now that I have been through it and know what to expect I am ready to bring my game to another level, so watch out! In 2016, I will be on the awards podium.
I am more humble for the experience and more determined for the future. For me, practice for 2016 starts now.
Thank you for going through the ups and downs of the Olympic experience with me.
Keep the dream alive and always give your best.
U.S. Olympian Jonathan Hall