Army sergeant aiming for gold in Rio

Going for the Gold 2016

Josh Richmond is a military man with dreams of winning gold in men’s double trap, a shotgun shooting sport.

Looking to fulfill his dreams of becoming an Olympic medalist, Richmond joined the military after high school, where he would become a double trap shooter. The Army sergeant is on assignment, competing in his second Olympic Games.

Richmond and his family spoke about the day ahead while at Athletes Village.

“This is technically a part of my mission; to compete and win national and international medals,” Richmond said.

Richmond is competing in men’s double trap at the Summer Games and has brought his family along for the expedition. His father, Michael, is an accomplished trap shooter himself.

Michael Richmond said they are living the dream through their son, which began when he was just a boy.
His first gun, which the sergeant still has today, was given to him by his dad.

“Technically my dad won it at a trap shooting competition and kept it in a closet until after I was born,” Josh said.

Josh took his first shot at five-years-old.

“The first time Josh ever shot a gun he was 5-years-old and we’re always saying that’s the shot that bit him and he’s come all this way.”

Richmond has come a long way since he fired his first shot in Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania.

While on active duty, the Army shooter fell in love with an Army nurse.

“He tried to get my number and I said no. He got it from a friend of mine and we went on a date I think two weeks later,” his wife said.

And the rest is history. The couple wed and now have two young boys, Bo and Tristan, cheering their hero on from home.

While it’s common for families to ask for donations for their trip, his family funded themselves, something he calls “a huge sacrifice.”

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