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Soldier athlete and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Amber English, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the gold medal in the women’s skeet shooting competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, breaking an Olympic record.

English, a logistics officer and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit, beat Diana Bacosi of Italy. Bacosi was the 2016 women’s skeet gold medalist.

“Amber English wins gold with an Olympic Record of 56 in the women’s skeet final after a nail-biting ending,” said a tweet on the games’ official Twitter account.

English hit 56 of 60 targets at the event, which put her just three targets off the world record held by Wei Meng of China. Meng still medaled in Tokyo picking up a bronze medal on Monday. “All I could control was just my own shooting and my own emotions,” English told reporters after the win.

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First Lt. Amber English, a logistics officer and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit, celebrates her gold-medal win in women’s shotgun skeet at Camp Asaka, Japan, Monday, July 26, 2021. (U.S. Army)

Lt. Amber English is part of U.S. Army marksmanship unit

English is a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army, and is attached to the marksmanship unit. She began shooting at the age of six and is a member of a distinguished shooting family. Her father, Mike, and uncle, Butch were U.S. Running Target National Team members and Olympic Training center resident athletes, while her mother, Ana and aunt, Kim were members of one of America’s top collegiate rifle programs at the University of Kentucky. As a result, both hunting and shooting are recreational activities for the entire English family.

She is also part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), which allows “Soldier-athletes to perform at the international level while also serving their nation in the military,” according to its website.

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