NJ Olympians: Shooter Matt Emmons
Three-time National Rifle Team member Matthew Emmons was born in Mount Holly Township, NJ in 1981. While attending college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Emmons was a four-time NCAA Rifle Championship national champion.
In 2004, Emmons qualified for the Olympic team using a borrowed rifle after somebody took a screwdriver to the barrel of his normal rifle.
Emmons went on to win the gold medal in the prone position. After 2004 Emmons took a three-year break from shooting, but then went on to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
At the 2008 Olympics Emmons won the silver medal in the same event that he won gold at in 2004. In 2010 Emmons defeated thyroid cancer and recovered in time to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Matthew Emmons will be competing in his third Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012). He will be competing in three events: Air Rifle, 3 Position Rifle and Prone Rifle.
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Emmons competed in the 10-meter air rifle and failed to qualify for the finals with a 35th place finish. The 10-meter air rifle event is not Emmons main event. In the 50-meter 3-position rifle competition, Emmons won the bronze medal with a score of 1271.3.