Army officer Amber English brings home gold medal after record Olympic performance: 'I'm very, very humbled'

US soldier brings home Olympic gold in skeet shooting

Army Lt. Amber English talks about her experience at the Tokyo Olympics

U.S. Army First Lt. Amber English took home the gold medal in the women’s individual shotgun skeet event during the first week of the Tokyo Olympics but she says her journey to the podium was a team effort. 

English, 31, said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Friday that after the sudden passing of her father in 2016, she was encouraged not to give up by fellow American shooter Vincent Hancock, who just took home his third gold medal. 

Amber English of the United States celebrates with her gold medal in the women’s skeet at the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“It was just a very crazy experience,” English said. “I am so glad that after years of hard work we were able to put it together, and although this is an individual sport, it really takes a team behind everybody to be successful, so I’m very, very humbled by this experience.”

English said she was able to achieve success with the support of the Army. 

“I fought it for a very long time,” she said of her decision to join the Army. “I was already training and competing with members of the AMU, and so after I lost my dad, I said, you know, I need to do something different. And I was like, better late than never. And here we are.” 

English comes from a long family history of shooters. 

According to USA Shooting, her father and uncle were U.S. Running Target National Team members and Olympic Training Center resident athletes, while her mother and aunt were members of one of the University of Kentucky’s rifle programs. 

English says she doesn’t intend to display her medal but will instead carry it around in her gun case as she travels.

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