Jonathan Hall of the United States competes in the Men's 10m Air Rifle qualification on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
By Jonathan D. Hall
U.S. Olympic Rifle Team
Monday 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 1st in the USA), and experience I will be walking away from London with.
This being the Olympics, it was 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 game 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. 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 going through the ups and downs of the Olympic experience with me.
Keep the dream alive and always give your best.
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