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July 28, 2012

Eatonton's Hancock aims for second gold

EATONTON — Eatonton native and Olympic gold medalist skeet shooter Sgt. Vincent Hancock has his sights set on a second gold medal as he gears up for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Fours years after dominating the competition in Beijing Hancock, now 23 and part of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, understands the privilege of competing for his own country.

Hancock, who grew up shooting with his father and brother, says without a doubt the Olympics mean the most to him out of all the competitions he’s ever competed in.

“I gave up so much and was so dedicated and gave up a lot of friends and sports growing up,” Hancock said. “I never once thought about anything other than the gold medal. I wanted to win. My wife and my faith are the most important things in my life, but getting that gold medal was always a close second.”

With the determination he showed winning gold at the ripe age of 19 in 2008, Hancock is sure to compete for the gold once more in London.

Look for Hancock as he starts his competition Monday, July 30 with the medal round taking place on the 31st at 9 a.m. eastern time.

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