Saturday, July 28, 2012

Matt Emmons Shoots for Gold at London 2012 Olympics

 Matt Emmons shoots for gold at London 2012 Olympics 

2012 Official Olympic Program 

Matt Emmons
Mount Holly, NJ
Brown Mills, NJ
Colorado Springs, CO
5'10" / 165 lbs

Late collapses

Matt Emmons knows too well what it is like to let a gold medal slip out of his hands. In Athens, he was in position to claim the 50m rifle three position gold medal with a massive lead over his competition. But when he fired his last shot, everything went wrong. Emmons accidentally shot at the wrong target and registered a score of zero. Emmons finished eighth. "All I had to do, for me anyway, was just hit the target -- hit the target -- and you win," he said. Then in 2008, he pulled the trigger too early in the same event, the rifle three prone event, registering an unimaginably low score of 4.4 and dropping from first to fourth.

Always positive

One would think a man who has watched two Olympic gold medals slip from his hands would be a little bitter. Most probably would. But not Emmons.

“Mistakes that I made in Athens, mistakes that I made in Beijing, those things are very visible,” he said. “I’ve been asked a ton of times about those situations; had it brought back up.  And it hurt a lot at the time.  Something you work so hard for, and then it doesn’t pan out.  And then people are asking me, ‘Well, why didn’t it work out?’  Well, it’s kind of a tough thing.

“But also, I look at those things as learning opportunities.  You know, life is long.  My shooting career is long.  Because I failed in one competition doesn’t mean that I’m a failure as an athlete.  So I want to keep going.  I want to learn, I want to get better, and so I just use those as building blocks.”

Still a winner

Emmons may have had some well-documented troubles in the three prone, but he still earned a silver medal in Beijing in the 50m rifle prone. Even in Athens, when he shot at the wrong target in the three position, Emmons earned a gold medal in the 50m rifle prone that should not be forgotten.

A golden lining

After shooting the wrong target in three prone in Athens, Emmons went to a beer garden near the range. Before he knew it, he had a visitor in Katerina Kurkova, a shooter for the Czech Republic. The two chatted, hit it off and then didn’t see each other for a while. But they stayed in touch and eventually they were married in the summer of 2007. Katerina now uses Emmons’ last name and still shoots for the Czech Republic. She won bronze in the 10m air rifle in Athens, gold in the same event in Beijing and silver in the 50m rifle three position in Beijing.

More than a marksman

Emmons is an avid golfer and played baseball in high school. He even pitched a perfect game in baseball when he was in high school in New Jersey. However, he gave up baseball later in high school to focus on shooting. He still golfs about one time per week, when he can.

Pulling the strings

Emmons plays the guitar and enjoys playing songs by Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He started out on the instrument by purchasing an old electric guitar off of a friend and eventually switched to acoustic.  


Mon, July 30 9:00a

Mon, July 30 12:15p

Men's 50m Rifle, 3 Pos.
Mon, Aug 06 9:00a

Mon, Aug 06 1:45p

Mirror Lake Water Festival Canceled

Mirror Lake Water Festival Canceled

Because of weather.

Body Found in Lake

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:30 am | Updated: 7:10 am, Thu Jul 19, 2012.
By Matt Chiappardi Staff writer | 
Posted on July 19, 2012

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — A day after crews pulled a body from Mirror Lake, authorities are still trying to figure out who the victim is and how he got there.

Authorities were able to determine that the body was male, but have not been able to make any other identification Wednesday.

How the man died or ended up in the lake, which stretches into Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, remained a mystery.

Police said they have no open homicide or missing-person cases that might explain why the body showed up in the lake Tuesday evening.

“It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” said Lt. Ron Kreig, spokesman for the township Police Department.

The Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office began performing an autopsy Wednesday, but the results were not immediately available.

The body was recovered Tuesday after two kayakers reported seeing what they thought was a head in the lake near a dam by Lakehurst Road about 8 p.m., police said.

But authorities soon realized it was an entire body floating in the water. It had been there for some time.

The state of decomposition made a quick identification impossible. Authorities were not even able to determine the gender Tuesday night, police said.

They also could not figure out how long the body had been there or where it came from.
The same questions remain for a different body found in the woods in the township in June.

In that case, two motorcycle riders found the corpse along a trail near Quail Run Road, but police were not able to identify it because it was in “an advanced state of decomposition.”

Authorities said Wednesday that the results of the autopsy in that case are still pending.

If either incident is confirmed to be a homicide, it would be the first this year in Burlington County.

It also would be the first in the township since 2009, when a 28-year-old man was shot and killed outside the Pine Village Motel on Lakehurst Road.

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PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — Authorities have been able to determine that the body recovered from Mirror Lake on Tuesday was a man, but the identity remained a mystery Wednesday.
How the man died and when he ended up in the lake that stretches all the way into Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was also not known Wednesday.
That information may have to wait until an autopsy is completed by the Burlington County Medical Examiner's Office, authorities said.
Two kayakers reported seeing what they thought was a head in the lake near the dam by Lakehurst Road about 8 p.m., police said.
When authorities got to the lake, they found it was an entire body that had been in the water for some time.
The incident remained under investigation Wednesday by both police and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
This is the second decomposed body in as many months found in the township.
On June 17, two motorcycle riders found a body along a trail in the woods near Quail Run Road. In that case too, authorities could not identify it because of the decomposition.
A cause of death has not yet been released in that case, but if either is confirmed to be a homicide it would be the first this year in Burlington County.
It also would be the first in the township since 2009, when a 28-year-old man was shot and killed outside of the Pine Village Motel on Lakehurst Road.
Authorities ID body found in southern NJ lake

The Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jul. 21, 2012 - 12:19 pm
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Authorities have identified a body found in a southern New Jersey lake this week
Pemberton Township police say the death of Victor Miller isn't considered suspicious. But they still aren't sure when the 37-year-old township resident died or how long he had been in Mirror Lake before he was found Tuesday night by two kayakers.
The Burlington County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that Miller's death was an accidental drowning. They said there were no signs of foul play.
Further details have not been disclosed.

PEMBERTON TWP. — A body was found floating in Mirror Lake just off Clubhouse Road by a group of kayakers Tuesday night, police dispatch confirmed.
According preliminary reports, the unidentified body was found about 8:30 p.m. The exact location of the call was 170 Clubhouse Road.
Mirror Lake is on the Rancocas Creek in Burlington County and is used mostly for recreational purposes. The lake, owned by Pemberton Township, has a surface area of 215 acres. No additional information was released by police officials.

PEMBERTON TWP. — Police here Friday said they have identified the body found in Mirror Lake earlier this week as that of township resident Victor Miller, 37.
Miller’s body was discovered Tuesday about 8 p.m. by two kayakers near the beach dock by North Lakeshore Drive.

Police said foul play is not suspected in Miller’s death, which was ruled an accidental drowning by the Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officials said they are still trying to determine when Miller died and how long his body had been in the water before it was discovered.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call (609) 894-3308, or the confidential tip line at (609) 894-3352.