Army Olympians: Taking Rio

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Constantly maintaining peak physical condition is a way of life for most Olympians, they tune their bodies in preparation for an Olympic competition and to tear down world records. For some Olympic athletes, their training involves much more than just training for their event, but instead becomes just one of several skills they’ve picked up from Army training.

Army Olympic athletes have represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious sporting event for decades. This year, thirteen Army athletes and three coaches represented the United States Army in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not to mention, one U.S. Army athlete from our very own Olympia, Wash. represented his country and our community…

DANIEL LOWE
Hometown: Olympia, Washington
Event: Air Rifle, Three-Position Prone Rifle
Army Job: Watercraft Engineer (88L)

Daniel P. Lowe will make his Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in two shooting events: air rifle and smallbore three-position rifle.

Lowe enlisted in the Army in 2013. He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis.

In 2014, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, International Rifle Team.

To stay mentally fresh, Lowe spends his off time enjoying outdoor activities, such as sailing.

HILLARY BOR
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
Event: 3,000-meter steeplechase
Army Job: Financial Management Technician (36B)

Hillary Bor is a financial management technician and a distance runner in the U.S. Army.

He attended Iowa State University, where he was a four-time All-American and two-time Big 12 conference champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

After joining the Army in 2013, he found immediate success in the annual Armed Forces Cross Country Championships and in the Army Ten-Miler.

Bor finished second in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, earning a berth in the Rio Olympic Games.

MICHAEL LUKOW
Hometown: Alamosa, Colorado
Event: Recurve Bow
Army Job: Infantry (11B)

Michael Lukow is a Paralympic archer in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

Lukow lost his right foot while serving in Iraq. During his rehabilitation, he took up archery and learned to walk on prosthetics and braces by retrieving arrows. The more consistently he hit his targets, the easier his walks became.

Lukow is a recipient of the Iraq Campaign Medal, Purple Heart and the National Defense Service Medal, among others. He punched his ticket to Rio de Janeiro at the final event of a three-phase qualification series that determined the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Archery Team.

ELIZABETH MARKS
Hometown: Prescott Valley, Arizona
Event: Women’s 100-meter Breaststroke
Army Job: Health Care Specialist (68W)

Elizabeth Marks is a combat medic and Paralympic swimmer in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. She won four gold medals at the 2016 Invictus Games.

In 2010, while serving in Iraq, Marks suffered bilateral hip injuries and nearly died in the hospital from a respiratory infection. She gave one of her gold medals to Invictus Games founder Prince Harry to deliver to members of the Papworth Hospital staff that saved her life.

She earned a trip to Rio by winning the 100-meter breaststroke event at the 2016 Paralympic Swimming Team Trials.

MICHAEL MCPHAIL
Hometown: Darlington, Wisconsin
Event: 50-Meter Prone Rifle
Army Job: Infantry (11B)

McPhail is a two-time Olympian. In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he competed in the 50-meter prone rifle.

He enlisted in the Army in 2004 and completed Basic Training and infantry training at Fort Benning. In 2005, he was assigned as an instructor to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, International Rifle Team.

McPhail competed on his college shooting team. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

NATHAN SCHRIMSHER
Hometown: Roswell, New Mexico
Event: Modern Pentathlon
Army Job: Motor Transport Operator (88M)

Nathan Schrimsher competes in modern pentathlon, a five-sport event consisting of fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, cross-country running and pistol shooting – all in the same day.

After three successful appearances in the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships, Schrimsher quickly climbed the ranks of the U.S. men’s senior division.

Schrimsher earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing third at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

KEITH SANDERSON
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Event: Pistol Shooting
Army Job: Infantry (11B)

Sanderson competes in pistol shooting for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). The 2016 games in Rio will be his third Olympic appearance.

Sanderson served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years before joining the Army Reserve. Sanderson is an eight-time World Cup medalist and he has played a key part on U.S. shooting teams since 2005.

He set an Olympic qualification record at the 2008 Beijing Games. Sanderson trains Soldiers and Marines in pistol marksmanship.

JOSH RICHMOND
Hometown: Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania
Event: Double Trap
Army Job: Infantry (11B)

Josh Richmond is a two-time Olympian, who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Richmond joined the Army in 2004 and completed Basic Training at Fort Benning. He was assigned as an instructor to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, International Shotgun Team.

In 2011, Richmond deployed to Afghanistan as a marksmanship instructor.

Richmond fired his first shotgun when he was five years old. At 11, He began shooting competitively. He enjoys bass fishing, hunting, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.

JOHN NUNN
Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Event: Race Walking
Army Job: Dental Specialist (68E)

John Nunn competes in the race walk event for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP).

An Olympian in 2004 and 2012, Nunn qualified for his third Olympics by winning the 2016 U.S. Olympic Race Walk 50K Team Trials with a personal best time of 4 hours, 3 minutes and 21 seconds.

Nunn and his 12-year-old daughter, Ella, own a cookie company. He organized a running club at her school called “Come Run with Mr. Nunn.” He is also a beekeeper as a hobby.

PAUL CHELIMO
Hometown: Iten, Kenya
Event: Men’s 5,000-meter
Army Job: Water Treatment Specialist (92W)

Paul Chelimo is a water treatment specialist and distance runner in the U.S. Army.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a four-time NAIA National Champion. He finished his collegiate track and field career as a World University Games silver medalist, two-time NCAA 5,000-meter runner-up and five-time NCAA All-American.

In May of 2014, Chelimo joined the U.S. Army and the World Class Athlete Program. He finished second in the 3,000-meter at the 2016 USATF Indoor National Championships, qualifying to represent the United States at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.

GLENN ELLER
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Event: Double Trap
Army Job: Infantry (11B)

Five-time Olympian Glenn Eller won a gold medal in double trap at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

He joined the Army in 2006 and completed Basic Combat Training (BCT) and infantry training at Fort Benning. In 2007, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, International Shotgun Team as an instructor.

He served a tour in Afghanistan, where he taught marksmanship to Afghan soldiers. Eller’s dad introduced him to double trap shooting. When he is not training or competing, he plays golf and dabbles in computer programming.

SHADRACK KIPCHIRCHIR
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
Event: Men’s 10,000-meter
Army Job: Financial Management Technician (36B)

Shadrack Kipchirchir is a financial management technician and distance runner in the U.S. Army.

Kipchirchir attended Western Kentucky University and transferred to Oklahoma State University in 2011. A four-time NCAA All-American runner, Kipchirchir finished second in the 10,000-meter at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kipchirchir finished fourth in the 10K at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and competed in the 2015 World Championships.

Kipchirchir qualified for Rio by finishing runner-up in the 10,000-meter U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.

LEONARD KORIR
Hometown: Iten, Kenya
Event: Men’s 10,000-meter
Army Job: Motor Transport Operator (88M)

Leonard Korir is a motor transport operator and distance runner in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Korir attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where he was a two-time NCAA Track and Field champion in the 10,000- and 5,000-meters.

Korir won the 2015 New York City Half Marathon, posting a time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 6 seconds. He joined the Army in September of that year.

Korir punched his ticket to Rio by finishing third in the 10,000-meter U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

 

Source: GoArmy.com

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