• Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, bites her Olympic gold medal after winning the women's 50-meter three-positions rifle event Aug. 4, 2012, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London. Bronze medalist Daria Vdovina of Russia stands beside Gray, who established Olympic records in both qualification (592) and final (691.9) of the event.

    Taste of Gold for Army spouse

    Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, bites her Olympic gold medal after winning the women's 50-meter three-positions rifle event Aug. 4, 2012, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London. Bronze medalist Daria...

  • Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, takes aim at a 50-meter target during the final round of shooting for the Olympic three-positions rifle event. She went on to win the gold medal and set two Olympic records.

    Army wife Gray shooting for Gold

    Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, takes aim at a 50-meter target during the final round of shooting for the Olympic three-positions rifle event. She went on to win the gold medal and set two Olympic records.

  • Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, turns around and throws her hands up in jubilation after firing the last shot which won her an Olympic gold medal, Aug. 4, 2012, in the 50-meter three-positions rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

    Jubilatant after firiing for Gold

    Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, turns around and throws her hands up in jubilation after firing the last shot which won her an Olympic gold medal, Aug. 4, 2012, in the 50-meter three-positions rifle event...

  • A fan cheers for American Jamie Gray as she vies for gold at the final of the Olympic 50-meter three-positions rifle event, Aug. 4, 2012, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

    Fan cheers Gray for Gold

    A fan cheers for American Jamie Gray as she vies for gold at the final of the Olympic 50-meter three-positions rifle event, Aug. 4, 2012, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

LONDON (Army News Service, Aug. 4, 2012) -- Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, won an Olympic gold medal in the women's 50-meter three-positions rifle event Aug. 4, at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.

U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rifle coach Maj. Dave Johnson, who leads Team USA's rifle shooters in London, coached Gray to the victory.

Gray established Olympic records in the qualification (592) and final (691.9) portions of the event, which includes shooting from prone, standing and kneeling positions.

On the next to last shot of the final round, Gray recorded her worst score (8.9) of the day, but she closed with her best shot (10.8) of the finale to seal the victory with a flourish.

"It was almost a little bit of relief, honestly," said Gray, 28, of Phenix City, Ala. "I've dreaded that last shot for four years, and it's amazing to have it come through and be a good shot.

"It looked good and it felt good, so it was awesome. After shooting an 8.9 on the next-to-last shot, you want to come back from that one, and that's what I did."

Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic (687.5) claimed the silver medal and the Czech Republic's Adela Sykorova (683) took the bronze.

Gray realized she could secure the gold after shooting 198 in standing. She opened with a 198 in prone and finished with a 196 kneeling.

"After I shot a 198 standing, I was like, 'OK, here we go. This is a good one.' The kneeling was probably the hardest thing I've ever shot -- 20 shots kneeling and I got through it great. I can't ask for a better kneeling today. It was windy and I had one bad shot that just got away from me in the wind."

"Other than that, I took just great shots. Every shot was a good shot. After that, I knew that's a big one and I have a chance at this."

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