ELEY Athlete of the Month: Emil Milev

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2011)

Emil Milev is familiar with the stress and pressure of competing in the Olympic Games. He is a four-time Olympian for Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol and was also the silver medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games. However, at the time he was competing for Bulgaria. He passed on the opportunity to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games as he was in the process of becoming an American citizen. Now with USA emblazoned on the back of his jacket, he’s once again rising in the ranks of Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol athletes. After a quiet entrance to the 2011 season, Milev brought the crowd through an emotional rollercoaster in the Men’s Rapid Fire final at the final stage of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Munich, Germany. Milev earned a spot in the final with 583 qualification points. With a solid start of 4, 5 and 3 hits, he powered through a target malfunction to finish with 25 total hits for the bronze medal.

National Pistol Coach Sergey Luzov said, “I’m glad to see a champion perform at the level he deserves. I’m excited to see Emil competing in the 2012 season.” Not only did Milev score a very important medal for his country and personal pride, but he also won a 2012 Olympic participation quota for the USA. Combined with the Men’s Rapid Fire quota that Sergeant First Class Keith Sanderson won earlier this year in Changwon, this represents the first that in over a decade that the United States has won both quotas to compete in the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol event. When asked about his accomplishment, Milev said, “I’m excited and honored to be named the ELEY Athlete of the Month. It was the first final that I participated in this year and it was a long fight for a spot on the podium. I’m glad I persevered until the end.” USA Shooting would like to congratulate Emil Milev on his tenacious performance and wish him luck at the 2011 ISSF World Cup Final.

Photo courtesy of the ISSF (c) 2011

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