Thanks to his extensive experience and laid-back demeanor, Army Sergeant Vince Hancock is one of the brightest stars in the shooting world today. In fact, it would be nearly impossible to limit the description of this talented guy to just a few words. A more accurate and fitting title for this World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist would be “Class Act.” The fact is Hancock is more than just world-class shooter. He is a leader in the shooting industry; and a genuine role model for the next generation. And despite the fact he has garnered more awards and honors than most men twice his age, he remains focused and humbled by his accomplishments making him a class act in the eyes of his many fans worldwide.
Getting to the point where you can stand on the sacred ground of the Olympic medal podium takes dedication and hard work. And it takes more than just shooting a few hundred clays a day to reach the elite shooting level of Hancock. Hancock is a strong believer in the power of positive mental attitude and it shows. One of Hancock’s favorite quotes is from Tiger Woods “If you don’t expect to win, why compete? “That pretty much sums it up” says Hancock. At 12 years old Hancock told his father Craig that he wanted to win Olympic Gold someday and a few short years later, that is exactly what he did. The Georgia native went on to win an Olympic Gold medal in Skeet Shooting in Beijing, China in 2008 and again in 2012. In addition to the coveted “Gold” Hancock also has racked up an impressive collection of other notable titles and awards during his relatively short shooting career, including 2005 USA Shooting Male Athlete of the Year and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shooter of the Year to name a few. Hancock was also named to the 2012 World Clay Target Championship Team and was the Gold Medalist at the 2013 World Cup in Acapulco. Hancock is also a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU).
A Solid Start
Programs such as the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) were very helpful in Hancock’s climb to the top of the shooting world. Hancock learned from an early age that life is often a mental game and he parlayed that mental toughness into his chosen sport of shooting.
Despite the medals and numerous accolades, Hancock remains humbled about his tremendous success and acknowledges the importance of promoting a positive image for young boys and girls, especially in the shooting world. And if the last decade is any indication of what we can expect from Hancock then the skies the limit for one of America’s favorite shooting stars.
Share the Pride
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