Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Back problems plague Olympic target shooter
Olympics » In his third Olympics, problems continue to haunt Colorado Springs resident.
First Published Jul 30 2012 12:06 pm • Last Updated Jul 31 2012 09:05 am

London • One of the Olympic Games’ most tragic figures in recent years was in more pain in this, his third Olympics. Only this time Matt Emmons’ agony wasn’t in his heart.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It was in his back.

Emmons, whose loss of gold medals on his last shots in the past two Olympics drew sympathy from around the world, could not overcome a faulty back in the 10-meter air rifle competition here Monday.

The Colorado Springs resident got off to a slow start and finished 35th in the prelims. "My back hurts, man," Emmons said. "I haven’t been able to figure out, especially in air rifle, what I’m doing wrong in my position that’s causing it to hurt so much."

For perspective, air rifle isn’t Emmons’ specialty. He wasn’t expected to medal. But the back problem that has plagued him the past few months has not gone away.

story continues below
story continues below

And his best event, the 50-meter rifle 3 position, is next Monday.

After the competition, Emmons walked up to his wife, Katy, who shoots for the Czech Republic. She lightly put her hand on his. She knows what he’s going through.

"Katy was watching me and she said my body was just swaying back and forth," Emmons said. "I could see that in my hold. Like when I’m looking through my sights, it’ll come down and settle down on the bull(‘s eye) then move to the right or the left and then back and then hold. It’s just not consistent."

He shot 97 out of 100 in his first of six series of a competition won by Romania’s Alin George Moldoveanu, who missed a medal in Beijing four years ago by .08 of an inch.

Emmons has been as diligent about working on his back as he has on his shot. He has worked with the sports staff from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and in London. He’s used cardio physiologists, chiropractors and the sports medical staff in the Olympic Village.

Next Page >

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.