#RoadToRio: interview with Amber Hill

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

In less than 20 days the British 18-year-old will make her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. Her road to the Games started not many years ago, with an unexpected Gold medal pocketed at her World Cup debut and a clear, distinct goal.

It was March 22nd, 2013 when a British 15-year-old named Amber Hill bested Italy’s Diana Bacosi in the Skeet Women Gold medal match in Acapulco, pocketing the Gold in her first World Cup appearance and setting an ambitious goal.


“The big dream is Rio’s Olympic Gold medal!” she said after that match, and three years later, here she is. Hill is currently one of the rising stars of the Shotgun discipline, with two more World Cup medals in her showcase and an ISSF World Cup Final globe won in Nicosia last year.


Furthermore, in June 2015 Hill once again faced Bacosi at the first edition of the European Games, held in Baku, in a crucial Skeet Women Gold medal match that saw her prevail at the end of a never ending shoot-off. That Gold medal, indeed, earned her an Olympic quota place for the upcoming Games, a slot that the British Shooting Federation and the National Olympic Committee officially assigned to her in November.


Rio 2016 will obviously mark her Olympic debut, and she will also be the youngest athlete among the six that compose the British Shooting team in Rio.

The Skeet Women event is expected to take place on Friday, August 12th at the Olympic Shooting Centre inside the Deodoro Park. The semifinal is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM (UTC-3).

Marco Vettoretti