#RoadToRio: interview with Vincent Hancock

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

After being crowned as the Olympic Champion both in 2008 and in 2012, in Rio, the United States’ 27-year-old will necessarily compete as the main favorite for the Skeet Men title.

Despite not placing atop the ISSF World Cup podium during the 2016 season, Vincent Hancock, Skeet Men shooter of the United States of America, will headline the pool of competitors at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


Hancock, a three-time ISSF World Champion in 2005, 2009 and 2015, will shoot for what would be his third consecutive Olympic Gold medal, after placing on the highest step of the podium at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. A milestone never reached before in the Skeet Men event.


“In the grand scheme of things, there is only one match that I look for every four years and it’s the Olympics,” said Hancock. “It’s the biggest, it’s the hardest and you have the most people watching you!”


Moreover, in his two previous participations Hancock set both the new Olympic Record and the Final Olympic Record, scoring 121 points and 145 final points in Beijing, besting both marks four years later, in London, where he crushed 123 and 148 targets.


At the end of the 2015 season, Hancock was elected the ISSF Shooter of the Year. An award that was delivered to him in Rio de Janeiro, during the Olympic test event, by the ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña and by the ISSF Secretary General Mr. Franz Schreiber.

The Skeet Men event is scheduled to start on Friday, August 12th, while the semifinals will take place on Saturday , August 13th at 3:00 PM (UTC-3). All the Shooting events will take place at the Olympic Shooting Centre inside the Deodoro Park.

Marco Vettoretti