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Ardmore teen wins gold at Junior World Skeet Championships

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 4, 2012
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“You have to pour some lead down the barrel to get this done,” Nathan Ratcliffe said. “Jake will probably pull the trigger 25,000 times this year.”

Jake's shooting improved after attending clinics and receiving private lessons from L.P. Giambrone of Fort Worth, Texas, a 12-time world shooting champion, he said.

Jake's performance in the Junior World Skeet Championships came at the same time that Californian Kim Rhode was equaling an Olympic record in London by hitting 99 of 100 targets to win gold in the skeet shooting.

Rhode also became the first American to win a medal in five consecutive Olympic Games. Jake hopes one day to be as good.

“I will take it as far as I can go,” he said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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