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Fayetteville Mother Takes Her Best 'Shot' At Olympic Gold

Posted July 14, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville mother is going for the gold.

Cindy Shenberger, a mother of two and a military wife, is giving it her best shot. The 31-year-old grew up on her father's hunting range. She hopes years of shooting and competition will help her reach her target at the Summer Olympics.

"I know to win the gold, I have to train and I have to train a lot," Cindy says.

Cindy put down her gun in 1993 to raise a family. But in 1997, when the Olympics created a women's skeet shooting competition, she could not resist.

"The Olympics is the ultimate dream for me," Cindy says. "It triggered that emotion that I didn't think was there anymore with the sport."

Sergeant First Class Kevin Shenberger says the down time has made his wife a better competitor.

"She's less quick to shoot and quicker in her thinking," Kevin says. "She's calmer, I think she'll do well."

Cindy was a former member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. She is the only woman representing the United States in the International Skeet Shooting competition.

Her event is scheduled in Sydney for September 21.