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U.S. Trap Shooter’s Path to Olympic Gold

Alexander_Dupre_-_2015_Head_Shot_PhotoPerhaps no sport demands superior vision and reflexes quite like skeet and trap shooting.  These athletes are required to shoot four inch discs travelling at speeds of over seventy miles-per-hour.  To make it even more challenging, targets are in random order, so the target’s flight can’t be anticipated. One miss is often the difference between first and second place.

“Being able to see targets quickly and clearly is paramount to success in our game,” said Alexander “AJ” Dupre.  AJ is considered by many as one of the brightest rising stars in American shooting sports.  At the age of twenty three, AJ has already experienced international shooting success on some of the biggest stages.

In 2014 alone, AJ took home top international trap shooting honors at the Perazzi Challenge Cup in Italy, the Perazzi USA Grand Prix, the Eurotarget Grand Prix, won a Pennsylvania State Championship, and recently posted a score at the World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico that qualifies him to participate in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for a possible spot at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

AJ spends his time training at Keystone Shooting Park, a shooting complex dedicated specifically to Olympic shotgun shooting sports.  Most of the athletes who train at Keystone are usually doing so with hopes of competing in the Olympic Games.  AJ says that a typical day at Keystone consists of morning cardio followed by three to five hours of live fire training and an evening strength training session.  “The margin between first and last place is minuscule in this sport.  At Keystone, we leave no rock unturned in pursuit of gaining a competitive edge.  More often than not, that edge starts with vision,” according to AJ.  AJ takes a couple of approaches to maximize his vision.  “I have been doing eye exercises for the past few years to strengthen and hone my vision.  I have also added performance eye vitamins to my regimen, which has helped tremendously.”

The NSF Certified for Sport EyePromise Vizual Edge line of performance eye vitamins are designed to help athletes see better and react faster.  AJ was introduced to EyePromise in December of 2014 by a fellow competitor.  “I see it as an opportunity to gain a competitive edge over shooters who aren’t utilizing ocular nutrition.  I also like the fact that they are NSF Certified for Sport,” said AJ.  The NSF Certified for Sport mark ensures that the EyePromise Vizual Edge product line is free of all banned substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned substance list, contains exactly what is listed on the label, and that the facility where the products are made is routinely audited to meet sanitation standards.   Olympic, professional, and college athletes are trained to look for the NSF mark on any supplement they take, as it ensures that they won’t test positive for a banned substance.

AJ claims that his eyes have always been hyper sensitive to light, which required him to wear darker tinted lenses when shooting.   “My eyes were always very sensitive to light.  After four weeks of supplementing with EyePromise I began to notice that my eyes were much less sensitive, allowing me to utilize lighter lenses.  This has been a huge advantage.”

AJ has also noticed improvements in his ability to see targets clearly and quickly.  “Since taking EyePromise I have been able to see the targets much more clearly with strong contrast between the edge of the target and the background.  I also feel that I am able to locate them much sooner.”   AJ’s results are consistent with scientific research.  A recent study out of the University of Georgia demonstrated a 14% improvement in visual processing speed, or the speed at which our eyes and brain communicate, after 4 months of supplementing with EyePromise Vizual Edge.  In a sport like trap shooting, visual processing speed and reaction time are paramount.  If a shooter is able to see and process a target quicker, they are able to make a better judgment on the targets flight trajectory, and ultimately make a more precise shot.

“I am thrilled to have discovered something that will help me meet my goal of competing and dominating at the highest level of men’s international trap shooting, and ultimately help me win Olympic gold.”

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