Emil Milev, a physical education teacher at B.T. Washington Elementary School in Tampa, won a spot on the U.S. Olympic shooting team Friday at the trials in Fort Benning, Ga.
Milev, 44, who lives in Temple Terrace, will compete in his fifth Olympics. In the other four he represented his native Bulgaria and won a silver medal in 1996 at Atlanta. In 2005 he immigrated to Florida with his wife and two children. In 2009 he became a citizen and joined the U.S. shooting team.
"I was thinking after 2007, I will stop (shooting) and this will be it. I was heading in another direction, teaching," Milev told USA Shooting for a story on its website Friday. "But I like shooting, and I kept coming to nationals and kept practicing from time to time, and slowly my results improved, and it all just happened."
Milev — whose recent accomplishments include a gold medal at the Pan American Games in October, a national championship last year and a bronze medal at a 2011 World Cup competition — will compete in 25m rapid fire pistol with Keith Sanderson.
Sanderson set a national record and tied the world record with his trials performance Friday and made his second Olympic team.