Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa teacher makes U.S. Olympic shooting team

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.

Tampa teacher makes U.S. Olympic shooting team 06/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 1:06am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.