"I wouldn't trade having her by my side for anything," Matt said. "But it has been hard on us when the other is competing—it's difficult to keep your mind on your own game. Granted, at this Olympics it's been a little easier because we don't compete at the same time."
It stands to reason, then, that any such anxiety was surely alleviated as Matt watched Katy capture her first career gold medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle competition. "Her success gives me good energy and great motivation," he said.
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Matt then followed that up with a silver medal of his own, and Katy countered with an additional bronze to give the couple a medal of every color in Beijing. But their collective success was quickly tempered when Matt committed another fatal error on his final Olympic shot, costing him an additional gold medal.
"Things happen for a reason," Matt said. "I said that last time, and it's the truth. Maybe last time, the reason was Katy. This time I don't know yet, but I'm sure something good's going to come from it."
After Matt's latest debacle, the delegation from the Czech Republic in Beijing opted to throw a party for Katy and Matt—in honor of both their Olympic performance, and, their blossoming marriage. The Czech prime minister was even in attendance, and the minister of the interior apparently offered to help Emmons become a dual citizen.
In short, no couple has been more popular in the Athletes Village here in Beijing than Matt and Katy Emmons.
"The past few days have been a roller-coaster ride, but not a bad one, because I like roller coasters," he said. "We're going home with three medals, so I can't complain. With her by my side, that's the most important thing. Whether I win or lose, she'll always be there supporting me."
Now the sharpshooting couple has their eye on the London Olympics in 2012. But Matt says there is an even bigger target dead-ahead.
"We want to start a family," he said.
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(photo by Chen Gong)