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July 19,2016 09:17

There are 39 different Olympic sports you'll be able to enjoy in this year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Some sports get more attention than others. One competition takes a good eye and steady aim. Alex Sacopulos is a member of the Highground ...

Terre Haute, IN There are 39 different Olympic sports you'll be able to enjoy in this year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Some sports get more attention than others. One competition takes a good eye and steady aim.   Alex Sacopulos is a member of the Highground Crushers Trap Team in Terre Haute. The team features several shooters, and the the Terre Haute Sporting Clays Club is its home.   Sacopulos has been shooting traps for three year, and he thanks his brother for introducing him to the sport. "He was out here shooting and I just got really bored. So I picked up my shotgun and came out here and tried it. I think the first time, I hit 11 out of 25 and I thought, 'you know what? If I put some work into this, it could be pretty fun," said Sacopulos.   Now, trap is a part of his everyday life. "Sometimes, if I get bored, I'll just clean my shotgun. It doesn't even have to be dirty. You got to breathe that familiarity with it so that whenever you come out here it's second nature."   Shooting is one of many sports featured at the Olympics. For Rio, shooters will follow international trap rules, as opposed to American rules.   "Our targets throw at different angles. They're all the same elevation but you never know which angle is coming out. International trap is shot out of a bunker which is underground. In American trap, you get one shot. In international trap, you get two shots," said Richard Weir with AIM.   And while there may be differences between trap shooting at the Terre Haute Sporting Clays Club and the Rio Olympic Games, this is where it all begins. "Once you can master this, you can master the Olympics. You can master International Trap. Once you get those building blocks, you can just lay stone on top of them and keep going," said Sacopulos.   Fans of shooting won't have to wait long for the Olympic competition. Rio's first shooting event takes place on Day 2 of the games, that's August 6. Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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