Kateřina Emmons

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Kateřina Emmons
Katerina Emmons.jpg
Emmons in 2008
Personal information
Nationality Czech Republic
Born (1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 35)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
ResidencePlzeň, Czech Republic
Grand Rapids, United States
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
Event(s)AR40, STR3X20

Kateřina Emmons, née Kůrková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkatɛr̝ɪna ˈkuːrkovaː]; born November 17, 1983) is a Czech sport shooter who won three Olympic medals. She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal, and the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won her first gold medal in the women's 10 metre air rifle competition,[1] as well as a silver medal in the 50 metre rifle three positions event.

In addition to her Olympic achievements, Emmons won gold at the 2002 ISSF World Shooting Championships in the 10 metre air rifle competition, and a silver medal four years later in 2006.


Emmons went to the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in the 10 metre air rifle competition and finished 27th in her second event, the 50 metre rifle three positions event. In Beijing in 2008, she won the first gold medal of the 2008 Summer Olympics ahead of 2004 champion and favourite for the competition, Du Li. Emmons equalled the world record and set a new Olympic Record in the qualifying round by achieving a maximum score of 400. She then proceeded to set a new Olympic Record in the final by scoring a total of 503.5 points.[2] She won a silver medal in the 50 metre rifle three positions event at the same games.

Emmons took part in her third Olympic Games in 2012, although did not win a medal, finishing fourth in the 10 metre air rifle competition. She placed 32nd in the 50 metre rifle three positions.

Olympic results[edit]

Event 2004 2008 2012
50 metre rifle three positions 27th
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver
10 metre air rifle 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold


Current world records held in 10 metre air rifle
Women Qualification 400  Seo Sun-hwa (KOR)
 Gao Jing (CHN)
 Lioubov Galkina (RUS)
 Du Li (CHN)
 Lioubov Galkina (RUS)
 Suma Shirur (IND)
 Lioubov Galkina (RUS)
 Monika Haselsberger (AUT)
 Barbara Lechner (GER)
 Zhao Yinghui (CHN)
 Wu Liuxi (CHN)
 Du Li (CHN)
 Sonja Pfeilschifter (GER)
 Kateřina Emmons (CZE)
 Lioubov Galkina (RUS)
 Yi Siling (CHN)
April 12, 2002
April 22, 2002
August 24, 2002
June 4, 2003
June 14, 2003
February 13, 2004
February 22, 2004
April 22, 2004
March 5, 2005
April 11, 2005
June 11, 2005
October 4, 2006
May 24, 2008
August 9, 2008
November 5, 2008
August 1, 2010
Sydney (AUS)
Shanghai (CHN)
Munich (GER)
Zagreb (CRO)
Munich (GER)
Kuala Lumpur (MAS)
Bangkok (THA)
Athens (GRE)
Tallinn (EST)
Changwon (KOR)
Munich (GER)
Granada (ESP)
Milan (ITA)
Beijing (CHN)
Bangkok (THA)
Munich (GER)

Personal life[edit]

Emmons is married to American Olympic rifle shooter Matthew Emmons.[3] They met at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens while she was commentating for Czech Television,[4] and married in Plzeň on June 30, 2007. They both live and train in Plzeň. Her father currently coaches the Australian shooting team. Their daughter, Julie, was born in 2009. They have two more children together: Martin Henry and Emma.


  1. ^ "Flash: Emmons wins first gold of the Olympic Games". Beijing 2008. August 9, 2008. Archived from the original on August 12, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  2. ^ "Czech shooter Katerina Emmons wins first gold medal of Beijing Olympics". The Telegraph. August 9, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. ^ European Shooting Page
  4. ^ "London 2012: Is Matt Emmons America's unluckiest Olympian?". BBC Sport. June 7, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2016.

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