Arizona Corporation Commission software developer Jay Shi is on his way to Rio de Janeiro to compete in men’s pistol shooting in the 2016 Olympics.
“In both engineering and shooting, you are presented with a problem and you have to figure it out,” Shi said. “There is always a way.”
Shi had to figure out one major hurdle early in his life. As a child, Shi came to the United States from Beijing after suffering an injury to his right eye. He was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. While doctors were able to preserve his sight with an implantable lens, he is not able to focus or judge distance in that eye. It took him five years to be able to shoot well enough using his right hand and left eye.
“It just proves to me and a lot of people that by working hard and never giving up so many things are possible,” Shi said.
Shi will compete in two pistol shooting events, the 10-meter air and the 50-meter free.
Shi had hoped to compete in the 2008 Beijing games and then again in the 2012 London games but fell short of making the teams.