Five years after retiring from the sport, Brian Burrows became an Olympic medalist.
The 33-year-old walked away from trap shooting after the United States failed to qualify in his event for the 2012 or 2016 Olympics.
“I made the decision that after college, I would get a real job and kind of settle down a little bit,” Burrows said.
Three years ago, a phone call from a former coach in North Texas brought him back.
“He told me like, ‘Hey, I want you to try some stuff shooting-wise. I think you’d enjoy it, just like a little different technique,’ and I was like, ‘Dwayne, I haven’t picked up a gun in a while,’” Burrows recalled.
He gave it a shot, and before long made the U.S. National Team, went to the World Cup, set a world record and quit his day job in California.
He became his own boss when he opened Ironwood Axe Throwing in Denton.
“It was at a time in my life where I was going to start pursuing the Olympic…