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Proud Spokane dad talks raising an Olympian

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If your child is involved in sports, you might think they have true talent.  You also probably know their chances of going as far as the Olympic Games are slim.  However, the odds and extreme talent were in favor of a North Spokane father who coached his daughter all the way to the world stage.

Michael Furrer coached his daughter Amanda and her two siblings on Spokane’s Junior Rifle team since Amanda was about 10 years old.  He recognized her talent early and helped lead her to two Olympic shooting teams.  Amanda earned a spot on the 2008 team as an alternate when she was a teenager and competed in the 2012 Olympic Games where she placed 15th.

Michael says his daughter was willing to give up soccer and focus completely on shooting after she met an Olympian at a match.  However, he says the journey to get to the Olympics didn’t come without bumps in the road.  He says Amanda even wanted to quit at one point and start hip-hop dance lessons.  He says that was short lived though, after Amanda met more friends competing in shooting.

The cost to get Amanda to her tournaments wasn’t cheap either. Forbes Magazine reports raising an Olympic athlete in some sports can cost $15,000 a year.  For the Furrers, tournaments took them across the country and even overseas.

Michael still coaches young athletes on the Spokane Junior Rifle Team.  He says it is important parents remember not to push their child too much.  He says there’s a balance between recreation and making the sport a career.  For the Furrers, it was the Olympics, but for the other kids Michael coaches he says enjoying friends and shooting is what the sport is really all about.

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