The Summer Olympics: Ralf Schumann

Germany's Mr. Rapid Fire aims for another 72 seconds of glory

He holds all the records, world and Olympic. He is a 28-time World Cup winner. He has won Olympic gold twice and silver once, and is a gold-medal contender in Sydney. He has been the master of his discipline for 15 years. Yet he's unknown--for it's the fate of rapid-fire pistol shooters not to make it into the spotlight but to disappear, as their bullets must, into a dark circle.

He is Ralf Schumann. A mild-tempered and obviously sharp-eyed man of 38, he was born in the former East Germany, where he took up pistol shooting at age 15. The pistol...

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