Emmons' happy life after Beijing Olympics

2009-05-19 08:04 BJT

MUNICH, May 18 (Xinhua) -- When U.S. Olympic champion Matthew Emmons accidentally cross-fired his last shot in the rifle three position in 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he lost the gold but he harvested a legendary love with Czech Olympic champion Katerina Kurkova.

Matthew Emmons in Beijing Olympics(File Photo)

Matthew Emmons in Beijing Olympics(File Photo)

When Emmons made a freak final shot with 4.4 points to lose another gold four years later in Beijing Olympics, Emmons found another unexpected remedy: he and Katerina have an Olympic baby.

"Katty and I had a baby six weeks ago," Emmons told Xinhua in Munich on Monday.

Emmons was here for his first world cup after the Beijing Olympic Games, this time he did not encounter any accident and took home the silver with 702.0 points on the 50m rifle prone.

Speaking of his daughter, Emmons could not help smiling, saying he missed her very much.

"She is very healthy and she is cute and fun," he said.

"Being a father, it's great. I love it," he added.

At the Athens Olympics, Katerina's consoling act moved Emmons and they fell in love soon after and they got married in June of 2007 in Czech Republic.

When Emmons lost the second gold in Beijing in 2008, Katerina, who had sealed a gold in Beijing, comforted her husband again.

In Beijing, Katerina was pregnant, and on April 2 this year, she gave birth to a baby girl.

"It wasn't like we were really trying for a baby. It just happened at that very good time," Emmons recalled.