PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Sometimes athletes can pick up a sports so easily.

No matter what angle you see air rifle specialist Mikayla Sedgwick from, she's locked in and doesn't disappoint.

Mikayla Sedgwick

Mikayla Sedgwick

"I focus on my breathing and my shot plan, which I do every time, so I can get the best shot," Sedgwick said.

"It's mostly about balance, relaxation skills and she does that very well. It comes natural to her," said her Rio Salado Junior Air Rifles coach Mike Costello.

Sedgwick has risen quickly to become part of the advanced team.

"I had some natural ability and then with proper coaching from my coach, Mike, it really helped.  And then I started shooting multiple times a week and that really helped," Sedgwick explained.

She picked up the sport four years ago and now it's her joy.

"I find it really relaxing, and it's also really fun, like hanging out with people and the relaxing part is really amazing, too," she said.

Sedgwick has quite a bit on her plate -- her air rifle team, yoga, gym training, Girl Scouts and photography, as well.

"I like to do nature, abstract more modern pieces," she said. "It requires the same kind of focus."

Trying to shed light, the multi-talented athlete even made a video talking about the positives about the sport.

When Sedgwick first started, she never knew the sport could open doors. Now, fully aware, she has goals of where she wants to be.

Mikayla Sedgwick

"Hopefully, I can get on a college team; that will get my scores to the next level so I could get on the Olympic team to eventually compete at the Olympics," she said.

Competing for the red, white and blue is a driving force every time she shoots.

"That would be amazing," she said of her Olympic dreams. "I don't know if I can describe how awesome that would be, representing my country in the Olympics is really a high honor that would be so amazing."

Cool, calculated and dead-on accurate, she's a wonder with the rifle and always aims for gold.


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