SHARP-SHOOTER Ian Peel hasn't had the best of years - but he is hoping it all comes right on the day at the Olympics in Athens later this month.
The 46-year-old, who lived in Great Harwood for many years, won a silver medal in the Olympic Trap - like clay pigeon shooting - in Sydney four years ago.
That was something of a surprise for the British number one who enjoyed good television coverage as being one of the first Brits to win a coveted Olympic medal.
Now he is hoping to go one better in Greece - although he knows the competition is tough.
"I seem to have finished fourth, fifth or sixth all year," said Ian, who along with his Olympic medal, has six Commonwealth Games medals, two European Championship medals and has been British number one since 1996.
"It hasn't been going well enough for me. I was fifth in the European Championships in Cyprus and came fourth in the World Cup in Brazil. A lot of the other competitors are shooting better than me but the thing about this sport is that it is all about the day."
Ian will shoot at 125 clay targets over the weekend of 14 and 15 August with the top six going through to the final where it is the best of 25.
Australian Michael Diamond won gold in Australia and he is competing again although Ian says there is a Russian, German and Czech competitor who will all prove tricky customers.
"I went out to the shooting range at Athens and it had literally just been built - but it was the same for every competitor," continued Ian who works in Blackburn as a textile colourist. The thing about shooting is that if you have a good day, you can win medals.
"I know if I am to win a medal then I have to step up a gear. The expectation will be on me with winning a medal at the last Olympics and I, of course, am aiming to go one better.
"Many people will say I am four years older so I should have more experience but then so is everyone else. And I am four years older and my eye sight is going! I am not one of the favourites because of the year I have had but that suits me."
Ian might get some television coverage as the athletics doesn't start until the week after.
"I think we are competing with sailing, cycling and swimming for coverage but you never know if we do well, we could get a good show."
And glued to that television will be his family, including wife Mary, son Christopher and daughter Rebecca, who are staying at home while Ian competes.
"It is hard taking the family as you have to sort out accomodation and to be honest, you don't get much time to mix with them. And it allows me to totally concentrate on shooting."
And it also allows him to get star struck in the Olympic village.
"It is nice mixing with the 'superstars'," said Ian. "My family will be asking for autographs from the footballers and the tennis players! It is nice going into the food hall and passing the time of day with these people who you wouldn't mix with in normal life."
But Ian hopes to be the one grabbing some of the headlines in Athens.