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"Winning" is the Name of the Game for Shipley

When asked why he's competing in this year's Auto Glass Technician Olympics in Las Vegas, Royal Glass Co. auto glass technician Sam Shipley isn't shy.

"I want to win," he says. "That's the name of the game."

Shipley, a second-time competitor in the competition, is based in Capitol Heights, Md., and, in preparation, he treats every job as if it were part of the competition.

"I'm a mobile technician, so I do six to ten jobs a day all over the place, so every customer I encounter I try to take through the whole thing as if I'm in the competition," he says.

When it comes to advice for first-time competitors, Shipley warns, "If [you] think it's easy, it's not."

"The stress level is pretty intense and being under the close scrutiny of people that high up," he says. "Somebody notices every mistake."

Shipley and his wife, Brandee, have two children, Kayla, 13, and Caleb (also known as "Bubba" around the Shipley home), 7. Brandee will be traveling to the event with him this year to show her support.

"I'm looking forward to it because I'll be more relaxed this year," adds Shipley. "I'm hoping my stress level's a whole lot lower this time."

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