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Kim Rhode Medals for U.S., Sets American Olympic Record

by G&A Online Editors   |  July 30th, 2012 11

Kim_rhode_2007Olympian Kim Rhode set history in London during the weekend, becoming the first American to medal in five straight Olympics after earning the gold medal in women’s skeet shooting Sunday, hitting an Olympic record 99 of 100 targets.

But the 33-year-old shooter still took time to stand up for the sporting culture that she says is misunderstood by the rest of the world.

In an interview with Reuters, Rhode said what we all know to be true: Shooting places responsibility and safety above all else. However, when a deranged lunatic like James Holmes gets his hands on a gun, it can have tragic consequences.

“Shooting teaches responsibility, discipline, focus and this is a sport, it’s sad when those lines get blurred by someone who was obviously disturbed,” Rhode told Reuters. “Hopefully we continue on a positive path and teach others.”

A dedicated shooter since she was a child, Rhode took her first world shooting title at the age of 13, and was the youngest member of the U.S. Shooting Team at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games three years later. Since then, Rhode has taken three golds (Atlanta in ’96, Athens in ’04 and London) and two silvers (Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in ’08).

And she’s not done yet, adding that she has her sights set on Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I’m not looking at this as my last Olympics,” said Rhode. “I can go a very long time, that’s the beauty of shooting. It’s not a flash in the pan type thing. I definitely don’t see an end in sight.”

 

  • Antonio

    Kim was smoooooth. And I'm so pleased it was actually televised (I think it was MSNBC — can you believe it?). She was nearly perfect, and that winning smile was well earned. Congrats, Kim.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      Wow, MSNBC? That's surprising! Their recent reports of the theater incident were used to push their anti-gun agenda. I actually stopped using their website and now use a different news source.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.hicks.902 Dave Hicks

    You know you have to admit she has a point about Colorado.
    Honestly the world should be happy that the lunatic in Colorado was NOT a dedicated shooter. My guns rarely jam, and I practice at the local Sheriff department gun range 2 or 3 times a month. If any thing can be taken away from this tragedy it should be that it is blatantly obvious, while a tragedy it was, it could have been MUCH worse if he had been even moderately trained.

    It is still great to see a real person taking a gold medal in the Olympics.(again, and again and again!)

    • John

      Little bitt all over the place, Dave Hicks.

  • Mack Missiletoe

    Wow, 99/100 that's great. Congrats on the record!

  • Wolvie

    I doubt I could do 99/100 in front of a crowd at the Olympics…even if you laid them out on a bench and I used a hammer.

    What an amazing woman! And what a great ambassador for our sport!

  • Gussey

    I got to see the last 25 of your win, flawless, nicely done, and you are an inspiration to fellow shooters, also you handled msnbc like a true sportswoman!!!

  • Alan_T

    I have a new hero , her name is Kim Rhode !

  • BJC

    Well done young lady. What gun do you shoot with, it didn't look like the tricked out type usually seen, and do you use a release or pull trigger?

  • Baxter

    Shooting is the forth most universal sport in the Olympics. 108 countries participate with 390 incredible people almost as good as Kim. Tell that to the "guns are for nuts" crowd and their heads explode. I can't wait to see Kim in trap shooting on Saturday.

  • Brian

    Put aside any thoughts about gun control. Any thoughts that no one needs a firearm for self-defense. Replace shot-shells with Frisbees. Kim Rhode demonstrated mastery of a skill most of us can only dream of. Congratulations to Kim for achieving greatness that any American should admire.

    Well done, Kim!

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