Kim Rhode

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Kim Rhode
Kim rhode 2007.jpg
Rhode at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo 2007
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Susan Rhode
Born (1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 35)
Alma mater California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Height 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
Weight 150 pounds (68 kg)
Sport
Sport Shooting
Event(s) Double trap, skeet

Kimberly "Kim" Susan Rhode (born July 16, 1979[1]) is an American double trap and skeet shooter. A California native, she is a five-time Olympic medal winner including three gold medals and six-time national champion in double trap. She is the most successful female shooter at the Olympics as the only triple Olympic Champion and is the only woman to have won two Olympic gold medals for Double Trap. Most recently, she won a gold medal in skeet shooting at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, equaling the world record of 99 out of 100 clays.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Whittier, California,[1] Rhode began sport hunting at an early age, traveling on African safaris by the age of 12. At 13, she won her first world championship title in women's double trap shooting. Rhode won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Games, making her the youngest female gold medalist in the history of Olympic shooting. She later won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Rhode also won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

After double trap shooting was eliminated from the Olympic games, she has concentrated on skeet. At the 2007 world cup competitions in Santo Domingo, she set a new final world record in this event with 98 hits (74 in the qualification round and a perfect 25 in the final). She went on to win the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's skeet.

Rhode is co-host of the Outdoor Channel's TV program Step Outside.[3] Rhode studied veterinary medicine at Cal Poly Pomona.[4]

On September 11, 2008, Rhode's competition shotgun was stolen from her pickup; she had been using it in competition for eighteen years.[5] The gun was returned to her in January 2009 after it was discovered during an unrelated search of a parolee's home; the parolee was charged with possession of stolen property.[6] In the meantime fans had donated to buy her a new $13,000 Perazzi shotgun. Having become used to training with the new gun, she elected to retire "Old Faithful" after four Summer Games.[7]

On July 29 at the 2012 London Olympics, Rhode won the gold medal in skeet shooting with an Olympic record score of 99, tying the world record in this event.[8] With this medal, Rhode is the only American competitor to win medals for an individual event in five consecutive Olympics. She also became one of the three competitors (and the only woman) to win three Olympic individual gold medals for shooting, along with Ralf Schumann of Germany and Jin Jong-oh of Korea.

Political activism[edit]

Kim spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention, introducing several other Olympians on the stage.[citation needed]

Rhode collects antique first-edition children's books and rebuilds classic cars, including a prized 1965 AC Shelby Cobra. She married Mike Harryman in 2009.[7]

Career results[edit]

Olympic results
Event 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
Double trap 1 Gold
108+33
3 Bronze
103+36
1 Gold
110+36
Not held Not held
Skeet Not held 7th
69
5th
68+23
2 Silver
70+23
1 Gold
74+25
Trap Not held 9th
68

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics – Kimberly Rhode Profile & Bio, Photos & Videos". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Kim Rhode plans to keep on shooting for Olympic medals". 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "StepOutside". Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "PolyCentric – Cal Poly Pomona". Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]
  5. ^ Vara-Orta, Francisco (2008-09-13). "Olympic champion Kim Rhode's shotgun is stolen – Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ Police find Olympian Kim Rhode's shotgun ESPN, January 29, 2009
  7. ^ a b Bonnie D. Ford (May 10, 2012). "Kim Rhode is not your typical Olympian". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Olympics skeet shooting: Kim Rhode wins to make US history". Retrieved 2012-07-29. 

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