Thanks to Wendy LaFever, Managing Editor of NRA InSights, for this update on Olympic skeet shooter Kim Rhode:
You may know that ever since she started shooting, four-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode has been breaking down barriers just as surely as she smashes clays. She recently earned the right to compete at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Should she medal again, she will be the first USA Olympian from any individual sport to ever win five consecutive Olympic medals in five straight Olympic Games.
Photo courtesy of USA Shooting.
Rhode’s also made significant inroads in proving to the mainstream press that shooters deserve to be treated as the athletes they are. She was just featured late last week by the Associated Press in an article and video that was sent to scores of their news clients including the New York Times (previously not famous for its friendly treatment of shooters), USAToday.com, sportsillustrated.com, yahoo.com, the Washington Examiner and scores of other publications both inside the U.S. and abroad.
Despite the ongoing pressure of training and preparation, Rhode has never forgotten how she got her start in shooting, and is committed to help inspire the next generation of shooters. Several of her articles have appeared in NRA InSights, NRA’s publication for Junior members, and Rhode stopped by our booth at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits to offer a little advice.
Good luck in London, Kim! As we get closer to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, NRAblog will be providing more coverage of the Olympic shooters competing in London, so stay tuned.