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NRA Congratulates Six-Time Olympic Medalist Kim Rhode On ISSF Shooter Of The Year Honors
FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association congratulates six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, who was honored as the 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Female Shooter of the Year on Jan. 26, 2018.
Rhode, renowned for her double trap and skeet shooting performances for more than two decades, had one of her best seasons in 2017, culminating in her first Athlete of the Year honor. Her other 2017 accolades include two ISSF World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship, a victory in the ISSF World Cup Final, and the USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year Award.
“It feels amazing! It’s been actually an incredible year for me, I worked so hard leading up to it, and it’s great to see it all come together. This is just an incredible honor, and I’m super excited,” Rhode told USA Shooting.
The ISSF Shooter of the Year award is assigned by the ISSF according to the vote of the ISSF Coaches Advisory Committee, the ISSF Athletes Committee and a selected panel of media representatives. Rhode will join Japanese pistol competitor Matsuda Tomoyuk, the 2017 ISSF Male Shooter of the Year, to be honored with the trophy during the 2018 ISSF Season, which kicks off in a few weeks in Guadalajara, Mexico with the first stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series scheduled for March 1-12, 2018.
Rhode’s storied shooting sports career has seen her earn Olympic gold at the 1996 Atlanta games and 2004 Athens games in double trap, as well as a gold medal at the 2012 London games in skeet. She earned silver at the 2008 Beijing games, and bronze at the 2000 Sydney and 2016 Rio games. Rhode has also medalled in three World Championships and in five Pan-American Games. Outside of shooting, Rhode is an honorary lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and currently serves on the NRA Board of Directors.
Editorial support for this announcement provided by ISSF and USA Shooting.
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