Category Archives: SCI Olympians

Safari Club International sponsors Kim Rhode and Cory Cogdell in the 2012 Olympics held in London, England.

SCI Defends Olympic Shooter After Personal Threats by Anti-Hunting Radicals

Washington, D.C. – “As President of Safari Club International (SCI) I would like to express SCI’s support for Olympic Trap Shooter and SCI Member, Corey Cogdell, who will represent the U.S. Shooting team tomorrow in London. While the anti-hunting community has recently scrutinized, and even threatened, Ms. Cogdell over images from an African hunt that she posted to a social media account, the images are a true depiction of how she continues to represent hunters across the globe, promoting species conservation in local communities, such as Africa. Ms. Cogdell is a positive role model for all American hunters and, again, SCI wishes her all the best in bringing home an Olympic medal.”

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SCI Olympian Kim Rhode

Kim Rhode, a Life Member of SCI and Sables, has been an avid hunter since her early childhood years. Her competitive life began at age 10 when she took up American Skeet, and was the World Champion by age 13 when she also became captain of the All-American team. Rhode didn’t stop with American Skeet, however, as she soon added Olympic-style International Double Trap and International Skeet to her impressive shooting resume.

Most recently (July 2012), Rhode set new world records at the 2012 Olympics in London by being the first American to medal in five consecutive Olympics and for shooting 99 out of 100 targets.

“SCI is proud to sponsor Kim Rhode during her historic win,” said SCI President John Whipple. “Her performance definitely puts women’s skeet on the map for the general public to fully appreciate. Thank you to Kim for being a true ambassador for the sport.”

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SCI Olympian Corey Cogdell

SCI-sponsored Olympic shooter, Corey Cogdell, was born in Alaska and grew up shooting and hunting with her father. She joined her local 4-H Club shooting program, and from there went on to train for Olympic-style trapshooting.

As an accomplished trapshooter, Cogdell became the first American woman to ever win an Olympic medal in her sport. In 2008, she was the only member of the Olympic Women’s Trapshooting Team, and in Bejing won Team USA’s first shooting medal of the Olympics—the bronze in Women’s Trap.

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Rhode Shoots Past Olympic Records

Kim Rhode, U.S. Olympian and SCI Life Member, fired off another “first” this past weekend when she became the first U.S. athlete to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic games, and also broke an Olympic record of shooting 99 out of 100 targets. This historic accomplishment was triggered when Kim won the gold medal in Women’s Skeet.

“The hunting and shooting community is reveling in Kim’s astounding accomplishment from this weekend’s Olympic Skeet Shooting gold medal performance,” said SCI president John Whipple. “Not only did Kim set an Olympic record of shooting 99 out of 100, she also is the first American athlete to win a medal in five consecutive Olympic Games. She embodies the excellence of an Olympic legend.”

Many “firsts” have led up to this medal. At age 12, Rhode was the youngest person in history to break 100 straight in American Skeet, and in 1994 and 1995 she was the youngest person ever to captain the Open Ladies All-American Skeet Team. At age 17, she was the youngest person ever to represent the U.S. on the Olympic Shooting Team, and the youngest woman for any country in the world to make an Olympic Shooting Team.

“SCI is proud to sponsor Kim Rhode during her historic win. Her performance definitely puts women’s skeet on the map for the general public to fully appreciate.

Thank you to Kim for being a true ambassador for the sport,” concluded Whipple.

Other awards and medals that preceded Rhode’s latest records include setting an Olympic World Record in women’s double trap in 1996.  Since taking the Gold in Atlanta, Rhode has twice been named the USA Shooting “Woman Athlete of the Year,” and is a recipient of SCI’s “Spirit of Courage Award.” Chevy Truck named her “Shooter of the Year” in 1996, and in that same year, Time magazine named Rhode one of the “Top Ten Sports Phenoms.” She was honored in 1997 with a Victor Award (City of Hope) and presented a “Woman of Achievement Award” from the YMCA.

Rhode’s prior Olympic achievements include Gold Medals in Double Trap in 1996 and 2008 as well as Bronze in 2000. In Skeet she earned Silver in 2008. Rhode is a life-long international hunter who started hunting before competitive shooting.

Next weekend, Rhode and her teammate Corey Cogdell, will compete in Women’s Trap. Both of these Olympians are sponsored by SCI.