Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode won her second World Cup gold medal in a row this year with her win in Women’s Skeet on the penultimate day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. Continue reading Kim Rhode, Olympian And SCI Life Member Is Golden Again
SCI-sponsored two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) will be part of a six-member squad competing Saturday as the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final for Shotgun in Maribor, Slovenia.
Cogdell is hopeful to put results of a bad final round in London [2012 Olympics] behind her and showcase the skills that led her to an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing as well as the World Cup win she earned at the Tucson World Cup in March.
“It is always such an honor to compete in the World Cup Finals as one of the top 12 in the world,” said Cogdell. “I’m looking forward to wrapping up my World Cup season with a strong performance.”
Joining Cogdell in the talented women’s trap field is Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) who finished second to Cogdell for an Olympic selection. Browning earned her way to Maribor after earning a career first World Cup medal at the London Prepares event in April. The wind, rain and cold conditions of London couldn’t detract Browning from recording the top performance of her career as the Arkansas native earned a bronze medal.
World Cup Final Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 22
Women’s Trap Qualifying + Final
Men’s Trap Qualifying
Sunday, Sept. 23
Men’s Trap Qualifying (cont.) + Final
Monday, Sept. 24
Women’s Skeet Qualifying + Final
Double Trap Qualifying + Final
Men’s Skeet Qualifying
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Men’s Skeet Qualifying (cont.) + Final
There was a definite Safari Club presence at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup shoot, held in Tucson, Arizona, USA during the last week of March where several records were met or set. SCI, SCI Foundation and the Arizona Chapter of SCI were major sponsors of the shoot. The international/global nature of the World Cup event, and the fact that international competitors travel globally with firearms, made the connection with SCI both logical and obvious.
U.S. shooter Kim Rhode, a Life member of both SCI and Sables, set the first new world record early in competition. Rhode, then a four- and now five-time Olympic medalist, shot a perfect 75 in competition. She missed one target in the finals for a total of 99/100. Kim beat the previous world record of 74/75 set by Elena Little (Great Britain) at the 2005 ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia. The 74/75 record had been equaled 13 times since then including Rhode, who equaled the mark twice in 2010 at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing (China) and at the ISSF World Cup Final in Izmir (Turkey).
“It’s great to start the season in this way, on my home turf, especially as we are getting closer to the Olympics,” Rhode said.
Rhode, already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after winning the 2010 World Championships, is trying to make Olympic history by becoming the first U.S. athlete competing in an individual sport to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games.