SCI Life Member and Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode is among six athletes USA Shooting is recognizing as Athlete Of The Year for 2012. Recipients are recognized not only for their shooting ability, but also for how they conduct themselves and represent the shooting sports industry.
SCI sponsors five-time Olympian Rhode who this year set a U.S. Olympic record of five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. Her shooting ability clearly speaks for itself. In addition to her athletic talent, Rhode seems to show no limit in her support of the shooting industry, and represents it and her country in an inspiring and wholesome way.
“After 20-plus years of competing it is still an honor to represent our country,” said Rhode. “I realized a long time ago that without the help of my family, friends, sponsors, and everyone at USA Shooting I would surely not have this honor of Athlete of the Year. It is these people who helped make this possible and I share this honor with all of them.”
Olympic champion Kim Rhode is the newest American icon to be featured on a box of Winchester ammunition. Rhode joins the ranks of a very select few who have been pictured on Winchester ammunition packaging—John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Oliver F. Winchester.
During the 2012 summer Olympics, Rhode won her third gold medal making her the first woman to hold three gold medals in sport shooting.
“Kim is an American hero and an inspiration to anyone with hopes and dreams,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales. “Kim’s career accomplishments are unmatched in Olympic competition and we’re proud to say that she shoots Winchester Ammunition.”
Winchester Ammunition is a longtime Rhode and USA Shooting Shotgun Team supporter. This year SCI also became a proud sponsor of Kim Rhode.
The commemorative box of AA target loads will hold the standard 25-rounds of 2 ¾-inch, No. 8 shot target shells. A portion of the proceeds from the limited edition release will be donated to USA Shooting.
SCI sponsored Olympic shooter Kim Rhode in the 2012 London Olympics. There, she became the first U.S. athlete to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic games. She also broke the Olympic record of shooting 99 out of 100 targets. Rhode, a Sables and SCI Life Member, sat down with SCI’s Publications Director, Steve Comus, at the 2012 Grand American to describe what it’s like to win an Olympic gold medal and what she’s planning for the future.