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.”
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.
Safari Club International will be well represented this summer at the Olympics in London, England. Both woman shotgun competitors on the U.S. team are hunters and representatives of SCI. Kim Rhode, who will set a new all-time record if she medals this year, has been an SCI Life member and staunch supporter of the freedom to hunt since she was a child. This year, Kim will be competing in women’s skeet and trap. If she receives a medal in either event,
she will have medaled in five consecutive Olympics–something that never has been done before. Corey Cogdell assured her spot on the U.S. Olympic team in women’s shotgun when she placed first in the qualifying shoot last month in Tucson, Arizona. Corey was a bronze medalist at the Olympics in Beijing four years ago.
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.