Mike Searson

Olympic Shooting Legend Kim Rhode Talks Shooting, Training, and Bringing Another Medal Home for the U.S.

Photos by Joey Skibel

We consider Kim Rhode a living national treasure. A competitive shooter from the age of 10, she’s set numerous records as a double trap and skeet shooter in the Olympics. She was the youngest female gold medalist in the history of Olympic shooting when she medaled at 17. Not one to rest on her laurels, she went on to medal in six consecutive summer Olympics, becoming the first woman to do so, as well as the first Olympian to medal on five different continents with three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.

Rhode also has an amazing 20 World Cup gold medals and has won countless other honors over the years at state, national, and international levels.

The young prodigy with her Zone 7 skeet awards.

It’s a quick read on a great shooter, if Kim medals in the 2020 Tokyo games, she will be the first woman to medal in 7 Olympic games. I have met her a couple of times at shows or events. She is something to watch, but doesn’t get much air time even during the Olympic broadcast years due to the anti gun bias of NBC (most recently) the shooting events end up airing online only at 2 am or so. Kim is also the lead plaintiff in the NRA lawsuit against Prop 63 in California (the ammo purchase restrictions).

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