The Column, No. 80:

Kim Rhode Makes Olympic History

By Randy Wakeman


Sunday, July 29, 2012-- Kim Rhode just made Olympic history, becoming the first and only American athlete to medal in five consecutive Olympics in an individual sport. The thing is, she didn't "just medal," she won the Gold in Women's Skeet Shooting, setting an Olympic record in the process with a tie of the 99/100 World Record of Slovakia's Danka Bartekova.

Kim Rhode Gold Medalist
photo by Eddie Keogh/REUTERS

In the preliminary, Kim set a new Olympic record of 74 of 75 targets, besting the previous record of 72 set by Italy's Chiara Canero in 2008. The Silver in Women's Skeet was taken by Wei Ning of China with 91 points. Kim Rhode is now the first woman ever to win three gold medals in Olympic shooting. She's done it in two different events, Double Trap and Skeet.

Kim Rhode Medal Chart

Kim Rhode is now the most successful American Olympic competitor in an individual sport and the first woman in the world to win three Gold Medals in Olympic shooting. Kim is the best shotgun shooter the United States has ever had.

Note: You can read Randy's 2011 interview with Kim Rhode by clicking Here.




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