Kim Rhode

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Kim Rhode
Kim rhode 2007.jpg
Rhode at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo 2007
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Susan Rhode
Born (1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 42)
Alma mater California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport Shooting
Event(s) Double trap, skeet

Kimberly "Kim" Susan Rhode (born July 16, 1979[1]) is an American double trap and skeet shooter. A California native, she is a five-time Olympic medal winner, including three gold medals, and six-time national champion in double trap. She is the most successful female shooter at the Olympics as the only triple Olympic Champion and is the only woman to have won two Olympic gold medals for Double Trap. Most recently, she won a gold medal in skeet shooting at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, equaling the world record of 99 out of 100 clays.[2]

Early life

Kimberly Rhode was born in Whittier, California in 1979. Rhode began sport hunting at an early age, traveling on African safaris by the age of 12. Rhode began competing in skeet at age 10.[1][3]

International competition

Rhode, at 13, won her first world championship title in women's double trap shooting. After double trap shooting was eliminated from the 2008 Olympic games, she has concentrated on skeet. At the 2007 world cup competitions in Santo Domingo, she set a new final world record in this event with 98 hits (74 in the qualification round and a perfect 25 in the final). Rhode became an Distinguished International Shooter in 1995 (Badge #388).[4]

1996 Olympics

Rhode won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Games, making her the youngest female gold medalist in the history of Olympic shooting.

2000 Olympics

Rhode won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

2004 Olympics

Rhode also won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

2008 Olympics

Rhode won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's skeet.

2012 Olympics

On July 29 at the 2012 London Olympics, Rhode won the gold medal in skeet shooting with an Olympic record score of 99, tying the world record in this event.[5] With this medal, Rhode is the only American competitor to win medals for an individual event in five consecutive Olympics. She also became one of the three competitors (and the only woman) to win three Olympic individual gold medals for shooting, along with Ralf Schumann of Germany and Jin Jong-oh of Korea.

TV Host

Rhode is co-host of the Outdoor Channel's TV program Step Outside.[6] Rhode studied veterinary medicine at Cal Poly Pomona.[7]

Stolen competition shotgun

On September 11, 2008, Rhode's competition shotgun was stolen from her pickup; she had been using it in competition for eighteen years.[8] The gun was returned to her in January 2009 after it was discovered during an unrelated search of a parolee's home; the parolee was charged with possession of stolen property.[9] In the meantime fans had donated to buy her a new $13,000 Perazzi shotgun. Having become used to training with the new gun, she elected to retire "Old Faithful" after four Summer Games.[10]

Personal life

Rhode spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention, introducing several other Olympians on the stage.[11]

Rhode married Mike Harryman in 2009. Her son was born in 2013.[3][10]

In addition to being a member of USA Shooting's National Team, Rhode is an honorary lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of Safari Club International.[3]

Career results

Olympic results
Event 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
Double trap 1st Gold
3rd Bronze
1st Gold
Not held Not held
Skeet Not held 7th
2nd Silver
1st Gold
Trap Not held 9th

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics – Kimberly Rhode Profile & Bio, Photos & Videos". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 2008-09-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Kim Rhode plans to keep on shooting for Olympic medals". 30 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "USA Shooting Kim Rhode". Retrieved 2014-07-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Distinguished International Shooter Badge". Retrieved 2014-07-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Olympics skeet shooting: Kim Rhode wins to make US history". Retrieved 2012-07-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "StepOutside". Retrieved 2014-07-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "PolyCentric – Cal Poly Pomona". Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Vara-Orta, Francisco (2008-09-13). "Olympic champion Kim Rhode's shotgun is stolen – Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2008-09-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Police find Olympian Kim Rhode's shotgun ESPN, January 29, 2009
  10. 10.0 10.1 Bonnie D. Ford (May 10, 2012). "Kim Rhode is not your typical Olympian". Retrieved August 12, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Olympians at the 2012 Republican National Convention". CSPAN. 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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