Kim Rhode Medals in Her Sixth Olympic Games

She is one of only six athletes to have accomplished this feat, as well as the first woman.

In this year's Summer Olympics, Kim Rhode did what only five other athletes have ever done: medaled in her sixth Olympic Games in a row. (Photo: Kim Rhode/Facebook)

 

Michael Phelps and his numerous medals are the talk of this year’s Olympics, but Kim Rhode has done something he will likely never do. On Friday Rhode won bronze in the women’s skeet shooting event, making her one of only half a dozen athletes to have medaled in six different Olympic Games.

Rhode shot a Beretta DT11 over-and-under to defeat China’s Wei Meng in the Bronze Medal Match. Both shooters missed their fourth shot, finishing with a 15/16 score that sent them into a shoot-off. Four rounds and three hours later, Rhode emerged the victor after Meng missed her final shot.

Rhode, 37, has competed and medaled in six consecutive Olympic Games, one of only six Olympians to do so. She is also the first woman to do so, as well as the first Summer Olympian.

Rhode started her medal run at the age of 17. She won gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics’ double trap event, bronze in the Sydney Games, gold in Athens, silver in Beijing, and gold in London.

Rhode also gives back to the sport that has given her so much; she has been an outspoken proponent of the Second Amendment and concealed carry.

“We should have the right to keep and bear arms, to protect ourselves and our family,” she told Time. “The Second Amendment was put in there not just so we can go shoot skeet or go shoot trap. It was put in so we could defend our First Amendment, the freedom of speech, and also to defend ourselves against our own government.”

 

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