Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shooter Kim Rhode

I pulled this out of US Today. It was part of an article on the the Olympics.

Quit interesting her training regiment and the number of targets she shoots each day in practice. She shoots more targets in one day than most of us shoot at a three day tournament.

Heat is on:

Shooter Kim Rhode, 28, qualified last weekend for her fourth Olympics.

What's new? Oh, just a new sport, she said.

She will compete in skeet because women's double trap was dropped.

"It's like the difference between swimming and diving," said Rhode, winner of gold medals in double trap in 1996 and 2004 and bronze in 2000.

One difference, she said, is the shotgun is mounted in double trap, while in skeet, the gun rests on the hip before being raised to the shoulder when the target is pulled.

"It's like night and day," she said.

Rhode, who shoots 700 to 1,000 rounds a day, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., wants to be ready for Beijing's humidity and heat. Living in El Monte, Calif., she works with a trainer and nutritionist, runs in the heat and plans to train in humidity rooms before continuing her preparations at Fort Benning, Ga., this summer.

One constant: her dad, Richard, is her coach. "He's pulled every target for me." Do that math.

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