Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kim Rhode, Olympic Shooter

A good read...

ESPN - By Bonnie D. Ford

We tend to picture our most distinguished Olympians as residents of Valhalla, a little aloof, not entirely earth-bound.

Yet the woman who could become one of the most decorated U.S. athletes in history this summer lives in Monrovia, Calif., and has an outgoing, relentlessly sunny personality. She makes her own fresh pasta. She can build a car from the ground up. She collects antique children's books. Her mom keeps her schedule and her dad is her coach. Her name is Kim Rhode and her blog is modestly subtitled "just a girl shooting guns and stuff."

In short, Rhode is the girl next door who grew up to be a woman with a remarkable skill set. Rhode, 33, who will compete in skeet and trap at the London Olympics, could become the first American athlete to medal in an individual sport in five straight Games if she reaches the podium again.



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