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Kim Rhode is competing in shooting at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Kim Rhode can make history in London if she medals. No American athlete in any individual sport has won a medal in five-straight Olympics, but Rhode could change that. After becoming a regular on the podium in women's double trap, Rhode transitioned to dominating skeet shooting due to the women's double trap event being dropped following the 2004 Athens Games. She will compete in both women's skeet and women's trap in London.

The chance to set history in London was set-up by a series of great Olympic performances beginning in 1996, when Rhode burst onto the scene in Atlanta to win the women's double trap gold medal as a 17-year-old. She followed that up with bronze in Sydney and another gold in Athens. Rhode then won silver in the women's skeet competition in Beijing, but she will settle for nothing short of gold in London.

Some Olympic athletes keep their medals in their sock drawers. Some hang them in their homes as a permanent decoration. But Rhode? Well, she carries her four medals around with her. "I like to take them with me, so a lot of times they're with me or in my back pocket as I used to carry them when I was younger," Rhode said. "Now I'm getting too many. They don't quite fit, but in my purse usually or when I'm at home, they're in a safe." She even allows friends and children to wear her medals sometimes.

Rhode had her shotgun stolen just weeks after returning from Beijing. She had used that gun in all four previous Olympic appearances. Two men followed her to a rest stop while she was on the road and they took her gun from her car while the vehicle was unattended. Rhode obtained a new 12 gauge Italian Perazzi by way of donations, but her gun that she won four medals with was eventually returned to her in January 2009 when police obtained it in a routine parole check. Rhode's medals were safe because she carries them in her purse.

Both of Rhode's parents are also shooters and her father is also her coach. Rhode grew up in El Monte, Calif. shooting and fishing with her parents. She has particularly fond memories of her grandfather. Rhode said she most looks up to her dad and her grandfather.


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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: July 16, 1979
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthplace: Whittier, CA
Hometown: El Monte, CA
Current Residence: El Monte, CA

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