When you think about the most accomplished Olympians in U.S. history, the names of Carl Lewis, Micheal Phelps or maybe Shannon Miller would be brought up, but a record setter skeet shooter will do something in Rio no American has ever done.
Shots ring out in the southern Arkansas town of Tiller. With each blast, someone is getting closer to a golden dream. Among those with hitting the target and earning a ticket to Rio— Kim Rhode.
For Rhode, this isn’t her first, second, third, fourth or even fifth trip to the summit of sports in the world.
“I can honestly say, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your fifth time, it never gets old,” Rhode said.
August will make number six, her first Games in South America. This also means she will be the first U.S. Olympian to compete on five different continents.
“To represent my country, it’s truly overwhelming, very humbling experience,” Rhodes proudly stated.
And she’s got the medals to back it all up, winning a medal in all five of her previous Olympics.
“You want to run, scream, jump up and down, and you truly just don’t know which one to do first,” Rhodes said.
With her track record of success, the goal for Brazil is a no brainer: More gold.
Despite the records and Olympic appearances, there’s also a level of American pride that’s right on target.
“I think you gotta remember where you came from and be proud of it,” Rhodes said. “And definitely I am red, white, and blue through and through.”
Kim Rhode is making a name for herself in the Olympic history books with every shot fired.
If Rhode medals in Rio, her six consecutive Olympics with a medal would tie for the most from one country all time.