Rhode Shines In Beijing World Cup Event
From The Media Group Inc.
BEIJING -- Despite battling gusting wind conditions, four-time USA Olympic medalist Kim Rhode earned the silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Women's International Skeet in Beijing, China, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
At those Games, Rhode also brought home the silver medal for the USA and tied the all time record for consecutive medals in consecutive Olympic Games (four) for an American Olympian from an individual sport.
At this world cup, 50 competitors faced off and Rhode was in the thick of things after the first two rounds with a combined score of 47. Rhode's perfect 25 in the third round landed her in a three-way tie for second place at 72. Rhode's teammate Caitlan Connor also performed well for the USA and finished in sixth place.
However, the wind conditions only got worse in the final round and Rhode's masterful 24 provided her with a final score of 96 and the silver medal.
Immediately following Rhode's gold-medal-winning performance at the ISSF World Cup in Sydney, USA Shooting announced that Rhode had been nominated for the London Olympic Games. Rhode is the first USA Olympian from any USA sport to accomplish this feat.
If she earns an Olympic medal in at London, Rhode will become the first USA Olympian from any individual sport to ever win five consecutive Olympic medals in five straight Olympic Games.
"It was great to compete here again and to do well despite the wind conditions," Rhode said. "It's nice to know that I will get the opportunity to do something so special at the upcoming London Games for all Americans and for all outdoor enthusiasts. This would not be possible without USA Shooting, my sponsors and the support I receive from my loved ones."
Rhode has been dominating her sport for the last two seasons. She is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and is the defending world champion and national champion.