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Incredible story of Kim Rhode: 24 Years in Olympics, and first woman to win medals in six consecutive Olympic Games

The American won gold medals in double trap in her first Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and in 2004 and in skeet in 2012, the most in women’s shooting at the Games.

Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:05
Incredible story of Kim Rhode: 24 Years in Olympics, and first woman to win medals in six consecutive Olympic Games
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: American shooter Kim Rhode on Friday became the first ever woman athlete to win medals in six consecutive Olympic Games.

Rhode, 37, won the the bronze medal in women’s skeet shooting which put her her in an elite record-holding group of just five other athletes who have won a medal in six different Olympic Games.

The American won gold medals in double trap in her first Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and in 2004 and in skeet in 2012, the most in women’s shooting at the Games.

She added bronze in women’s double trap in 2000 and silver in women’s skeet in 2008.

The Rio Games, the first in South America, also mean that Rhode has won a medal on five continents.

But, it's not always a rosy road for Rhode. She has suffered from a string of health setbacks over her 27 years in competition, including shoulder problems, complications from pregnancy and most recently a bad hip.

Three doctors told her to give up shooting as a teenager.

And, she may well compete in the next Olympics in Tokyo.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:03

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