Animal & Veterinary Sciences Student, Olympic Medalist to Compete in Summer Olympics


Animal & Veterinary Sciences Student, Olympic Medalist to Compete in Summer Olympics
Two-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, a junior Animal & Veterinary Sciences student, will compete as a trapshooter in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Two-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, a junior Animal & Veterinary Sciences student, has traveled to Athens, Greece, to compete as a trapshooter in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 13-29. This will be Rhode's third time to compete in the Olympic Games.

The 25-year-old El Monte resident is the most accomplished female double trap shooter in the world, and she is the only woman from the United States to compete in this year's event.

Rhode became the youngest female gold medalist in Olympic shooting history when she won the double trap competition at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. She captured a bronze medal in the same event in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. A campus ceremony was held in her honor following the win.

Rhode is a six-time national champion in double trap and came in first place in the 2003 Pan American Games.

At the age of 4, Rhode began hunting rabbits and doves, and at 10 years of age she began shooting with her parents at the San Gabriel Gun Club. She won her first championship at age 13, garnering national attention. Today, Rhode, who is studying to be a veterinarian, views shooting as a pastime.

As an athlete, Rhode has been on the cover of the National Rifle Association's “American Rifleman” magazine and has served as a spokeswoman for her sponsors, including Perazzi, her gunmaker, and Winchester, the company that supplies her ammunition.

In Athens, Rhode will compete in the double trap, an event in which two clay disks travel away from the shooter, and skeet, in which two disks travel horizontally in front of the shooter. The double trap will be discontinued in the Olympics after this year.

The women's double trap final is scheduled for Aug. 18 and the women's skeet final will take place Aug. 19. To view the competition schedule, visit www.athens2004.com.