Kim Rhode Competes at Olympics

Kim Rhode Competes at Olympics
Kim Rhode

With her sights set on a fourth Olympic medal, Cal Poly Pomona alumna Kim Rhode will compete this week in women's skeet shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Rhode, an El Monte resident, makes her fourth trip to the Olympics but only her second time competing in Olympic skeet shooting. The qualifying round is at 6 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the final is scheduled for 12 a.m. PST on Thursday, Aug. 14.  

The 29-year-old won two gold medals in women's double trap in 1996 and 2004, as well as a bronze medal in 2000. Since the International Olympic Committee dropped the double trap event for women after the 2004 Athens Olympics, Rhode switched to skeet shooting.

In skeet shooting, competitors stand at designated stations and fire at clay targets. A referee must see one visible piece fall from the target for it to be a hit and to award a point to the shooter.

Rhode first competed in skeet shooting at the 2004 Olympics, finishing fifth. In 2007, she won that event at the World Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and placed sixth at the World Championships in Nicosia, Cypress. Earlier this year, she finished first in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, earning a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

For more information about Rhode, visit the Beijing Olympics web site and the NBC Olympics web site.