USA Olympic team member Kim Rhode is more than just a girl with a gun who has won a few matches. She is, in fact, a major role model in the shooting industry complete with a long list of accolades and plenty of hardware to prove it. Rhode is a world-class shooter, successful business woman, industry leader and genuine role model. According to Webster’s Dictionary the term role model means “a person whose behavior, example, or success is, or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.” Rhode is like the quiet girl next door who has simply taken her talent and built a rock solid reputation as one of the world’s finest representatives for the shooting sports.
A Shooting Star is Born
Kim’s childhood may have been similar to many other young girls, except Kim’s sport of choice was shooting. Someone realized her natural shooting ability at an early age and encouraged her to take up club shoots. “I tried the club shoots, than it was on to State shoots, than on to Nationals and pretty soon it was the Worlds and then the Olympics. It just kept growing and mushrooming into what it is today,” says Rhode.
Programs such as the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) youth programs and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) were very helpful in Kim’s climb to the top of the shooting world. Her road to the Olympics began at the tender age of 10 and she made her Olympic debut at 17 at the 1996 Atlanta games.
America’s Golden Girl
Kim has participated in a staggering five consecutive Olympic games. In addition to her assortment of Olympic medals Kim is, without dispute, the most decorated female shooter of all time. Titles such as the first American athlete to win five medals in an individual event in five consecutive Olympic Games, first woman to win three gold medals in Olympic shooting, USA Shooting “Female Shooter of the Year”, U.S. Army “Distinguished Shooter Medal” and “Academy of Excellence” award handed out by the shooting industry just to name a few. Plus, Rhode was also named by TIME Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Sports Phenoms” following her 1996 Olympic Gold winning performance.
Organizations such as the NRA and Safari Club International (SCI) have awarded Kim “Honorary Lifetime” memberships for her contributions to shooting and companies such as Perazzi, Winchester and Otis proudly call Kim their representative for this very reason.
There is more to Rhode than medals and awards or truckloads of broken clays. Making a positive impact on countless youngsters around the world through her volunteer work is what seems to give her the most satisfaction. Her soft spoken, home-grown values, along with her tireless work ethic and commitment to excellence, catapults her into a league all of her own. Rhode, who is very humble about her tremendous success, acknowledges the importance of promoting a positive image for young women, especially in the shooting world.
Call to Action
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Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics like archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.