Rhode guns for medals - and children's books

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By Scott Malone

(Reuters) - Shotgun shooter Kim Rhode will be looking to extend her record as the only U.S. athlete to win medals at five consecutive Olympic Games in an individual sport when she arrives at next month's Rio Summer Games.

The 37-year-old Californian has a long history in the sport, having fired her first weapon at the age of 10 and won her first world championships three years later.

If she manages to extend her medal streak, which dates back to the 1996 Atlanta Games and includes three golds, a silver and a bronze, it will mean she's overcome a serious hip injury that resulted from her son Carter's birth three years ago.

"It was very difficult to come back from that," Rhode told reporters at the United States Olympic Committee's media summit. "I struggled very much on walking. I had some nerve damage."

Rhode said she still doesn't have the energy to train as much as she did before the injury. She now shoots about 700 rounds in her typical training session, down from 1,000 per day before her injury.

But her stamina has improved greatly from the first few months after Carter's birth, when she could manage just 200 rounds in a session.

"I'm not quite there, but I'm getting there," Rhode said.

Rhodes used a dominating performance at the U.S. Olympic team trials in May, finishing ahead of her closest competitor by 14 points, to secure her spot on the U.S. women's skeet shooting team for the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games.   Continued...

Shooting athlete Kim Rhode poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo