Shooting: Finger on trigger, eye on legacy at Rio

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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Cementing legacy will be on the mind of a select group of Olympic shooters, including an American trio, when they arrive at next month's Rio de Janeiro Games with all guns blazing.

Californian shotgun shooter Kim Rhode, who boasts a collection of over 5,000 first-edition children's books, has a similar appetite for Olympic medals.

The 37-year-old has already established herself the most successful female shooter in Olympic history with three golds and five medals in total.

A serious hip injury has meant lighter training but Rhode is shrugging it off as she heads into her sixth Games.

"I'm not quite there, but I'm getting there," said Rhode, who won double trap golds at Atlanta (1996) and Athens (2004) and topped women's skeet in London four years ago.

Compatriot Vincent Hancock, winner of the men's skeet at the last two Games, will also hope to maintain his golden streak.

Hancock loves to win in style -- he set a new Olympic record at Beijing and bettered it at London -- and recent form favors the 27-year-old to complete a golden hat-trick at the Shooting Centre in the Olympic Deodoro complex.

"In the grand scheme of things, there is only one match that I look for every four years and it's the Olympics," Hancock told the International Shooting Sport Federation website.   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