Shooting: American Rhode wins record sixth medal in six Games

Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:25pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - American shooter Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women's skeet shooting on Friday, an honor that put her in an elite record-holding group of just five other athletes who have won a medal in six different Olympic Games.

The Californian and three-time shooting gold medalist also became the first sportswoman in history to win medals in six consecutive Games.

"When I started the Olympics I was 16 in 1996, I am 37 now and a mom, and who would have thought? It's been an incredible journey," said Rhode after her sixth trip to an Olympic podium.

And she may not stop at six. Regardless of her health challenges, Rhode vowed to be back for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and if her hometown of Los Angeles wins the bid to host in 2024, she said she would have to compete there too.

"I do love the pressure, I do love the competition, but I think that just standing up there on the podium, it's addicting," she said.

Despite all the cheer, she came perilously close to falling short of the sixth medal in tough conditions at the Olympic Shooting Centre in the hills outside Rio de Janeiro.

After a tense shoot-off for the bronze with China's Wei Meng, Rhode was overcome with emotion, as her husband and young son shouted from the stands.

"It doesn't matter if it's gold, silver or bronze, it's the journey," said Rhode. "My journey this time was very, very challenging. As you can see, I got emotional."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Shooting - Victory Ceremony - Women's Skeet Victory Ceremony - Olympic Shooting Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Kimberly Rhode (USA) of USA poses with her bronze medal.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido