For Distinguished Excellence in International Marksmanship
Shooter achieved distinction in 1995
Badge #: 388
Event: Skeet Shooting
Birthplace: Whittier, Calif.
Hometown: El Monte, Calif.
Current residence: El Monte, Calif.
Years on national team: 1992-2004, 2006
Olympic History: 2004 gold medalist in double trap and fifth place in skeet. 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in double trap. 1996 Olympic gold medalist in double trap.
Recent Highlights: Taking time off after her success in the 2004 Olympic Games, Rhode returned in 2006 with a new focus: skeet shooting. At the 2006 USA Shooting National Championships she took home the bronze in the event and earned her place on the U.S. National Team in skeet shooting. The competition marked her return to competition for the first time since Athens 2004.
Past Results: 2004 National Champion in women’s double trap. Finished first at the Final Olympic Team Trials in women’s double trap; Gold medalist at the 2003 Pan Am Games. 2003 women’s double trap national champion. Member of the 2003 World Clay Target team. 2003 gold medallist in double trap at the Perth World Cup. 1st in double trap at the 2002 Fall Selection Match. Team silver in double trap at the 2002 World Championships. 5th individual in double trap at the 2002 World Championships. 2002 Double trap National Champion and silver medalist in skeet. Member of 2001 World Clay Target Championships team. 2000 Cairo World Cup gold medalist. Bronze at 2000 Lonato World Cup. Gold medalist in 2000 National Championships. 1999 Pan Am Games gold. 1998 gold at Cairo and Italy World Cups. Silver at 1998 Barcelona World Championships. 1998 gold and Olympic country quota slot at Cairo World Cup. Gold medal at 1997 Seoul World Cup. Gold medalist at 1997 Nationals, setting a national record of 116 of 120 and 118 of 120. Gold medal at 1996 Lonato (Italy) World Cup. Bronze medalist at 1995 Seoul World Cup. Gold medal at 1995 National Championships and at 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival. Bronze medalist in skeet, 4th place in double trap at 1994 Nationals. Three-time USA Shooting's female athlete of the year
Personal: Kim got her competitive start in American skeet. After winning the championship at age 13, she became captain of the All American team at 14. She enjoys public speaking, giving shooting demonstrations, skiing and hunting, and is an avid builder and restorer of cars. She is a member of the Safari Club International, and is a recipient of her hometown's prestigious "El Monte Title." She is currently studying to become a veterinarian.