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Kim Rhode still a sure shot

July 14, 2009 |  8:32 pm

Kim Kim Rhode of El Monte, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in double-trap shooting who turned to skeet shooting after her event was eliminated and won silver at the Beijing Games, won her third U.S. women's skeet title Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rhode, who nearly lost her prized shotgun after it was stolen from her car, compiled a score of 267 out of 275 targets to overtake Haley Dunn on the second day of competition. On Tuesday, Rhode posted a perfect 25/25, a 22/25 and finished with a perfect 25/25 to win by four targets.

The victory is significant because it puts her in good position for -- yes -- the 2012 Olympic team. If she makes the U.S. team for the London Games she'd be vying for an individual medal in five straight Games: she won gold in 1996, bronze in 2000, gold again in 2004 and silver in 2008.

The day became a double celebration for Rhode, who received an award for being voted Female Shooter of the Year for 2008.

For more on Rhode's feats, check out USA Shooting's website.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Kim Rhode poses at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall on July 14, 2008. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times