Kim Rhode, Other USA Shooters Dominate Pan American Games

Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode won gold in skeet at the Pan American Games. (Photo courtesy of USA Shooting)

Anyone who follows the shotgun sports knows who five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode is. What is remarkable is that she is still dominating women’s shotgunning. Well, only surprising if you haven’t had the fortune to meet or speak with her. I have and was overwhelmed by her positive, hardworking nature.

Last weekend Rhode won again. She successfully defended her Pan American Games gold medal from 2011 in record-setting fashion. During qualification Rhode, who is from El Monte, California, set a Pan American Games record and tied the world record of 74 our of 75 targets. In the semifinal, Rhode again set a new Pan American Games record when she shot a perfect 16 out of 16 targets. In the gold-medal match (against Melisa Gil of Argentina) Rhode only dropped one of the 16 targets to win gold.

“Like any athlete would tell you, we're always looking to get better and improve, but it was pretty smooth sailing," said Rhode.

Meanwhile, Michael McPhail won a silver medal in the Men's Prone Rifle at the Pan American Games. McPhail was 2011 Pan American Games champion and 2007 Pan Am Games silver medalist. He is from Darlington, Wisc., and shoots for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. He qualified for the Final in second place with a score of 625.0, just .9 points behind Cassio Rippel of Brazil. In the Final, McPhail wasn’t able to catch Rippel. Rippel went on to set a Pan American Games Finals record today of 207.7 and win the gold medal. McPhail took the silver with a score of 205.5.