Legendary shooting sports champion Kim Rhode has won her 21st International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Gold, besting a field of 200 of the world’s greatest skeet shooters at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to the impressive string of wins at ISSF events, she is a veteran Olympian—medaling in an unbelievable record six consecutive Olympic games.
The gold medal was Rhode’s third ISSF World Cup Gold medal of the 2018 season; she also won gold at ISSF competitions held in Mexico and South Korea earlier this year. Rhode won her second consecutive, and third overall, ISSF World Cup Final in women’s skeet this past October in New Delhi, India.
Up next for the champ, who won her first World Championship at only 13, is the World Championship, which begins August 31 in Changwon, South Korea. She will also be striving for an unprecedented seventh consecutive Olympic medal when she competes in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Despite making Olympic history at the Rio games in 2016, Kim Rhode’s string of victories received little in the way of media attention.
The Southern California native, who participated in the Olympics for the first time when she was only 16, became the first woman to medal in six consecutive Summer Games—ever.
The lack of coverage can perhaps be traced to Rhode’s outspoken views on gun control, which don’t seem to sit well with mainstream audiences. The Olympian has said, “Unfortunately I think people have a hard time separating the fact that we are just a sport—that we teach responsibility, discipline, and focus, and we train really hard like all the other athletes.”
Even when Rhode and other top competition shooters do get some attention, the media usually want to talk about gun control with the athlete and not the incredible talent and discipline it takes to excel in such a competitive sport.