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Olympics: Kim Rhode shoots her way into history. Now can we remember her?

Kim Rhode won gold in the women's skeet Sunday, becoming the first American to win a gold in an individual event at five straight Olympic Games. But that's not even the best part.


Gold medalist Kimberly Rhode of the US waves to the crowd at the victory ceremony for the women's skeet competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich in London Sunday.

Eddie Keogh/REUTERS

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Perhaps now, we will all have heard of Kim Rhode. 

She's certainly earned it. 

Before entering the London Olympics, it seemed that winning a medal in four consecutive Summer Games was not enough. So on Sunday, she went about trying to distract America from Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte by every means at her disposal. 

First, she set an Olympic record in the preliminary rounds of women's skeet by successfully shooting 74 of 75 targets. In the rain. Then she won the gold medal, making her the first American ever to win a medal in an individual event in five consecutive Olympic Games. What's more, she beat a Chinese woman in the final with another olympic record score, making her the first person to beat a Chinese athlete in an Olympic shooting event since 1886. (OK, maybe it just feels like that.)

And before she ever got to London? Her dog ate her plane ticket. That is not a joke.

Seriously, folks, what more do you want from her?

Wait, there's more. 

Those five consecutive medals? They're not in the same event because, after she had won two golds and a silver in the double trap (1996, 2000, 2004), the Olympics decided to can the event, perhaps just to add to her degree of difficulty. So Rhode simply won silver in the new event, skeet shooting, in Beijing. She followed that up with a gold Sunday in London. (There are rumors that Rio has also already given her a 2016 medal.)

Actually, while we're at it, let's just tell you her whole life's story, because it gets better.


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