USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year Kim Rhode: ‘It’s a Great Honor and Very Humbling’

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posted on December 18, 2017
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USA Shooting recently announced that six-time Olympic medalist and NRA Board Member Kim Rhode is the 2017 Female Athlete of the Year. This year’s recipients were determined from a system where points were earned based on finishes at competitions throughout the year.

With a year that saw so many stellar performances from USA Shooting Team athletes, it took the near-Herculean task of winning two International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship and finishing off the year by winning the ISSF World Cup Final to earn Rhode (El Monte, CA) the coveted title of USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year.

“It’s a great honor and very humbling,” Rhode said of winning her fifth USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year title. Rhode also received the honor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. She was named 2016’s USA Shooting Female Shotgun Athlete of the Year.

Rhode’s greatest competition for the year’s top honors came from within her own discipline as Dania Vizzi (Odessa, FL) had a year more than worthy of earning Athlete of the Year accolades. Vizzi became World Champion in September by topping a world-class Finals field that featured two of the three most recent Olympic medalists including champion Diana Bascosi and Rhode. Success at the World Championships is nothing new to Vizzi, having now medaled in each of the last four World Championships. Vizzi also won the National Championships while also being a finalist at World Cup Larnaka, and ended her successful year with a bronze medal at World Cup Finals.

After becoming the first Summer Olympian to win six medals in six straight Olympic appearances following a bronze-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it would have been easy for Rhode to rest on her proverbial Olympic laurel wreath. However, that’s never been an option the year following the Games for Rhode.

“I haven’t deliberately taken any years off after the Olympics,” she said. “It is a lot easier to maintain my shooting at a certain level rather than having to build back up because I didn’t train.”

With so many highlights to choose from, when pressed, Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic champion Bacosi of Italy to win the World Cup Final topped them all.

“The World Cup Final is the crème de la crème of competitors and by invitation only. You have to be at the top of the game to be invited. To be competing with that talent and get into a shoot-off and go 22 straight in doubles, it doesn’t get much better.”

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