American Kim Rhode recently won gold at the 2012 Olympics in women’s double trap skeet shooting. For those of us who are not rabid shooting fans, here’s how double trap works. Shooters stand roughly 50-60 feet from where two targets are simultaneously shot out into the air at different angles, traveling 65 miles an hour–kind of like a real-life game of Duck Hunt. Each shooter has one chance to blast the 4-inch wide targets to smithereens. Not only did Rhode make this look easy by hitting 99 out of 100 targets, but she also tied the world record and set a new Olympic record.
According to a recent New York Times article, Rhode shoots off between 500-1000 rounds during daily practices and has shot over 3 million targets since she first began skeet shooting at age 10. She’s also the first American to earn individual medals in 5 consecutive Olympics. In additional to this year’s gold, she also won gold in 1996, bronze in Sydney, gold in Athens, and silver in Beijing–with no plans of quitting any time soon.
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