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5 Olympic Women Judged by Their Feats, Not Their Faces (Slideshow)

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Kim Rhode

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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4:31AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

they are all just great.

3:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

The title of the article said it all.

1:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Every female athlete needs more credit for their achievements and not for the way they look.

12:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks.

8:07AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

They are often young and pretty, but the Olympics aren't a beauty contest!

7:54AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

They work hard to look great so why not notice it

6:10AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks

12:29AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:48PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

This happens because there are athletes who perform in the "glamour world" too, like Beckham, Sharapova, others date celebrities, for instance Pique (soccer player) dates Shakira, and so on. Definetely journalists are used to make comments about this sort of athlete and forget that the average athlete is a normal person. They forget that each sport develops a different type of body. There wont be many Sharapovas, so please talk about sport and forget looks.

8:31PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

It isn't about how they look but how they perform. How sexist. If it were a man it wouldn't be mentioned.

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