Shooting Sports USA - March 2018 - 34
FEATURE | RHODE
PHOTO BY RALF MUELLER
Rhode on the podium with
USA Shooting teammates
Dania Vizzi and Caitlin Connor
at the 2017 ISSF Shotgun
success we had in 2017. With me, personally,
I didn't go out there to win them all, but
I knew I had a good chance at it with the
way I had been shooting. Even the way I'm
currently shooting has been going very
well in practice. I'm really, truly, only trying
to compete with myself to better my own
scores and at the end of the day, I'm just
letting the chips fall where they may and
luckily I've been walking away with medals."
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, but that's never been an option the
year following the Games for Rhode.
MARCH 2018 | SSUSA.ORG
"What offseason?" Rhode joked. "That's
one of my biggest things, I don't take a
lot of time off. I shoot through the winter.
Shooting is always there, I do it as much as
I can and I like keeping my chops up for the
With so many highlights to choose from,
Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic
champion Diana 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."
Kicking off 2018, Rhode hopes to continue
the success she saw in 2017.