At the 2012 London Olympics, Kim Rhode became the first U.S. athlete to win an individual medal in five consecutive Olympics.
If Rhode medals in Rio, she would become the first Summer Olympian to win an individual medal in six-straight Olympics. This feat has only been accomplished by Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler.
Some athletes may try to avoid thinking about the streak, Rhode welcomes it.
“It’s something you can’t really escape when you are out there competing,” Rhode said. “You have to be willing to accept all the things that come your way and that’s definitely one of them.”
Rhode believes she has benefitted from the demeanor she possesses. “You kind of got to let the chips lay where they may,” she added. “I think that’s one of the things I’ve been very good at in the Olympics and why I am so calm. I know there is nothing I could have done more for that moment and it’s going to be what it’s going to be.”
Ultimately, it comes down to the trust that Rhode has in herself and her abilities.
“I have to have faith and just put it out there and see what happens,” she said. “I think for me that’s one of the biggest reasons it doesn’t really bother me all that much one way or the other.”
Being surrounded by top athletes and medal winners may keep Rhode focused on the task at hand and less on the streak.
“When you are at the Olympics you are with the best of the best,” Rhode stated. “You are surrounded by other athletes, you may be sitting at a table with three other athletes that have won medals…it’s normal you know?”
For Rhode, the feeling of being a champion hits her hardest when she gets home.
“It doesn’t really hit you until your home, you go back and you see the impact that it has on other people when you are giving a speech or when you are coaching or trying to help somebody else, what it means to them and what it means to the United States,” Rhode said.
On August 12th, Kim Rhode will have the chance to bring a medal home for the sixth Olympics in a row as she competes in the skeet event.