Kim Rhode becomes first U.S. Olympian on 5 continents

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Kim Rhode, the only American to win individual medals in five straight Olympics, is now the first American to qualify for Olympic teams on five different continents.

The 36-year-old shooter made the Rio Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tillar, Ark., on Friday, according to USA Shooting’s social media.

She won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games at age 17, bronze in Sydney, gold in Athens, silver in Beijing and gold in London.

For all of Rhode’s accomplishments, she is lacking at least one in the Olympic arena.

She’s never carried the U.S. flag at an Opening or Closing Ceremony, an honor usually bestowed on an athlete nominated by teammates in his or her sport and then voted over athletes in other sports.

“To my knowledge twice I’ve come in second in being able to carry that,” Rhode said last year, referencing missing out for the London 2012 Closing Ceremony to sprinter Bryshon Nellum, who made the Olympics after being shot in his legs in 2009. “It would be a huge honor, but at the same time it’s not really up to me.”

Rhode did carry the U.S. flag at the Pan American Games Opening Ceremony in Toronto on July 10.

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