Kim Rhode has competed in four Olympic Games, winning metals in all four, two of them gold. She's a six-time national champion and while shooting is her sport, she has many other hobbies. Chuck Henry reports from Redlands for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 27, 2012.
Rhode also equaled a World Record during the competition with 99 out of 100 targets hit. The mark is a new Olympic record.
Rhode won a gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 at the age of 17. Four years later, she won a bronze in Sydney, then another gold in Athens, followed by a silver in Beijing. She became the first American to medal in five consecutive Olympics in an individual event with Sunday's gold.
China's Wei Ning earned silver with 91 out of 100 targets. Slovakia's Bartekova Danka won bronze. with 90 out of 100 targets.
The skeet competition involves participants shooting from eight different stations. The series is repeated once in the finals as clay targets are released from a high house and low house. Shooters call for the targets, which are fired after a slight delay.
The crowd reacted with applause and cheers to recognize Rhode's historic moment after she hit her final target. Rhode wiped away tears as she stepped onto the podium during the medal ceremony.
Before the finals, cloudy skies threatened rain as the shooters waited for the competition to begin.
"Just moments away from going out to the final and they brought us umbrellas," Rhode tweeted. "We were all laughing -- don't open them up inside."