Interesting article in the San Bernardino Sun where they mention the lack of press attention Kim Rhode, despite the fact that she’s been setting all manner of Olympic records. It’s an interesting question to ponder whether it’s the media revulsion in regards to anything involving guns, or it’s just that not many people follow shooting. I tend to think it’s probably more the latter. The media has been willing to be a lot more fair to shooting as a sport these days, so it’s likely unfortunate the lack of media stories simply reflect the public’s lack of interest. Shooting really is a participatory sport. It’s fun to do. Even I find watching other people shoot is like watching paint dry. But that doesn’t seem to bother Kim:
“Ultimately, I don’t do it for anybody but myself and my country,” she said. “I’m happy with that and that’s all that matters.”
Spoken like a true shooter. Even if the media doesn’t care about shooting, we will still celebrate Kim’s accomplishment here. On a good day, when I’ve shot ATA trap at my club, I could do maybe 20 out of 25, doing 99 out of 100 in Olympic Skeet is something I can’t even fathom.