Top stories to watch for in Rio Olympic shooting competition
Can Kim Rhode extend her Olympic medals streak?
Kim Rhode has won an individual Olympic medal at five straight Olympics, a feat that no other U.S. athlete has accomplished.
In Rio, she is defending her 2012 Olympic gold in women’s skeet as she looks to win her sixth Olympic medal. If she does so, Rhode would be the first summer Olympic athlete to win an individual medal at six straight Olympics. The only other athlete to do so is Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler.
Vincent Hancock goes for a three-peat in men’s skeet
At the 2012 London Olympics, Vincent Hancock became the first athlete to repeat as Olympic champion in men’s skeet. Four years later, the two-time Olympic gold medalist is still at the top of his game and the favorite to win gold.
Can Yang Haoran continue his dominance at the Olympics?
At just 20 years old, China’s Yang Haoran is the second ranked 10m air rifle shooter in the world with a long list of accomplishments. He has set eight junior world records and has won gold medals at the youth Asian Games and World Championships. In 2014, he won gold at the youth Olympics held in China. He is looking to have similar success at the Rio Olympics.
Can Sarah Scherer complete her improbable comeback with an Olympic medal?
Sarah Scherer has had a difficult four years since making her Olympic debut in London. The rifle shooter had two major back surgeries within nine months in 2014-15, which left her status in doubt for the Rio Olympics. Despite being sidelined for a large amount of time in the lead up to the 2016 Games, Scherer won the 10m air rifle event at U.S. Olympic Trials. She is competing in both the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle three positions events in Rio.
Which country will win the most shooting medals?
With 15 Olympic shooting events between male and female athletes, there are 45 shooting medals to be awarded at the 2016 Olympics. At the 2008 and 2012 Games, China was the most successful shooting nation, winning eight medals in Beijing and seven in London. The U.S. is among the busiest countries in shooting in Rio with 20 athletes making a total of 26 competition appearances.