Kimberly Rhode

Beretta Skeet and Trap shooter



Hello everybody, my name is Kimberly Rhode and I’m an International skeet and bunker trap shooter. I started shooting competitively in American skeet in 1989. I train at Redland Shooting Park, Oak Tree Gun Club and Prado Olympic Shooting Park with my Beretta DT11 12 gauge.

I was born on 16th July 1979 in California and I’m an Olympic shooter. I look forward to teaching Carter, my son, everything about the outdoors, how much fun it is, and how to shoot.



As the youngest person to ever represent the U.S. on the Olympic Shooting Team and the youngest woman for any country in the world to make an Olympic Shooting Team, Kimberly Rhode started competitive shooting at the age of 10.  She is the youngest girl in the history of American skeet to break 100 straight at 12 years old and the youngest ever Ladies World Champion in American Skeet at age 13. In 1994 and 1995 she was co-captain of the Open Ladies All-American Skeet Team.

The most notable of her accomplishments are: 1996, 2004 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, 2008 Olympic Silver Medal, 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal, the Distinguished Shooter Medal from the U.S. Army, 1993 Ladies World Champion American Skeet, fourteen times Ladies National Champion, named one of the “Top Ten Sports Phenoms of 1996” by Time Magazine, 1997 and 2005 Victor Awards from the City of Hope, the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA, and Female Athlete of the Year for 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
She is the only American to ever medal in five consecutive Olympics in an individual sport and the only athlete to go to the Olympics and complete in all three shotgun events; International skeet, Bunker trap and double trap.

She was elected seven times USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year (1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 & 2009) and seven times USA Shotgun Female Athlete of the Year.
She was presented “1996-97 Shooting Industry Award” for popularizing the shooting sports with teenagers.
In 2000 she was asked to do a shooting demonstration for George W. Bush during the straw caucus for his constituents.
In August 2007 she was selected by the International Shooting Sport Federation “as one of the best athletes who ever participated in shooting competitions in Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups.”
On 21st March 2009 she married Michael Harryman, and on 13th May 2013 they become parents of a boy, Carter.
Kim was selected to be one of the top 20 in the first ever Olympic Heroes Series.

She holds several records in the Guinness Book of World Records, including the one for shooting clay targets upside down with a Benelli.
Kim was honored by composer John Williams, at the Hollywood Bowl by asking the crowd to stand and honor Kim Rhode, Olympic Gold Medal Shooter.
Snow skiing, scuba diving, fishing, hunting and cars are also passions that Kim enjoys when off the range. Kim was honored by the California Polytechnic University at Pomona, where she attends school, for “being a teacher of life experiences and a role model to all of us”. The school declared October 13, 2000 as Kim Rhode Day.

Kim has won hundreds of medals and awards for her accomplishments and contributions to the shooting sports (including 10 gold, 4 silvers and 6 bronze in World Cups; 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in World Championships; 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronzes in World Cup Finals; 1 gold and 1 bronze in Championship of Americans; 2 gold and 1 silver in Pan American Games).

  Gold Silver Bronze Final Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
SKEET London 2012  Beiging 2008   5° Athens 2004 Munich 2010   Belgrade 2011                                  
TRAP Athens 2004 Atlanta 1996   Sydney 2000     Barcelona 1998                                                                                                                            
SKEET         Rio     2016

72(14)  Rio 2016




What does she bring on the shooting range?

The Shotgun


The DT11 is Beretta’s top-of-the-line competition shotgun, used by the world’s absolute best clay shooters. It is built around a vault-tough cross-bolt action, a whole 3mm wider than its predecessor’s (the DT10) and therefore stronger and even more durable. DT11 Trident Beretta. Kimberly Rhode shots with Dt11 Beretta.

Gilet da tiro,

Tuta Uniform Pro,



Maglietta tecnica Beretta,





Which is your favorite gun?

My favorite shotgun is my Beretta DT11 and my favorite rifle is Sako.

Why do you prefer to use that gun in particular?

Because of the amount of shotgun shooting (practice) I do, I really like the Beretta DT11. I have noticed the remarkable reduction in recoil and it has been very reliable.
The Sako rifles are very accurate and perfect for someone like me to handle in the field. I shoot a 22.250 for small game and varmints. It works excellent. I shoot a 7 mm mag for mid-size game; deer, antelope, plains game. I like both the 22.250 and 7mm mag because they are very flat shooting. For big game and dangerous game I use a 375 H&H. When shooting at game it has excellent knock down power but still comfortable for someone of my stature. These three calibers work well for me.

Which is your favorite shooter?

Lori Desatoff is an amazing shot and when I was a beginner, she coached me in doubles shooting for American skeet. John Shima, a world champion American skeet shooter, is also a great shot. I learned many of my practice techniques from John and really appreciated his advice. Also, the late Wayne Mayes was one of my favorites. He won 42 World Championship titles in American skeet and was not only a great shooter but also a very nice man.

Who inspires you to practice shooting?

My father is my coach. He pushes me to do my best and is strict about practicing every day. We shoot in the wind, rain, and at different ranges.

Which is your most beautiful anecdote connected to the shooting sport?

Every year my family would go dove hunting in Yuma Arizona. One year, when I was seven years old, the Game Warden came through the field checking everyone’s license, guns, and birds. When he came to me he looked down and asked “Who shot your birds for you?” I told him, “I did.” “No”, he said, “no one will get in trouble, who shot your birds for you?” I told him, “I did.” He started to argue with me, when my dad hollered “over you”. I raised my gun and shot two shots bring down two doves and completing my limit. The Game Warden just looked at me and said, “Have a nice day”.

Which is your favorite shooting range and why?

I shoot at several ranges in the Southern California area. This helps me to adapt to the different backgrounds and targets. It is part of my training regiment.

How old were you when you started shooting?

I was 10 years old when I started shooting competitively. I started shooting with my dad’s 22 rifle that he used when he was a kid. My family went on a safari to Africa hunting when I was 10 years old. My dad told the Professional Hunter that he wanted me to hunt also, but the Professional Hunter did not think that was a good idea. He took a paper plate and told the tracker to put it out in the field at about 100 yards. My dad put a black dot about the size of a quarter in the center of the white plate. The Professional Hunter told me to shoot and hit the plate. I fired five shots but the Professional Hunter, looking through his binoculars, could not see where I hit the plate. The tracker retrieved the plate and I had put all 5 shots through the black dot. The Professional Hunter told me I could hunt “anything I wanted!” I took five animals including a very nice Kudu.

What are your plans and goals for the future?

My plans are about winning a Gold Medal in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games.

What is your advice for someone who uses you as an inspiration?

My advice is to keep it fun, don’t taking it too seriously.


Pictures & Video



Olympic Games Rio 2016, thanks Kim!