SCI Supports Rhode, Cogdell at Olympic Games

Safari Club International is supporting two of the U.S.A.’s most successful women shooters, Kim Rhode and Corey Cogdell, during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Rhode and Cogdell will serve as international ambassadors representing SCI throughout their Olympic performances, among other competitions.

Kim Rhode

“By working with Safari Club International, the mission of conservation and advocacy become an important part of reaching out to people interested in my sport,” Rhode said. “As I head to the Olympic Games and other shooting competitions, we can get the message out to millions of people that Safari Club International is the leading organization in the fight to protect hunting and shooting.”

“I am excited to represent Safari Club International and their mission,” Cogdell said. “The traditions of hunting and shooting must be preserved. Without organizations like Safari Club International, future generations will not have the opportunities Kim and I have been fortunate to experience.”

Rhode is a life member of Safari Club International and supporter of the conservation and advocacy programs Safari Club International promotes. Rhode has won an Olympic medal in each of the last four Olympics Games, beginning in Atlanta in 1996 where she won her first gold medal. She is the most decorated shotgun shooter in history. With another medal opportunity at the London Games, she could become the first American athlete to win five medals in an individual sport in five consecutive Olympic Games. Rhode will compete in international skeet and bunker trap events. Having competed in double trap in previous Olympic Games, she will be the only woman in history to compete in all three shotgun events in the Olympic Games.

Cogdell is the only U.S. woman to ever win an Olympic medal in Women’s International Trap. She made the National Development Team in 2006 at Fall Selection when she placed first in the Junior Women’s Trap competition. She then captured the bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games. Cogdell earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team through the Olympic selection matches held in September 2007 and March 2008. In August of 2008, Cogdell won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

“We could not be happier than to have these two Olympians as representatives of Safari Club International,” said John Whipple, President of Safari Club International. “Their ability to promote the organization’s advocacy and hunting heritage programs to millions of people worldwide is truly a gift for Safari Club International. Every member will watch with pride as the two compete in London and at other competitions around the world wearing the Safari Club International logo.”

The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held in London July 26-Aug. 6 with the shooting sport competition to be held July 28 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.