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US Olympic shooters caught in political crossfire on guns
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After winning the gold in skeet shooting in London four years ago, her fifth Olympic medal, Kim Rhode expected to be asked about representing her country or her impressive Olympic record. Instead, she was asked about the movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., which had happened 10 days earlier.
Olympic swimmers aren’t asked about pool safety. Cyclists aren’t asked about helmet laws. But the sport of Olympic target-shooting is inextricably linked with the American debate over guns, and given the intensity of the discussion, there’s no way to avoid it. Because of that, Rhode, who has been winning medals regularly since Atlanta in 1996 but remains largely anonymous among U.S. Olympians, said there is a “stigmatism attached to the sport.”
|I had to sit thru a dreary basketball game, hoping to see women's archery, but no, no coverage there either.