Monrovia Olympian and gold medal winner Kim Rhode will ride as grand marshal in the Pomona Christmas Parade, its organizers announced Wednesday.
Rhode, who took home the gold medal in skeet shooting last month to become the first American to medal in five straight Olympics, is a Cal Poly Pomona alum and the inspiration for the parade's theme: "A Golden Christmas."
"With more than one hundred entrants and 2,000 participants expected from all areas of the city, Pomona’s Christmas Parade truly embraces the community spirit of a precious golden Christmas," the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, which organizes the event, said in a prepared statement.
Rhode has kept busy since making Olympic history. She was honored by the city of Monrovia in a ceremony at Library Park when she returned home from London and spoke at the Republican National Convention earlier this month.
The Pomona Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. along Second Street in downtown Pomona.