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Is Monrovia's Olympian the Greatest Ever?

Kim Rhode of Monrovia became the first American to win individual medals in five straight Olympics when she took home the gold in skeet shooting Sunday. One columnist calls her the greatest American Olympian of all time.

Kim Rhode won a gold medal in 1996 and hasn't failed to medal in every Olympic Games since.

Rhode became the first American ever to win an individual medal in five consecutive Olympics when she , setting several other records in the process.

While American swimmer Michael Phelps' historic gold medal chase has garnered the most attention at the London Olympics, one columnist believes Rhode deserves to be recognized as the greatest American Olympian of all time.

AOL Fanhouse columnist David Whitley wrote Sunday that Rhode is "the greatest Olympian in U.S. history" and asserted that "there’s no doubt [she's] as gifted as Michael Phelps."

The only other athletes in the world to medal in five straight games were a Japanese judo competitor and three German Lugers, according to Whitley. Rhode surpassed Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Al Oerter, the only Americans to medal in four straight Olympics, the Huffington Post reports.

Do you think Rhode's achievement should rank as the best ever by an American in the Olympics?

Gayle M. Montgomery July 30, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Question: We keep saying she's a Monrovian, but she references El Monte. Did she grow up here and move there or what?
Tom Adams July 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM
She grew up in El Monte but owns her home here in Monrovia and has lived here for many years.
Joan Ochoa Sullivan July 31, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Thank you for this article. I did not know this! :-)

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