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“It’s been an overwhelming experience,” Rhode said. “Every emotion hits you at once.”

So did a slew of memories — some good, some not.

Rhode has dealt with her share of issues, like her gun being stolen after the Beijing Games (an anonymous donor provided a new one worth about $20,000, and police eventually recovered the now-retired first one) and a cancer scare. Others weren’t so daunting, like having her poodle eating her air ticket to London — “the dog likes paper,” said Sharon Rhode, the shooter’s mother — and having to scurry to replace her husband’s lost passport.

Everything worked out. And on Sunday, things couldn’t have worked out any better.

“Unbelievable, isn’t it,” said her father and coach, Richard Rhode.

Kim Rhode was 10 when she starting shooting competitively, and the sport is simply not cheap. Her parents — both shooters — supported the plan even if it meant major financial sacrifice along the way.

“We still owe on our house,” Richard Rhode said.

“We’ve refinanced it so many times,” chimed in Sharon Rhode.

“But what do you do when your child has a dream?” Richard Rhode continued. “I think people do that. They sacrifice for their kids. And we wouldn’t change a minute of it. All we can do, pardon the pun here, is bite the bullet.”

Shooting is essentially her full-time job. She’s trained seven days a week since January — even on the day she flew to the London Games — and plans to be back on the range Monday. The bill for shells and targets can reach $700 a day, some of which is covered by sponsors, and she’s still making enough cash to enjoy other things in life.

She’s collected thousands of children’s books, some rare first-editions. She’s trained in gourmet cooking. She has 14 classic cars, most on racks in a warehouse at the back of her parents’ property. She built a 1965 Shelby Cobra. A few days before the Olympics, she bought a 1928 Ford Model A four-seat convertible.

Is there anything she can’t do?

“I can play guitar better than her,” said Mike Harryman, Rhode’s oft-humbled husband. “I have to say that because everything else, she does better. I bowled a 186 once. I thought that was the best score ever, and she scored a 215. She’s even better at fishing.”

It’s almost like Rhode saw this coming.

As a kid, Rhode got invited to stay and work at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. And one day, athletes in residence were asked to write down everything they could not do.

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