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Kim Rhode is not your typical Olympian

Updated: May 10, 2012, 9:39 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

We tend to picture our most distinguished Olympians as residents of Valhalla, a little aloof, not entirely earth-bound.

Yet the woman who could become one of the most decorated U.S. athletes in history this summer lives in Monrovia, Calif., and has an outgoing, relentlessly sunny personality. She makes her own fresh pasta. She can build a car from the ground up. She collects antique children's books. Her mom keeps her schedule and her dad is her coach. Her name is Kim Rhode and her blog ...

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