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July 30th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

Kim Rhode on gun control, Olympic shooting: "The sport....is about responsibility, discipline, focus...that's really what we represent here"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Olympian Kim Rhode for an insightful and candid conversation that comes amidst remarkable achievement in her particular discipline, double trap and skeet shooting.

Joining Piers Morgan in London, on the heels of a world record-tying performance, the guest is asked to share her unique perspective on the recent shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO:

"As someone who's a professional marksman," begins Morgan, "what do you think about the whole debate that's raging again about gun control and so on?"

A five-time Olympic medal winner and six-time national champion, Rhode sees no comparison between her craft, and the movie theater massacre of July 20th:

"I think it's really sad, too, that the news gets those lines blurred between the news and the sport," says the 33-year-old. "Really, the sport of shooting is about responsibility, discipline, focus. And that's really what we represent here at the Olympics."

Having won her first world championship title at the age of 13, Rhode grew up around shooting, seeing it as an activity of virtue, and integrity: FULL POST

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July 30th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

Phelps on representing USA: "One of the greatest feelings in the world to just know that there are people at home...supporting you"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the man who's won more Olympic medals that any other – swimmer Michael Phelps.

A 17-time medal winner, Phelps now stands just one shy of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of 18. For the native of Baltimore, however, representing his country is the biggest victory of all:

"Being able to wear the stars and stripes and step up onto the block, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play," he tells Piers Morgan. "It's one of the greatest feelings in the world to just know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you."

Swimming now in his third Olympics, and having twice tied the record with eight medals of any type at a single games, the 27-year-old insists London represents his final competitive competition. But through all his success, all across the globe, Phelps still remains loyal to his roots: FULL POST

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July 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Michael Phelps on Michael Jordan: "He came out every single night on the court and did what he had to do...that's what champions do"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes one of the most-decorated Olympic athletes in history, 16-time medal winner Michael Phelps.

Joining Piers Morgan as he prepares for his third games, the 27-year-old swimming legend is asked to extend his thinking outside of the pool, as the host dives in with a deeper, and broader question:

"Who are your sporting idols?" Morgan asks the man so similarly described by others.

"Michael Jordan," responds Phelps, nearly as quickly as he executes one of his trademark flip turns. "He changed the sport of basketball in my eyes. On and off the court, the guy made basketball what it is. And, you know, what he did."

What the basketball Hall of Famer did, was rewrite the history of his craft, much in the same way Phelps is doing with his. A six-time NBA champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Jordan's overall talent was rivaled only by his overwhelming will to win, a trait not lost on the equally-competive Phelps: FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo; Colorado movie theater shooting suspect to return to court
July 30th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Need to Know News: Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo; Colorado movie theater shooting suspect to return to court

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For July 30, 2012 – Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo, Colorado movie theater shooting suspect to return to court, and Ryan Lochte wins maiden U.S. gold... FULL POST

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