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First Gold of Rio Olympics Awarded to Female American Shooter

The Rio Olympics are underway and the first gold medal went to a hunter! 

NCAA champion and shooting sensation Virginia (Ginny) Thrasher has just won gold at the Rio Olympics. Coming into the 10 meter air rifle event, she was not favored to win, but upsets happen and now she has some new hardware to take back to West Virginia.

“I think I knew it was realistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that,” she said in an interview. “I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, and that got me there.”

Here she is below taking the gold against the highly favored competitor Du Li, of China.

In just her first appearance at the Olympics, almost the entire field Thrasher was up against were former medal winners. What just might be even more impressive about Thrasher’s gold is that she also set an olympic record for the highest point total with a score of 208. The silver medal winner scored 207.

Congrats Ginny from all the hunters, shooters, and outdoorsmen across the country! You sure made all of us proud!

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First Gold of Rio Olympics Awarded to Female American Shooter