Ginny Thrasher is the first American to win a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She won her medal in the shooting event.
Thrasher competes for the West Virginia University Mountaineers.
Rio Olympics Gold Medal
USA Today: “Shooter Ginny Thrasher won the USA’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.
Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.
Yi Siling of China took bronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.”
Washington Post: “Ginny Thrasher once dreamed of being an Olympic figure skater. While she glided up and down the ice at Fairfax Ice Arena, Thrasher thought about one day representing the United States on one of the world’s biggest stages. But when ninth grade came around, Thrasher realized her route to a gold medal probably wasn’t in skating.”
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Ginny Thrasher Video
VIDEO: Ginny Thrasher at the 2016 NCAA Shooting Championships