Before the opening ceremonies began Friday, Team USA had already won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. The medal wasn’t just Team USA’s first this year — it was the first gold awarded at this year’s summer games. It went to West Virginia University sophomore Ginny Thrasher, Teen Vogue reported Saturday.
19-year-old Thrasher is a member of WVU’s rifle team, for whom she won the NCAA’s air rifle title this March. She competed in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event. In a surprise upset, Thrasher set a record score. She also defeated 2004 Chinese gold medalist Du Li, who took silver in the event.
“After I finished shooting, I didn’t have a lot going through my mind other than overwhelming happiness,” Thrasher said. “Shooting is a great sport. It’s all about being able to control the mind in accordance with the body.”
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