Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher, 19-years-old, won the first gold medal of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She won the medal in the 10 meter air rifle shooting competition. Ginny graduated West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia.
After graduation, Ginny went to West Virginia University where she is majoring in Engineering. Ginny joined the most elite rifle shooting squad in the Nation. The Mountaineers of West Virginia have won 18 NCAA shooting championships.
Ginny, as a freshman at WVU won 5 medals for the Mountaineers at the 2015 USA National Shooting Championships. Thrasher collected 4 more medals and 3 national titles at the 2016 USA National Shooting Championships.
In a teleconference with WVUSports, Thrasher was asked what life has been like since winning the Gold medal and she offered the following:
For more details, along with video footage of Thrasher’s Olympic win, you can click on the links to the following youtube videos: