America’s Virginia Ginny Thrasher Wins Team USA’s First Gold

The first day of the Games got off to a good start for Team USA: America’s Virginia Thrasher won the first gold at Rio in the women’s 10-meter air rifle.

Thrasher, 19, beat Du Li of China in the final round with a total score of 208. Yi Siling, also of China, received the bronze.

A freshman at West Virginia University, Thrasher is a native of Springfield, Virginia. She’s ranked number 23 in the world.

This marks the first time the U.S. got the first gold of the Games since Sydney in 2000.

Watch Thrasher fire her winning shot at

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