When 19-year-old Ginny Thrasher first picked up a rifle five years ago, she just wanted to go deer hunting with her grandfather. But on Saturday, Thrasher shot her way to the first American gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games.
— USA Shooting (@USAShooting) August 6, 2016
She won her gold in the women’s 10 meter air-rifle finals, one of the most precise sports in the Olympic games, upsetting the top-ranked Andrea Arsovic (Serbia) and defending champion Siling Yi (China). In the final, she knocked out 2-time gold medalist (2004, 2008) Li Du (China).
American Ginny Thrasher wins the first gold medal of the Olympics in women's 10m air rifle. Upset, neither AP nor SI picked her to medal.
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) August 6, 2016
And while many were quick to congratulate the Virginia native — like Republican Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska):
American women know how to handle their weapons.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) August 6, 2016
And 2nd Amendment advocate and radio host Dana Loesch:
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2016
And some noted just how perfect her name was:
— Delmarva Now (@MyDelmarvaNow) August 6, 2016
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) August 6, 2016
With a name like Ginny Thrasher, no wonder she's damn good at shooting #Olympics
— Gabriel William May (@BurningLeoUK) August 6, 2016
But then the haters started in:
make sense the usa's first gold is gun related
— Johnny Wack (@JohnnyWack1) August 6, 2016
Thrasher, whose final score of 208.0 set an Olympic record, spoke out about how the gun-control debate has put a strain on her sport: “Some of the controversial gun laws in America are just distracting from our sport, which is very different. I try to focus on the competition.”