USA FIRST TO CLAIM GOLD AT THE RIO OLYMPICS
First goal of the Rio Olympics went to United States' Shooter Ginny Thrasher.
The 19 year old, was the youngest of the finalist in the women's 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning. The NCAA champion at West Virginia competed in her first Olympics where gold became a reality to the 5 year seasoned shooter.
"I think I knew it was realistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that," she said. "I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, and that got me there."
Thrasher admired she always want to be a figure skater but she just wasn't good at it. After going on a hunting trip with her father and grandfather, it was clear that she had a talent. She exhibited precision by shooting her first buck without training. It was then she fell in love with the sport.
Thrasher 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.
Congratulations to Jinny Thrasher!