Virginia Thrasher

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Virginia Thrasher
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Virginia Thrasher at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 22)
Rome, New York[1]
ResidenceSpringfield, Virginia
EducationWest Virginia University
Height5 ft 1 in (155 cm)[2]
Weight119 lb (54 kg)[2]
Country United States
University teamWest Virginia Mountaineers
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking

Virginia Thrasher (born February 28, 1997) is an American sports shooter[4] who won a gold medal in the women's 10 meter air rifle at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She won the first gold medal awarded at the 2016 Olympics.[2][5][6]

Thrasher's gold medal came during the first time she had competed in the Olympics, beating two Chinese athletes, previous Olympic gold medalists Du Li and Yi Siling.[5]

Before the 2016 Olympics, Thrasher wanted to be a figure skater. She has said she was never any good and by her freshman year of high school, she realized she had no future in it. She switched sports in 2011 after going hunting with her grandfather.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sign at the Saratoga Giant in Springfield congratulating Thrasher on her victory

Thrasher grew up in Springfield, Virginia, and graduated from West Springfield High School in 2015. She is the daughter of Roger and Valerie Thrasher and has two brothers. As of August 2016, she is a sophomore at West Virginia University, where she is majoring in biomedical engineering.[8][9][10]

2016 Rio Olympics[edit]

10m Air Rifle[edit]

Thrasher received the first gold medal awarded at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She qualified 6th in the first round of the women's 10m air rifle competition with a score of 416.3. She went on to win the final of that event with an Olympic Record score of 208.0, one point ahead of silver medalist Du Li of China.

50m Air Rifle Three Positions[edit]

Thrasher missed the finals of the 50m rifle three positions by one point, finishing with a score of 581.


  1. ^ "First Olympic gold medal in Rio goes to shooter born in Rome". Rome Sentinel. August 6, 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Virginia Thrasher". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on September 22, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Virginia Thrasher wins first gold medal of Rio Olympics for USA in 10m air rifle". Guardian sport. The Guardian. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "ISSF Athlete Profile". ISSF. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Rio 2016 / USA's Virginia Thrasher wins first gold of Rio Olympics".
  6. ^ "Virginia Thrasher wins first gold of Rio Olympics". The Times of India. August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ginny Thrasher: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". August 6, 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Shooter Virginia Thrasher wins first U.S. gold at Rio Olympics". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  9. ^ "Rifle - WVU Athletics". Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Writer, by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff. "Local shooters take aim at winning Olympic medals". Retrieved August 6, 2016.

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