As freshman seasons go, Ginny Thrasher’s is going to be hard to top. Not only did the Virginia native lead West Virginia University to another national title, she won the NCAA air rifle and smallbore titles in the process. To top all that, she flew down to Rio and captured the women’s 10 m air rifle gold medal!
To win, she had to outlast two shooters from China, including the defending Olympic air rifle gold medalist.
At WVU, they teach rifle-team members to shoot “the center of the center of the center” of each target. Looks like Ms. Thrasher got the message.
The video, taken from the NBC Olympics feed, is by Geoff Coyle of WV Illustrated.