The first Olympic gold medalist of the 2016 games in Rio is a record-setting American girl with a gun – and the anti-gun crowd is already throwing a fit all over the internet.
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19-year-old Ginny Thrasher first picked up a rifle on a deer hunting trip five years ago with her father and her grandfather – now she’s a gold medalist.
The West Virginia University freshman won her gold in the women’s 10-meter air rifle finals – widely considered to be one of the most mentally challenging sports in the games due to the level of competition.
— USA Shooting (@USAShooting) August 6, 2016
Thrasher was not picked to even place by the Associated Press or Sports Illustrated, upsetting top ranked Andrea Arsovic of Serbia and defending Olympic champion Siling Yi of China. In the finals, the Virginia native took down the two-time gold medalist Li Du of China to bring the gold home to America.
Not only did Thrasher beat her competition – she set a new Olympic record with a score of 208.0 points!
The praise came quickly from many, including conservative radio host and 2nd Amendment firebrand Dana Loesch:
Thrasher also got a shout out from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, another outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment:
What most people were quick to comment on was just how awesome her name really is:
Virginia Thrasher might be my new crush because she has an awesome name and she's American and she can handle a gun. My three rules.
— ORB (@rhysbart) August 6, 2016
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun . . . is Ginny Thrasher with an air rifle!
— Joe Peta (@MagicRatSF) August 6, 2016
Of course, with the good comes the bad, with anti-gun activists mocking Thrasher’s record-setting accomplishment
Here’s footage of Thrasher being awesome!: