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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 04:56 PM

Rio Olympics Today: The First Gold Medal Goes to ..American Shooter Virginia Thrasher

Source: NY Times

We already have a gold medalist, and it’s a 19-year-old West Virginia University sophomore, Virginia Thrasher.

With two shots to go in the women’s air rifle event, Thrasher, who is known as Ginny, led by 0.7 points. She coolly squeezed off shots of 10.5 and 10.4 to take gold. Two Chinese shooters, Du Li and favored Yi Siling won silver and bronze. Another American, Sarah Scherer was eighth.

Thrasher has only been shooting for five years, after she asked her father to take her deer hunting. She was N.C.A.A. champion as a freshman and surprisingly qualified for the U.S. team at the Olympic Trials. “For me, it has been a whirlwind of a summer,” she said. She will also compete in the 50-meter rifle, three positions, next Saturday, then head back to W.V.U.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/06/sports/olympics/rio-games-schedule.html?_r=0

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Reply Rio Olympics Today: The First Gold Medal Goes to ..American Shooter Virginia Thrasher (Original post)
Calista241 Aug 2016 OP
scscholar Aug 2016 #1
Ex Lurker Aug 2016 #2
bluestateguy Aug 2016 #3
Travis_0004 Aug 2016 #5
scscholar Aug 2016 #6
Travis_0004 Aug 2016 #7
NWCorona Aug 2016 #20
bluedigger Aug 2016 #8
EL34x4 Aug 2016 #10
Skittles Aug 2016 #16
EL34x4 Aug 2016 #11
GulfCoast66 Aug 2016 #14
NWCorona Aug 2016 #21
onehandle Aug 2016 #4
quickesst Aug 2016 #9
glennward Aug 2016 #12
Blandocyte Aug 2016 #13
madokie Aug 2016 #15
Vinca Aug 2016 #17
Paladin Aug 2016 #18
marble falls Aug 2016 #19
dembotoz Aug 2016 #22

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:01 PM

1. It's sad that something promoting violence...

 

is still allowed in the Olympics.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:02 PM

2. It's shooting BB's at paper targets NT

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:02 PM

3. sigh

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:03 PM

5. I'm going to go out on a limb and say she has probably never shot anybody in her life

 

She has however spent most of her life training in a sport, and at least today, was the best.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:09 PM

6. Most gun owners haren't shot someone either...

 

but they are still responsible for the culture of death in this country.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:12 PM

7. I guess by that logic since I drink beer I'm responsible for those deaths as well?

 

Which by the way are 3x the number of gun deaths.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:58 AM

20. Bravo!

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:14 PM

8. She's spent barely a quarter of her life training for the sport.

But she's obviously a natural at it.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:42 PM

10. It would be even sadder

 

If anyone other than an American won a shooting event.

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Response to EL34x4 (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 04:38 AM

16. espeically when we are routinely beaten in hot dog eating contests

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:47 PM

11. Plenty of sports in the Olympics have a martial history.

 

Archery, boxing, fencing, judo, taekwondo, wrestling and whatever sport you throw a javelin in.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:20 PM

14. having such a sad

When an American wins the first gold medal of the Olympics is a great way to win friends and influence people.

Now lets pray than we do not win medals in archery, javelin, wrestling, boxing and all those kung-fu type sports.


While I am a proponent of much stricter gun control, being sad that an American won the BB gun competition is extremely counter productive.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 09:00 AM

21. Lol

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:03 PM

4. Guns in competition are fine with me. Guns in Starbucks, not so much. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 05:27 PM

9. and it's really sad...

.... that some people can't differentiate between the two.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:02 PM

12. Congratulations, Ginny! You made history. nt

 

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 10:20 PM

13. Another good guy with a gun

until she's a bad guy

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Response to Blandocyte (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 01:44 AM

15. I've yet to hear of a bad guy/gal with a pellet gun

The only guns I own are two pellet guns, a crossman 2240 co2 pellet pistol and a sheridan 2260 co2 air rifle. I enjoy shooting them but you won't have to worry with me thinking I can do any damage with either as they simply don't have the fire power to do it. So I guess you could call me a good guy with a gun.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 07:21 AM

17. We can't get away from guns no matter how hard we try.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:14 AM

18. The shooting sports have a new goddess.

They were in serious need of one.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:21 AM

19. Why wouldn't an American win a shooting event??????

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 09:26 AM

22. good for her

the idea of women is sports is something that need constant support.

to have a gold medal as a sophomore in school is way cool

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