VIDEO: Update #American Shooter’s Gold

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — Unflap­pable Amer­i­can teenag­er Vir­ginia Thrash­er won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sat­ur­day, hold­ing her nerve against two Chi­nese Olympic cham­pi­ons to clinch the women’s 10m air rifle event.

American Shooter Virginia Thrasher wins first Olympic Gold of the 2016 Rio Games.

2016 Rio Olympics — Shoot­ing — Final — Women’s 10m Air Rifle Finals — Olympic Shoot­ing Cen­tre — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 06/08/2016. Vir­ginia Thrash­er (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee

The 19-year-old U.S. col­lege cham­pi­on edged out China’s Du Li, gold in Athens in 2004, with an Olympic-record score of 208 in the sport’s new finals for­mat. Defend­ing Olympic cham­pi­on Yi Sil­ing, also of Chi­na, took the bronze medal.

Com­pet­ing in her first Olympics, Thrash­er, as the first cham­pi­on of the 2016 Games, was award­ed her medal by Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) pres­i­dent Thomas Bach and said the achieve­ment was beyond her wildest dreams.

The youngest of the eight final­ists by sev­er­al years, Thrash­er estab­lished an ear­ly lead after bat­tling with the Russ­ian shoot­er Daria Vdov­ina, who stum­bled mid­way through the com­pe­ti­tion and fin­ished fifth.

About halfway through when I took the lead it kind of became clear to me that I was in con­tention for a medal, but I quick­ly pushed that thought away and focused on breath­ing and tak­ing one shot at a time,” Thrash­er said.

Thrash­er learned to love shoot­ing while hunt­ing deer with her grand­fa­ther when she was in eighth grade.

I got my first deer and I liked the adren­a­line of pulling the trig­ger,” she said.

She then joined her high school air rifle team and was recruit­ed by West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­si­ty, where she became a nation­al col­le­giate cham­pi­on as a fresh­man this year.

With her non-non­sense style, Thrash­er seemed unfazed by her sea­soned field and con­sis­tent­ly scored in the 10 points tar­get area over the 20 rounds.

After­wards, she not­ed that she had not attend­ed the Olympics’ open­ing cer­e­mo­ny Fri­day night and had instead gone to bed ear­ly for her Olympic debut.

Like all Amer­i­can shoot­ers, Thrash­er faced the inevitable ques­tion of what she thinks about gun con­trol in the Unit­ed States, a hot-but­ton issue in this elec­tion year.

She respond­ed mat­ter of fact­ly that the con­tro­ver­sy over guns in Amer­i­ca “real­ly is just dis­tract­ing from our sport, which is very dif­fer­ent.”

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