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ON WINNING GOLD IN RIO In the 51 woman qualification round for the women's 10 meter air rifle event at this year's Olympics, Thrasher faced a challenging field at the Olympic Shooting Center-especially veteran competitive shooter Du Li of China, who was a gold medal winner at the 2004 and 2008 Games. Ginny was one of eight competitors to advance to the finals in women's 10 meter air rifle, finishing in sixth place. Shooting a bullseye for her first shot during the qualification round gave her a confidence-building score of 10.9. Thrasher was able to triumph over this year's silver medal winner Du Li in the finals by a full point-making her only the third U.S. shooter to win the women's 10 meter air rifle event at the Olympics, and the first since Nancy Napolski-Johnson won the gold in 2000. Olympic shooting events present difficulties that competitors can't prepare for until they are there. Ginny was able to maintain her PHOTO BY WVU ATHLETICS WVU Rifle Coach Jon Hammond holds the 2016 NCAA Championship trophy, along with Ginny, her gold medal and her rifle. PHOTO BY JOHN PARKER FEATURE | GINNY THRASHER Behind the scenes at Ginny's first media session after returning to the U.S. focus on the ultimate stage. "I think this competition is one where you can mentally outthink yourself, and that's the danger. For me, just being very focused during the match. I started out with some struggles, and I had to come off the line and my Olympic coach down there said, 'Ginny, all you can do is shoot the best you can.' I got back on the line, and that's what I did. I shot the best that I could. I had a very bad hold, but it didn't matter. Once I got into the final, I was very much focused on my breathing, and that was the point where all the training and all the discipline just came through for me. All I did was focus on my breathing and let my body do what it knew how to do." THE FUTURE Regarding her 2016 Olympic performance, WVU rifle coach Jon Hammond said: "The fact that Ginny's medal was the very first medal of the 2016 Games has brought an incredible response. The extra attention that brought I think 26 OCTOBER 2016 | SSUSA.ORG https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/4/08/ssusa-provides-first-look-at-olympic-shooting-center/ http://www.SSUSA.ORG

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