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This Woman Won Team USA Its First Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics

This Woman Won Team USA Its First Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics

Not even 24 hours after the epic opening ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the United States already has secured its first gold medal — thanks to 19-year-old air-rifle shooter Ginny Thrasher. She also set a new Olympic record after securing a total of 208.0 in the final round.

The first-time Olympian beat out two former gold medalists: Du Li of China, who took silver today with 207.0 and was favored to win the event after taking gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Coming in third was Yi Siling, also of China, who had previously won gold in London's 2012 Games.

Thrasher, an NCAA champion at West Virginia, can now add a casual "gold-medal Olympian" to her résumé — and she has kicked Team USA off to a great start.

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