RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil – A 19 year-old from Springfield Virginia was the first athlete to strike gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics when she came out on top in the 10 meter air rifle event.

A bullseye and a perfect score of 10.9  eventually placed her over Serbia’s Andrea Arsovic and China’s Siling Yi.

Thrasher is a competitor in the women’s 50-meter 3-position and 10-meter air rifle events.


2015 Virginia air rifle state champion, a gold medal at the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships and placing third at the 2014 Junior Olympics Championships in the women’s 50m smallbore are a few of her accomplishments that have led to her spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Earlier this year, Thrasher became the only freshman ever to sweep both NCAA individual air rifle titles giving West Virginia  its fourth-straight national title.

She also has more than 20 National Rifle Association and USA Shooting records.

A family deer hunting trip along with her grandfather during her eighth grade year inspired Thrasher to become involved in shooting sports. Thrasher graduated from West Springfield High in 2015 as a member of the National Honor Society. She is now a sophomore at West Virginia University studying engineering.

She is the daughter of Roger and Valerie Thrasher.