There was lots of hurt flying around liberal circles this weekend, after Virginia Thrasher a nineteen-year-old from Virginia, won the first Gold of the Olympics, in the 10 meter Air Rifle.
According to the Blaze, Miss Thrasher shot 10.5 on her first shot of the final elimination round and smiled after 10.4 on her second shot put her comfortably ahead of China’s Li Du. Thrasher had a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Du, a two-time gold medalist, by a point. China’s Siling Yu earned the bronze.
Now don’t ask me how they score either, Olympic shooting is a world unto itself, we all remember that General Patton lost in Stockholm because two of his rounds went through the same hole. But marksmanship is something we’ve always excelled at. Even us regular people, two of my uncles, a carpenter, and a farmer, once squared off to decide the champion between the North Dakota, and the Minnesota small bore champs. It’s what we do
But boy does that offend the looney left!
But, predictably, the gun haters freaked out. Because guns and teenagers.
LEAST SURPRISING BREAKING NEWS EVER: America’s 1st Olympic Gold Medal is for Shooting. #Thrasher
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 6, 2016
America’s first gold medal in the 2016 Olympics was won by a teenager for shooting. Because we now live inside @TheOnion.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) August 6, 2016
And not just celebrities with mouths and agendas.
If you think Ginny Thrasher was impressive in 10m Shooting, wait til you see how the American team dominates in Mass Shooting. #Olympics
— Brian Santa Maria (@briansantamaria) August 6, 2016
First medal won of the Olympics for the USA is for shooting a rifle. We are such a stereotype.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) August 6, 2016
More pitch-perfect symbolism: First U.S. gold medal at 2016 games is for…shooting things.https://t.co/KVDps4OGsF
— Billmon (@billmon1) August 6, 2016
First Gold medal for the US is in what?
— Free Person (@mr_wrightaway) August 6, 2016
By a woman named Virginia Thrasher.
Jokes write themselves. https://t.co/ESRS1yQo3V
— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) August 6, 2016
And yes, as is normal these days, they found a vociferous opposition. Nor was their denigration of her achievement unexpected. But no matter, obviously they have no conception of just how hard any competitive shooting is, let alone at this level.
Our friends over at The Victory Girls tell us.
A figure skater growing up, she switched sports five years ago after a hunting trip with her family. Thrasher killed a deer with her first shot of her first hunting trip and has continued to hit the mark wherever she’s gone.
Thrasher was not expected to be among the top five scorers — all that counts in NCAA competition — at shooting powerhouse West Virginia, yet got better as the season progressed. She became the first freshman to win both NCAA rifle titles and led the Mountaineers to the team championship.
Less than a month later, Thrasher won the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning a spot in Rio.
Congratulations to Miss Thrasher, I have some conception of the difficulty, and you are, indeed, a heroine, and a role model.