USA –-(Ammoland.com)- On April 4, 2016, Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher, 19, of Springfield, Va., secured her seat to Rio during the Olympic Selection Match at Fort Benning, Ga. – clinching a Team USA spot with a score of 586/600 in the match. She will be representing the United States on the women’s three-position rifle team in August at the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil.
“It’s been quite the experience, learning the path for qualifying for the Olympics – because I knew absolutely nothing about it,” she said with a laugh.
Though her extraordinary accomplishment is a celebrated time in her life story, she has also marked a notable moment in the story of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as well. Ginny will be the first CMP Summer Camp alum to have ever made it to the Olympic team.
“We have had a couple of counselors go to the Olympics, but no one who actually received training as a junior in the camp program,” said Sommer Wood, Summer Camp director. “This is a pretty exciting event for us, and it has been a goal for …Read the Rest