2016 Olympic air rifle champion Ginny Thrasher is one of 18 amateur athletes selected as a semifinalist for the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) James E. Sullivan Awards.
And you can help!
Family, friends, fans and the shooting sports community can now come together to help try and move Thrasher to one of six AAU James E. Sullivan Awards Finalists. Olympic rifle legend Lones Wigger was an AAU Sullivan Award Finalist in 1982.
With just two clicks and no e-mail information to leave behind, you can vote daily now through Monday at https://aausullivan.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1
Known as the “Oscar” of sports awards and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. This honor places Thrasher among the best that amateur athletics has to offer, and her inclusion with this elite class of athletes, once again reiterates how truly special her year was in 2016.
Through process, Thrasher has reached unprecedented success. Her historic run began at the 2016 NCAA Rifle Championships where she became the first freshman rifle shooter ever to win both individual titles in air and smallbore while leading WVU to their fourth-straight, and 18th overall, NCAA team title.
Success didn’t end there for the 19-year-old, however. She went to Olympic Team Trials three weeks later and pulled out a decisive victory in the Three-Position event over a seasoned and talented field. She earned a nine-point win having never competed in the event internationally.
With a Finals performance for the ages, Thrasher won the first gold medal of the 2016 Olympic Games for Team USA. In winning the Women’s 10-meter Air Rifle event Saturday morning, the spotlight was glowing greater on the shooting sports and USA Shooting than any other time in history.
From NCAA Champion to Olympian, to Olympic gold medalist, it was quite a 2016 for …read more