The first Gold medal of the Rio Olympic games has just been won by United States.
Unfortunately, as fate would have it, one of the most high-profile wins of the games indirectly relates to one of the controversial parts of American life in recent months and years: guns.
Awarded to 19-year-old U.S. shooter Ginny (Virginia) Thrasher, the gold win came after the U.S. shooter beat out Chinese competitors Yi Siling and Du Li (who took the silver and bronze) in the Women’s 10-meter air rifle competition.
And while kicking off the games with gold is a great start for the US, a number of fans on social media couldn’t help but point out the grim irony given the country’s international reputation when it comes to gun ownership.
The first Gold Medal of 2016 Olympics is for the USA in a Rifle Shooting game. Just realised all those shootings have actually been practice
— Nuwaha..17™ (@Nuwaha17) August 6, 2016
— Bill Driscoll (@billdriscoll22) August 6, 2016
But social media snark aside, let’s not take anything away from this first gold of the games by a sharpshooting master with perhaps the coolest name of all Olympics athletes.
No matter what you think about the issue in terms of American laws, it’s an incredibly difficult skill to master, and Thrasher just did her country proud.