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Ginny Thrasher caught the world's attention after earning the first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

A whirlwind of interviews and attention followed, along with a bout of food poisoning for the trip home.

Now that she's back home, it's back to reality.

A biomedical engineering major at West Virginia University, Thrasher returned to classes on Wednesday and loved every second of it.

"That's why I was really excited to come back to college," she said. "This is my comfort zone. This is where I can get back to normalcy and routine."

Now that the Olympics are over, Thrasher has a new kind of normal.

The 19-year-old became an instant star when she earned the first gold medal of the Rio Games, in 10-meter rifle.

She returned to her home in Morgantown and found her college rifle teammmates there waiting, but couldn't enjoy the food they brought because of what she believes was bad pasta at the Rio de Janeiro airport.

Thrasher returned to school with new-found fame, from students on campus recognizing her to so many media requests she held a news conference on Wednesday to accommodate them all.

"I may not want the media around me all of the time, but that's par for the course," she said.

Her new course.