U.S. Olympic shooting medalist to watch fiance play in Super Bowl

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Two-time U.S. Olympic trapshooter Corey Cogdell (pictured, from 2012) can certainly empathize with her fiance when it comes to performing in front of the world.

That’s because Cogdell, who claimed the women’s trap bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is engaged to Denver Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, who along with the rest of the Broncos is currently preparing for the kickoff to Super Bowl XLVIII in just a few hours.

As you’d imagine, Cogdell is a wholehearted supporter of her husband-to-be (the two will be married early this summer). In a recent piece from USA Shooting, the Alaska native says that she lives a lot of Unrein’s own excitement through her own sport.

“I feel like every week, I’m going out there and I’m pulling for him and his team just like I would be for any of my teammates on Team USA,” she said about Unrein and the Broncos in the piece. “This season has just been really exciting and full of a lot of ups and downs through injuries, and the health of our [head coach John Fox]. I’ve seen this team really fight through a lot of adversity.

“To see them where they are now and to see Mitch playing in the Super Bowl, it’s the same type of feeling and energy I had when I found out I had made the Olympic Team.”

Cogdell will be in attendance tonight at MetLife Stadium, where the AFC Champion Broncos will take on the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. One assumes she will be on pins and needles throughout the contest, hoping that her fiancee can become a Super Bowl Champion.

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The Broncos’ Mitch Unrein (96) corrals the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray in October. Credit: Getty Images.

“It just gives me such a sense of pride to see Mitch run out onto the field and experience that excitement from him,” she adds. “It’s a just such an intense rush of emotions every week with the highs and lows of the game and I’ve probably cried at five games this year as a result of Mitch’s success and the team’s success.

“I just know how much of a life-changing experience the Olympics have been for me and I know how much of a life-changing experience this will be for him.”

U.S. Olympians keeping eye on tonight’s Big Game

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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