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.”

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Gregorio Paltrinieri swims second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history

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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.

Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.

The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.

German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.

Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.

Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.

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Bianca Andreescu to miss U.S. Open

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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.

“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.

Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.

Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.

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