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American Cogdell wins bronze in women’s trap shooting

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The United States has now won two medals in the shooting competitions at the Rio Olympics, with Corey Cogdell winning the bronze medal match in women’s trap shooting.

Cogdell, who joins 10 meter rifle gold medalist Virginia Thrasher as Americans to have earned a spot on the medal stand this weekend, beat Spain’s Fatima Galvez to win her second Olympic bronze medal. Cogdell also won bronze in this event in 2008 in Beijing. Cogdell also became the second American to earn two Olympic medals in shooting, with Kim Rhode being the first.

Winning the gold medal in the women’s trap competition was Australia’s Catherine Skinner, who beat Natalie Rooney of New Zealand in the gold medal match. After shooting 14-for-15 in the semifinal round Skinner shot 12-for-15 in the final to win gold. Rooney, who has never finished in the top five of a World Championships competition, won New Zealand’s first shooting medal since 1968 and the nation’s first-ever silver medal in shooting.

All three gold medalists in the women’s shooting competitions thus far have been Olympic debutantes, Skinner, Thrasher and China’s Zhang Mengxue.

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