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Olympians react after Seahawks claim Super Bowl XLVIII

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As we mentioned earlier today, Team USA athletes were keen on seeing tonight’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

We figure now’s a good time to see how some of them are reacting after the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

We’ll start off with short-track star J.R. Celski, a native of the Seattle region that fired off this tweet during the Hawks’ demolition of Peyton Manning and Co. We’re thinking he’s pleased.

And as it turns out, pairs figure skater Alex Shibutani was thinking the same thing…

Also enjoying tonight’s outcome was halfpipe skier and Bellingham, Washington native Angeli VanLaanen.

But as you’d imagine, reactions were much different from Olympians cheering for the Orange and Blue.

Skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender apparently had bad flashbacks to the Broncos’ 55-10 loss in Super Bowl XXIV to the San Francisco 49ers…

Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who is not competing at Sochi due to injury but has joined NBC as an Olympics correspondent, wasn’t very happy either.

Then there was Canadian snowboarder and gold medal contender Mark Morris, who had another thought on his mind upon waking up in Sochi.

For the record, Seattle coach Pete Carroll wound up getting two Gatorade baths – one of which, ironically, was done with Orange Gatorade.

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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

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

Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher
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Before representing their country in Sochi, lots of Team USA athletes will take time out from last-minute preparations (or get them out of the way beforehand) to watch tonight’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

As you’d figure considering that the U.S. Olympic Training Center is a little more than an hour south of Denver in Colorado Springs, Colorado, there’s a healthy group of Colorado Olympians on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team – 19 in all.

Two of them are the Fletcher brothers, Bryan and Taylor (pictured), who will be competing in the Nordic combined event that gets started Feb. 12.

The Steamboat Springs natives are massive Broncos fans and both of them have packed Broncos gear for their trip to Sochi – and, naturally, both of them think Denver will be victorious.

“I will have my Champ Bailey jersey, old-school Broncos hat and Broncos beanie,” Taylor said to TeamUSA.org. “If things are going well, the jersey will be taken off and put on the couch and the baseball cap comes on! I don’t believe I am superstitious.”

Bryan said that he’ll have a “lucky Mile High Salute t-shirt” to wear as he watches the game while traveling in the early morning hours “because jet lag will probably kick in.”

As for the eight-person Washington Olympian contingent, short track skater and ‘Hawks fan J.R. Celski (a native of nearby Federal Way, Wash.) is likely more than ready to cheer his team on.

Celski received perhaps the biggest honor a Seattle football fan can have in 2010, when he was chosen to raise the 12th Man flag before a game at the noise factory that is CenturyLink Field.

Perhaps he’ll be watching the Super Bowl with eight-time Olympic medalist and NBC Olympics’ own Apolo Anton Ohno, who was born in Federal Way.

“We will be watching the game at the hotel or IBC (International Broadcast Center) or maybe in the mountains via streaming content on my iPad :-),” Ohno said in the same TeamUSA.org piece. “Excited for the big game! Have friends who play on the Broncos and obviously my team is the Seahawks.”

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