Eagle River’s 25-year-old Corey Cogdell, is headed to the summer Olympics in London. International trap shooter Cogdell won the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tuscon, Arizona by 10 shots, beating out four other women. She hit 47 out of 50 targets at morning trials on Sunday to take the lead into the final trial. Cogdell will be the only U.S. Olympic competitor in women’s international trapshooting at the Olympics this August.
Cogdell now lives and trains in Colorado, but she grew up in Alaska. Her proud father, Dick Cogdell, remembers her earliest attempt at hitting a target with a little Chipmunk rifle.
Dick Cogdell says his younger daughter Corey learned from observing her older sister’s shooting. Corey Cogdell now hits flying targets that travel 75-80 miles an hour, shooting out from ground level bunkers that throw the bird target from different angles and directions.
Cogdell beat the 100 degree heat in Tucson by relocating there three weeks before the Olympic trials and getting acclimated. She also prepared for windy conditions, which continued through the three-day event at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.
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