Shooting Champions

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Alaska produces some of the world’s best shooters, and two of them join us on the next show. These are athletes with shotguns who can perform incredible feats of concentration, blasting clay targets out of the sky with consistency that no one else on Earth can match. In the first half of the show we’ll hear from Corey Cogdell-Unrein, who learned to shoot at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park, before heading off the Olympics three times, medaling twice, and recently becoming the second American woman in history to medal in the world cup of international trap shooting. In the second half, we have Air Force staff sergeant Andrew McNamara, who recently came from from Texas as the best in the world in his event, after a perfect round of hitting 100 out of 100 targets. Like other elite athletes, these shooters have something special, in their case a level of concentration and calm that is hard to imagine.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth

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  • Corey Cogdell-Unrein, is an American trapshooter. She is a two-time Olympic bronze medal winner in the Women’s Trap; at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was also the bronze medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in the Women’s Trap event. Cogdell also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Corey made the National Development Team in 2006 at Fall Selection when she placed first in the junior women’s trap competition. That same day, she made the National Team when her score also placed her third in the open women’s trap competition.
  • Air Force staff sergeant Andrew McNamara, an aircraft mechanic stationed at JBER since 2014, has captured state championships in Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont and has competed all over the world. He regularly enters the world championship in San Antonio and twice won the high-overall award in his class, once in Class A and once in Class AA.

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!