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Corey Cogdell


By her own expectations, 2013 was nothing extraordinary for Corey Cogdell. You don’t get to the top of the trap shooting world thinking a world record, a World Cup bronze medal and a couple silver-medal fi nishes in prime domestic competition equates to a stellar year.


Thing is, the


year was good enough to distin- guish her as USA Shooting’s top female shooter in 2013. She began the year contem- plating taking some time away from her gun after a grueling run at the 2012 Olympic Games that took its toll on her mindset. Shooters fatigue had settled in. But fatigue is fl eeting for some- one with the competitive drive like Cogdell.


“It was not hard for me to fo- cus early on in the year as I had


my eyes set on the Spain World Cup,”


Cogdell acknowledged.


“Since I started shooting in Inter- national trap in 2006, I have al- ways dreamed of going to Spain, so I set Spain as my goal for the year, to perform well there and come home with a medal. Perfection was hers at the


Granada World Cup when she sailed through the qualifi cation round with a perfect 75/75. But even that wasn’t good enough to secure victory after faltering in the fi nals somewhat to wind up with the bronze medal. “After my success in Spain, I really felt like I had a break thru with my shooting. But as soon as you think you have this game fi g- ured out, it will come back and bite you in the butt. So, I had to refocus quickly for Nation-


als and the rest of the season. I struggled a little towards the end of the season, but still feel like I had a great season.” She fi nished second at both


the Fall Selection Match and the USA Shooting National Champi- onships.


By the time she had


reached World Championships, Fall Selection and World Cup Final, the results showed a girl in desperate need of another break.


She fi nished 19th, sixth and 12th at each of those three fi nal stops. As intensive a competitor as


you’ll fi nd in today’s game, the winter break will serve her well. She’ll need that time to plan a summer 2014 wedding after her boyfriend Mitch Unrein pro- posed to her recently. The two had been dating for the past two


years after meeting at a charity function.


Unrein is a talented


defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos and is one of 44 guys ever to have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. “Not only is Mich the love


of my life, he is my best friend,” Cogdell admitted. “We share the same competitive drive and his support has helped me tre- mendously in the last few years. When you are an athlete, most of the time you have to be very self-centered to be successful. We understand that about each other’s job and support that. But at the same time, I think we both have learned to focus more out- side ourselves to make the other person happy and support them in their dreams.”


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