Corey Cogdell Profile: From Alaska to the 2012 London Games

The 2012 Summer Games are about a week away and there's no one we're cheering for harder than Corey Cogdell. The 24-year-old trapshooter from Alaska is a serious hunter and an OL kind of girl at heart. Last year while Corey was training for London, we got the chance to interview her and gain a little insight on life as an Olympic athlete. Read her profile here and watch her compete on August 4. __ -Photos: Corey Cogdell and USA Shooting
Corey has killed moose, bear, caribou and blacktail deer in her home state of Alaska.
When she was about 14, Corey took up competitive shooting.
A child prodigy Corey was not, and her first time on the trapshooting range was unremarkable. She broke only 3 out of 25 targets.
But after some practice at a local shooting club (called Birchwood Recreation and Shooting), Corey began to excel in the sport.
She would hand out little clay target pins to all of her defeated opponents that said "Beat by a Girl," to wear on their shooting vests. "All of the men from the club took it really well, they were always supportive of me," Corey says.
She continued to improve and went on to make the U.S. Olympic team. But, she was brand new to the international format of trapshooting and entered the 2008 Games in China as a huge underdog. "Going in, I definitely had realistic expectations," Corey says. "I was just going to go in there and do my best."
The group drew straws to decide what order to shoot in and Corey drew the last position. She watched as her three opponents missed their first shots. All she had to do was make hers and she'd take home a bronze medal. It would be the most important shot of her career. "Your nerves just overtake you, my whole body was shaking. It felt like even my eyeballs were shaking," Corey says.
Corey made the shot and took home the medal. And now, she has her sights set on the 2012 games. To train, she's been on the range almost seven days a week for six hours at a time.
Corey's fierce competitive nature is probably one of her biggest assets as a shooter. "You don't even want to play a board game with me, because if I loose, you'll never here the end of it," Corey says.
When she's not training, Corey is hunting wherever she can. She went to Africa in May 2011 to hunt zebra for the television show Safari Hunter's Journal. The hunt was no ride-and-shoot excursion. Corey and her party hiked for miles and she eventually suffered heatstroke. But in the end, she got her zebra. "That was the hardest hunt I've ever been on," Corey says. "[That zebra] is probably one of the animals I treasure the most."
To learn more about Corey go to: http://www.usashooting.com/

Corey Cogdell, an avid big-game hunter, won a bronze medal in trapshooting in the 2008 Olympic games. Now she is training for gold in 2012.