Another bronze medal for Alaska trapshooter Cogdell-Unrein

Corey Cogdell-Unrein, Alaska's two-time Olympic medalist in trapshooting, ended the season with a bang last week.

The Eagle River woman won the bronze medal in women's trap at the World Cup Final in Rome.

"What a great way to finish out an epic year!" she tweeted after the competition.

In August, Cogdell-Unrein captured the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, the second of her career. She also won bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

A three-time Olympian, Cogdell-Unrein has won seven World Cup medals over the years. But until Friday she had never claimed a medal at the World Cup Finals, which is limited to the world's top 12 shooters in each event.

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Cogdell-Unrein, who is ranked third in the world, battled through three straight misses in the bronze-medal match against Ray Bassil of Lebanon. But Bassil missed three of her final five targets, allowing Cogdell-Unrein to grab a 12-10 win.

Cogdell-Unrein had to beat Australia's Catherine Skinner — the gold medalist in Rio and the world's No. 1-ranked trapshooter — in a shoot-off to advance to the bronze-medal match.

Taking the gold was Natalie Rooney of New Zealand, who was the silver medalist in Rio. The World Cup silver went to San Marino's Alessandra Perilli.

Cogdell-Unrein's bronze helped boost the United States to the top of the medals table in Rome. Also winning medals were Kim Rhode, who won the women's skeet, and Jeff Holguin, who won silver in men's double trap.

Beth Bragg

Beth Bragg wrote about sports and other topics for the ADN for more than 35 years, much of it as sports editor. She retired in October 2021. She's contributing coverage of Alaskans involved in the 2022 Winter Olympics.