Cogdell-Unrein secures 7th selection to Worlds in storied career
The 30-year-old shotgun shooter won in walkoff fashion after she hit the 50th and final target to claim third place at the USA Shooting National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It was at least the fourth time she’s medaled in a major competition after hitting her final target, including twice in the Olympics.
This result qualified Cogdell-Unrein for the world championships – her seventh-career berth.
This one was special, though, because she has endured an exhausting technique change.
“Today felt like a glimpse of light at the end of a long tunnel I have been traveling down the last six months since making the switch from shooting with one eye to two,” Cogdell-Unrein told USA Shooting.
“This has been the hardest and most drastic change I have made in my shooting career by far to date. I know I have a long way to go still until I am satisfied with where I am at but shooting 24/25 in the first half of the final today gave me that reassurance that I am on the right track and that the changes I have made will make me a better athlete in the long run.”