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Olympics 2012: Team USA's Athletes Gunning for London Gold

The Wilderness Heroine: Shooter Corey Cogdell

Jesse Hyde


Corey Cogdell
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Corey Cogdell, the first American woman to medal in trapshooting – a sport in which competitors blast clay targets arcing across the sky – was raised in the wilds of Alaska, where her dad taught her to shoot at the age of three. She hunted and butchered her first rabbit at six. That's the sort of backstory that makes dating tough. "Men like the idea of going shooting with me, but once we get out there it's not so fun anymore," says the 25-year-old. "It takes cojones to be with me."

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