By Chrös McDougall | Dec. 17, 2018, 10:23 a.m. (ET)

Corey Cogdell-Unrein poses with her bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s precise eye as a trap shooter brought her from Eagle River, a community of 35,000 just north of Anchorage, Alaska, to three Olympic Games, where she has twice returned home with bronze medals.

Now her home state is inviting Cogdell-Unrein back to honor her athletic achievements with a place in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, where she will become the first shooter to be inducted.

Cogdell-Unrein, 32, will be inducted alongside baseball player Chad Bentz as part of the Hall’s 13th class, with the ceremony taking place in April at the Anchorage Museum. In addition, Alaska Run for Women will be honored in the event category, while a 2001 high school basketball upset will be honored in the moment category.

“Earlier this week I was notified of some very unexpected news that has left me extremely humbled and proud,” Cogdell-Unrein wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “I would like to thank the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame for (their) nomination to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this coming April. I am honored to become the first shooting sports athlete to be inducted into the Hall of fame and so proud to represent my great home state of Alaska in such a wonderful sport.”

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Cogdell-Unrein, who was born in Palmer, Alaska, began shooting at age 3 and learned trap shooting through a 4-H program. She qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, where she earned a bronze medal in women’s trap shooting. After finishing 11th at the 2012 Games in London, Cogdell-Unrein was back on the podium at the 2016 Games in Rio, when she overcame former world champion Fatima Galvez of Spain in a shootout to win another bronze medal.

That made her just the second U.S. woman, behind Kim Rhode, to win multiple Olympic medals in shooting.

In addition to her Olympic success, Cogdell-Unrein has also competed in multiple world championships.

She’s now seeking a spot in her fourth Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, where she’ll aim to compete in the new trap mixed team event. Cogdell-Unrein combined with Jake Wallace to claim a world cup win in the event this past summer in Arizona.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.