Alaskans in Rio: Cogdell-Unrein Medals, Kelter takes to the pitch

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UPDATE 3:16 p.m. Sunday, August 7:
Alev Kelter’s Team USA fell 5-0 to New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Rugby competition in the Rio Olympics. Kelter hails from Eagle River.

It was a close match as New Zealand’s Portia Woodman scored a try just before halftime.

Team USA dropped into the classification matches for 5th-8th places.
The sport is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1924, when a 15-a-side version of the game was played. The version back in the Games this year is a condensed sevens format, with seven players on each side, for both women and men.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Alaskan Corey Cogdell-Unrein, a shooter from Eagle River, took home her second Olympic bronze medal with a podium finish in women’s trap shooting today.

The 29-year-old’s medaling performance came after tying for second with New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney and losing a shoot-off.

Cogdell-Unren then tied Spain’s Fatima Galvez with a score of 13 in the bronze medal match, but won the shoot-off in that tie-breaker by making her first shot, while Galvez missed.

Australia’s Catherine Skinner took home the women’s trap shooting gold with 12 of 15 shots.

Cogdell’s finish was a repeat of her 2008 Beijing performance with the podium placement. She also competed in the 2012 London games.

Another Alaskan competing today is Alev Kelter, also of Eagle River, who took to the pitch with Team USA’s women’s Rugby squad.
Team USA was 1-1 in Olympic competition before facing No. 1-seed Australia today in the final match of pool play. The two teams tied 12-12, meaning they both finished high enough in Pool A to advance to the quarterfinals.

Team USA will face New Zealand tonight in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

Here’s a link to NBC’s streaming of the games. It will also be shown on CNBC at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, which is 1:30 p.m. Alaska time.

The Associated Press and NBC contributed information to this article.



 
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