“Shooting guns is an Olympic sport? Who knew?!” If you suspected the Olympics coverage by NBC Sports absolutely ignored the USA Shooting Team, you were right; but there is more. Not to be outdone by NBC, the Chicago Tribune newspaper – the pride of Chicago, the anti-gun and murder capital of the United States – posted a news Tweet of a U.S. female athlete holding an Olympic metal. The entire message stated,
“Wife of Bears’ lineman wins a bronze metal today in Rio Olympics.”
Period. There is no mention of her name – Corey Cogdell-Unrein – or her Olympic sport – Trap Shooting. Let us not even mention the sexist nature of that news item. For all of the scores and drama of the shooting competition, plus the back stories and bios of the USA Shooters, go to www.usashooting.org/news/fanhub.
Actually, there was one USA Shooter that got early publicity (but no coverage). The first gold medal for the 2016 USA Olympians was earned by rookie teenager Ginny Thrasher in the 10 Meter Women’s Air Rifle event. The USA Shooters contributed three medals to the U.S. total. Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s bronze in Women’s Trap was a repeat from the 2012 Olympiad. Then, the incomparable Kim Rhode won bronze in Women’s Skeet to make Olympics history by medalling in six consecutive Games (three of them gold). Great stories on most of the USA Shooters. Those three USA Shooters reinforce the expression, “Shoots Like a Girl”.
And a final note about Olympic shooting. It's never going to be reflected in the coverage of NBC Sports, but shooting sports have the fourth largest number of participants (97) of all summer sports this year and 14 countries medalling. The top three are: Athletics (201), Swimming (173) and Judo (136).