A Look at the Four Athletes Representing Alaska in the 2012 Olympics
FAIRBANKS - The Olympics have begun in London. Four athletes have ties to Alaska.
• Corey Cogdell — The 26-year-old from Eagle River is vying for her second Olympic medal, as she brought home the bronze in women’s trap shooting at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
Cogdell came from behind in Olympic Trials to earn berths in Beijing and London. She was eight shots back in 2008 and six shots back this year.
She garnered the women’s trap shooting gold this year at the World Cup Tucson in Arizona.
• Janay DeLoach — The first-time Olympian and 2003 Eielson High School graduate holds the Alaska state high school girls long jump record of 19 feet, 5 inches, set at the state meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage in 2003.
DeLoach earned her Olympic berth with a third-place and personal-best finish of 23 3/4 inches at the Olympic Trials in June in Eugene, Ore.
The former Colorado State University All-American captured the USA indoor women’s long jump titles this year and in 2011. The 26-year-old Fort Collins, Colo., resident was runner-up at this year’s world indoor championships and the 2011 USA outdoor nationals.
• Matt Emmons — Emmons helped the Alaska Nanooks capture four NCAA rifle championships (2001-04) during his career. He also won the smallbore individual national title three times (2001-03), was the air rifle titlist in 2001 and received eight first-team All-America honors for his career.
The 31-year-old native of Browns Mills, N.J., earned the Olympic gold medal in the 50-meter prone competition in 2004 in Athens, Greece, and took the silver in the same event in 2008 in Beijing.
• Jamie (Beyerle) Gray — The former Nanook (2002-06) placed fourth in the women’s 10-M air rifle and fifth in the 50-M three-position event at the Beijing Olympics.
The 28-year-old from Lebanon, Pa., was the 2011 USA Shooting Rifle Athlete of the Year honoree. She won in the 2011 World Cup Sydney and is a two-time champion in the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup USA.
When she was known as Jamie Beyerle, she helped the Nanooks capture four NCAA titles (2002-04 and in 2006). The six-time All-American won the NCAA individual air rifle title as a freshman in 2003, the same year she took gold in the 50-M three-position event at the ISSF World Cup in Croatia.