Maine native earns spot on Winter Olympics biathlon team

Ernie Clark, Special to The County
6 years ago

Russell Currier is an Olympian again.

The 30-year-old Stockholm native and 2006 Caribou High School graduate was one of the final two men named Saturday night to the U.S. Olympic biathlon team following their efforts at two weekends of International Biathlon Union competition in Europe.

“I’m excited,” Currier said in an email from Germany on Sunday morning. “The atmosphere of the Olympics is what makes it so different from any world championships or World Cup events. Every four years our sport exists beyond Europe, and it’s always nice to have North American support.”

Currier and Leif Nordgren of Marine, Minnesota, both veterans of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, were selected to join Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, New York; Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, New York; and Sean Doherty of Center Conway, New Hampshire, among the five men on the 10-member U.S. contingent that will compete in the biathlon next month at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

All five men have previous Olympic experience, with Bailey, Burke and Doherty qualifying for this year’s games based on their World Cup performances in December.

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