Do you wonder about the interesting facts associated with Olympic athletes? Do you want to know what the athletes do in their free time, or what they like to eat to indulge?
You’ll find answers to those questions and more in the list to follow, where you’ll be introduced to each member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic biathlon team.
The team, which is made up of 10 athletes — five men and five women — will head to Sochi in an effort to bring home gold in their respective events. The sport of biathlon is made up of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, and three disciplines are contested: pursuit, individual and sprint.
During the 2014 Games, fans will be treated to competition in a new event: the biathlon mixed relay. In this event, men and women will compete together to try to cross the finish line first.
The biathlon events are scheduled to begin on February 8 with the men’s sprint event. You can find a full schedule of biathlon events here.
Burke is one of three athletes on the Olympic biathlon team who has twice competed at the Olympic Games, as he too competed in 2006 and 2010. He’s from New York and enjoys fishing, biking and hunting. He loves Mexican food, he says.
Dunklee, who will head to the Olympic Games for the first time in 2014, studied ecology at Dartmouth. She lives in Vermont and enjoys unicyling and jigsaw puzzles. She also loves fresh blueberries.
Doherty is a 17-year-old high school senior from New Hampshire. In 2013, he became the first American to win three medals at any world championship event at the 2013 youth/junior world championships.
Currier, who lives in Maine, will compete in his first Olympic Games this year. He loves visiting Stockholm, and he enjoys playing video games. His favorite food? Waffles.
The Sochi Games will mark the third for Lowell Bailey, who also competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. He was born in North Carolina and moved to upstate New York as a child. Aside from biathlon, Bailey is passionate about music.
Nordgren will compete in his first Olympic Games in 2014. He’s from Forest Lake, Minn., and currently lives in Lake Placid, N.Y. He enjoys orienteering and canoeing, and he loves to eat pumpkin pie.
Like Bailey, Lanny Barnes also competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. Barnes lives in Durango, Colo., and loves wearing Wrangler jeans, a belt buckle and cowboy hat, according to her Team USA bio.
The 2014 Games will be the first for Cook, who lives in New York. She enjoys reading, cooking and sewing, and she speaks German.
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Studebaker competed at the 2010 Olympics and will head to her second Games in 2014. She’s from Boise, Idaho, and studied at Dartmouth. She enjoys cooking and knitting and loves chicken curry.
Dreissigacker will compete in her first Olympic Games in Sochi. She studied engineering and studio art at Dartmouth. She loves chocolate and homemade pizza.