Doherty earns Olympic nod


Former Kennett star is youngest US Olympic biathlete ever


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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SEAN DOHERTY of Center Conway earned an Olympic nomination on Sunday. US Biathlon - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
January 13, 2014
CENTER CONWAY — Former Kennett athlete Sean Doherty made a little history on Sunday.

Doherty became the youngest person ever named to the US Olympic Biathlon team when the US Biathlon International Competition Committee nominated him to the 2014 United States Olympic Team.

Doherty, who got his biathlon start at the Pemi Fish and Game Club in Holderness, competed for Kennett in Nordic skiing and cross country before his budding biathlon career took him to competitions all around the world.

The announcement of the Olympic nominations came after the IBU Cup races in Riduan, Italy on Sunday.

"I want to congratulate the athletes on being nominated to the Olympic Team. Everyone of them has shown a dedication to excellence and a love of the sport that has led them to this outstanding accomplishment," said Bill Burke, Chairman of the US Biathlon Board of Directors. "I can't wait to cheer them on in person at the Olympics and to celebrate their achievements with their families."

"I am very pleased with the progress the athletes on the team have made. It's the result of their focused training with some of the world's best coaches and high performance staff," said US Biathlon President and CEO Max Cobb. "There is one more World Cup before the Olympic Games and we are looking forward to seeing the team in action there. Our top ranked athletes, Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, have both had podium-level performances and the Olympic rookies have had very compelling performances that indicate personal-bests lay ahead for them this season."

In addition to Bailey and Burke, both from New York, the US Biathlon Olympic nominations included Lanny Barnes of Durango, Colo. All three were Olympians in 2006 and 2010.

The list also includes 2010 Olympian Sara Studebaker of Boise, Idaho and first-time Olympians Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, N.Y., Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine, Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt., Hannan Dreissigacker of Morrisville, Vt. and Leif Nordgren of Marine, Minn.

The 2014 Winter Olympics get under way in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 7. Salmon Press will be on hand to see Doherty compete in his first Olympics.

All nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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