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Nordgren and Currier Make Olympics as U.S. Biathlon Finalizes Team

American Russell Currier racing to 34th last season in the men’s 12.5 k pursuit in Oberhof, Germany. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Leif Nordgren and Russell Currier have been named to U.S. Biathlon’s team for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. They will join Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey, and Sean Doherty, meaning that the team will be identical to that at the 2014 Olympics. The women’s team for PyeongChang was finalized earlier this week.

The decision came after an IBU Cup sprint in Arber, Germany, on Saturday, that was the culmination of a four-competition selection series. The first two races were IBU Cup sprints in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, earlier this month, and the third competition was a time trial in Arber.

In that 10 k sprint, Nordgren finished 16th, 59.2 seconds behind race winner Vetle Sjastad Christiansen of Norway. It was a day after he had traveled to Ruhpolding, Germany, to fill out the U.S. men’s relay team, and then back to Arber again. Paul Schommer was 33rd in the Arber sprint (+1:53.9), Currier 40th (+2:07.6), and Jake Ellingson, the final short-listed man for the Olympic team, did not start.

In the same race, Matthew Hudec finished 72nd for Canada (+3:09.6), followed by Aidan Millar in 89th (+4:06.2).

In the women’s 7.5 k sprint in Arber on Saturday, Chloe Levins of the United States finished 22nd for a career-best IBU Cup result, with one penalty landing her 1:09.4 behind race winner Hilde Fenne of Norway. Maddie Phaneuf finished 42nd, also with one missed shot, +1:45.4.

For Canada, Megan Tandy led the way in 28th with two penalties (+1:14.1), followed by Nadia Moser and Megan Bankes in 45th (+1:56.8) and 46th (+1:58.2), respectively. Erin Yungblut finished 75th (+3:51.1).

Results: menwomen