Clare Egan competes in the 2017 World Championships. Photo courtesy ClareEgan.wordpress.com
PYEONGCHANG – When the 2018 Winter Olympics get underway in South Korea on February 9, three Mainers will be among the athletes competing for Team USA, two in the biathlon and one in the freestyle skiing competition.
Biathlete Clare Egan is the only female athlete from Maine on Team USA. The biathlon is an event that combines cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship.
Clare is from Cape Elizabeth and started skiing in middle school for Cape Nordic and won a high school state championship in Maine before leaving to attend Wellesley, where she started the Wellesley College Ski Team.
Clare has been competing in the World Cup Circuit since 2015, and says she never leaves the house without her lucky pigs. Clare was a member of the 2014 Team USA Olympic Development team.
Some of Clare’s other interests include singing, guitar and learning foreign languages.
Biathlete Russell Currier of Stockholm will participate in the Winter Olympics for the second time, having been a member of Team USA in the 2014
Stockholm’s Russell Currier will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics for Team USA. Photo courtesy Team USA.
Russell, who was born in Stockholm, a small Aroostook County town of about 250 people, says it is his favorite place in the world.
Along with joining Team USA for his second Olympic games, Russell also has competed in two World Cups, in the 2011-12 season and the 2016-17 season.
Russell has twice placed 6th in World Cup Competitions, and placed 49th in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games individual competition, with a 16th place finish in the relay.
Russell has been competing on the world stage since 2007, when he participated in the first of his two Junior World Championship competitions and in the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
Some of Russell’s interests include hunting, movies and video games.
Russell says his favorite TV show is The Simpson’s, and his favorite food is waffles.
Troy Murphy of Bethel will compete in the freestyle skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics for Team USA.
Troy is competing in his first Olympics after two World Championship appearances, including an 11th place finish in the dual moguls in the 2017 World Championship.
Troy went to college at the University of Utah and Utah State University. As a boy, Troy’s father built a homemade rope tow in the family’s backyard so Troy could practice after the mountain closed in the evening.
Troy enjoys skiing, skateboarding and mountain biking.