US Biathlon Team Arrives in Sochi

By Linda Jager | Feb. 02, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

SOCHI, Russia (Feburary 2, 2014) – Team USA landed in Sochi, Russia today to prepare for the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The team arrived here today and is en route to the Endurance (Athlete) Village located next to the Laura Biathlon venue in the mountains of Sochi.

Competition begins on February 8th with the men’s 10-kilometer sprint beginning at 6:30pm local time (9:30am ET). A complete schedule of Olympic biathlon events can be found here 

Daily updates from Sochi will begin on February 4th, and will be posted on the US Biathlon website, Twitter and Facebook, as well as distributed via email to U.S. Biathlon’s media list. To be added to the email news update list, please email Linda Jager (linda.jager@comcast.net)

Doherty to Train in Antholz, Italy to Prepare for Olympic Relay and Upcoming Junior World Championships

U.S. Biathlon announced today that Olympic team member Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH) has remained in Antohlz, Italy to continue to train for the Olympic men’s relay event, and the upcoming IBU Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine (February 26-March 7th, 2014). He will rejoin the team in Sochi on February 16th.

“Sean is 18-years-old and still racing in the youth category. He was sick during the World Cup in Antholz. We decided to have a special preparation plan for Sean for the relay week at the Olympic Games, and also to prepare for the Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, ME right after the Games,” said Bernd Eisenbichler, U.S. Biathlon High Performance Director. 

Doherty won three medals at the 2013 Junior World Championships – a gold in the pursuit, and silver in the individual and sprint. Sean is the first biathlete, junior or senior, to win three individual medals at a World Championship event.

“Sean will train the next two weeks in Antholz with US Biathlon Coach Armin Auchentaller to ensure he gets into the best possible shape for the last week of the Games and the Championships. Through intensive daily individual coaching he will continue to develop his skill as a biathlete the best possible way for the weeks to come, and he will have a long-term benefit from that work. We must make sure that Sean has the best possible development as an athlete in the beginning years of his international career. 

The training schedule and the difficult course in Sochi would make solid training impossible for Sean. With the plan have for him we are convinced that he will be in best shape for the relay, as well as for the Youth World Championships. He will get the best out of both events for himself, get the experience of the Olympic Games, but also be ready and in shape for the Championships against the international field of competitors his age,” added Eisenbichler.
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