Sochi Spotlight on Russell Currier
Date of Birth: 6/26/87
Hometown: Stockholm, Maine
Born and raised in the remote town of Stockholm, Maine, population 253, Russell was introduced to the sport of biathlon in elementary school through a program offered at the Maine Winter Sports Center. Today, the 26-year-old Currier is the first athlete trained solely by the Maine Winter Sports Center to win a place on the U.S. Olympic team, and is the only athlete from Maine on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.
Russell was a five-time Junior World Championship team member and four-time World Championship team member, a three-time mass start national champion, and has had two top-6 World Cup finishes.
Russell’s parents, Chris and Deborah Currier, will travel to Sochi to cheer on their son thanks to the support from their Aroostook County community, who joined together to raise funds to support the Currier’s travel expenses to Sochi. The Olympics will mark the first time the Curriers have traveled outside North America to see their son compete.
Russell has one older sister, Lauren, and he is a 2006 graduate of Caribou High School. When he’s not training, traveling or competing, Russell’s hobbies include hunting, watching movies, reading, and video games.
Read more about Russell and how his hometown community has rallied to support he and his family on the road to Sochi here.