While biathlete Russell Currier of Stockholm will be the only Maine native competing in the Winter Olympics, the Sochi, Russia, landscape will be dotted with other athletes and officials who share links to the Pine Tree State.
Currier is just one of six Maine Winter Sports Center alumni to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Others MSWC athletes who earned their spots on Team USA include fellow men’s biathlon team members Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, N.Y., and Lowell Bailey of Syler City, N.C., women’s biathlon team members Lanny Barnes of Durango, Colo., and Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and men’s cross-country skier Kris Freeman of Andover, N.H.
Lanny Barnes gained her spot on the Olympic team despite falling ill during the final qualifying race in Italy when twin sister Tracy Barnes — who finished just ahead of her in the race to earn a berth on the U.S. squad — opted afterward to give up her spot on the team to Lanny.
Miller to lead five Carrabassett Valley alumni at Winter Games
Three athletes and two coaches will represent Carrabassett Valley Academy at the Winter Olympics — alpine ski racer Bode Miller, aerialist Emily Cook, halfpipe freeskier Annalisa Drew, U.S. Ski Team coach Forest Carey, and Canadian alpine snowboard team coach Mark Fawcett.
Miller is one of alpine ski racing’s most decorated athletes, having competed in the last four Olympics. The Easton, N.H., native won silver medals in men’s giant slalom and men’s combined in 2002 and a gold medal in men’s combined, a silver medal in men’s super G, and a bronze medal in men’s downhill in 2010. Miller will be going for his sixth Olympic medal in Sochi.
Cook has been in two previous Olympics for women’s aerials. The Belmont, Mass., native has won five national championships and posted numerous top-10 World Cup results as well as finishing in the top 10 at the world championships.
Drew, an Andover, Mass., native, became the first woman to attempt a 1260-degree spin in competition at the Aspen Winter X Games. Drew has earned podium positions at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open, USSA’s U.S. Revolution Tour, USASA Nationals, the North Face Park and Pipe Open, the Dew Tour, and AFP World Championships.
Carey is a longtime member of the U.S. Ski Team staff and is now the World Cup multi-head coach who will work directly with skiers Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. Carey was a U.S. Ski Team athlete from 1993 to 1997 and skied for Middlebury College, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American. After coaching at CVA and Middlebury, he joined the U.S. Ski Team again as an assistant technical coach. Before coaching the Europa Cup team, Carey coached Miller on his independent team in 2008 and 2009.
After winning 14 snowboard World Cup events in slalom, giant slalom and super G and competing in the 2002 Olympics, Fawcett turned to coaching and has been the Canadian alpine snowboard coach since 2005.
Australian Bamford to represent Bates
Bates College student Emily Bamford is part of the Australian Olympic ski team and is expected to compete in the giant slalom and slalom events.
Bamford, who took the year off from college to pursue her Olympic dream, competed on the Bates alpine ski team in 2012 and 2013, and Bobcats’ coach Rogan Connell fully anticipates her return to the team as a junior next season.
Bamford is Bates’ 11th Olympian and the first enrolled Bates student to compete in the Olympics. Her 10 Bates Olympian predecessors all made their trips post-college with one exception: Arnold Adams ’33, who was on the U.S. track and field team for the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics but did not compete due to injury.
Mars Hill’s Caverhill working in Sochi
Stephanie Caverhill of Mars Hill will serve as the massage therapist for the U.S. cross-country ski team for the Sochi Games, according to WAGM-TV in Presque Isle.
Caverhill has worked with the ski team for the last four years, including attending last year’s World Championships in Italy.
While Caverhill has worked mostly with the ski team, she also has spent time with the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams, the station reported.
Colby grad serves in women’s hockey post
Reagan Carey, a 2001 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, is in Sochi as director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey, a job she has held since August 2010.
But she’s not the first Olympian in her family. Her grandfather, Wendall “Chummy” Broomhall of Rumford, competed in cross-country skiing during the 1948 and 1952 Winter Games.
While she played both ice hockey and volleyball at Colby, Carey’s current job involves the management of the women’s national program, including elite development efforts of both players and coaches.
Under her leadership, Team USA has won two gold medals and a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Championships.
Team USA is seeking its first gold medal in women’s ice hockey since 1998. Team Canada has won the last three golds.