New Hampshire Athletes Heading to the 2014 Olympic Games
Below is a list of athletes who call New Hampshire home, or have close ties to the Granite State that are heading to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games!Teams are still being finalized so be sure to keep checking back for updates, and results for the athletes once the Games begin. And...let us know if we forgot anyone!
Bode Miller – Downhill Ski Racing
UPDATE-Bode became the oldest alpine skier to win an Olympic medal with a Bronze in the Super G and also added to his crown as the most decorated US alpine skier in history! He also has finished 8th in the downhill, 6th in the combined and 20th in the Giant Slalom.
Bode grew up in Easton, NH just down the road from Cannon Mountain and has grown to become one of the greatest World Cup ski racers of all time. Over the years, Bode has earned 33 World Cup victories and five medals in the Winter Olympics. After taking a year off to recover from knee surgery, Bode’s recovery is well underway with several podiums on the World Cup this winter. This will be Bode’s fifth Olympic Games and will make him the oldest alpine Olympian in U.S. history at age 36.
Nick Fairall – Ski Jumping
UPDATE-Nick placed 50th on qualifying in the normal hill failing to qualify. Nick also qualified 31st on the large hill and finished 35th in the first round.
An Andover, NH native, Nick has been one of the nation's top talents for some years now and has been ski jumping for fifteen years. In recent years, he has enjoyed the results to back up his reputation. On August 4, 2013, Nick won his first-ever National title by winning the Large Hill National Championships in Park City, UT.
Nick Alexander – Ski Jumping
UPDATE - Nick placed 40th in qualifying on the normal hill. On the large hill he finished in 48th in the first round.
Nick Alexander of Lebanon, NH started at the Lebanon Outing Club at Storrs Hill in Lebanon. Nick has gone on to become one the greatest ski and ski jump competitors in the nation including participation in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Chas Guldemond – Snowboard Slopestyle
UPDATE - Chas finished 15th in the men's slopestyle
Chas grew up in Laconia, NH and spent many days and nights at Gunstock Mountain Resort. You’d also see him regularly in Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley’s terrain parks. Chas has over 25 victories in major competitions and has a great shot at bringing home a medal to NH's Lakes Region.
Julie Krass – Ski Slopestyle
UPDATE - Julie finished in 11th place in the slopestyle
Sean calls Great Glen Trails home and he and his family even competed in the recreational race series there through the years. He has only been training and competing in Biathlon for six years, and at 18 years old has a bright future in the sport.
Julie is from Hanover, NH and trains at Waterville Valley. At only 16 years old she’ll be one of the younger competitors heading to Sochi for the Olympic Games.
Mikaela Shiffrin - Downhill Ski Racing
UPDATE - Mikeala won the gold in the slalom becoming the youngest slalom gold medal winner in history, and she also finished 5th in the Giant Slalom
When Mikaela was eight years old she moved east with her family to Lyme, NH. She quickly became a standout on the Lebanon Outing Club ski team. She has been red hot over the past two seasons and is currently the reigning World Cup champion in slalom at only 18 years old. She stands to be one of the biggest stories at these Olympic Games.
Kris Freeman - Cross Country Ski Racing
UPDATE - Kris was 6 seconds off the lead in his first race when unfortunately his blood sugar crashed and did not complete his second race. Kris finished in 52nd on Friday in the men's 15km.
Born in Concord, NH, Kris regularly trains and works at Waterville Valley ski area. Just prior to competing in his first Winter Olympics, Kris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. Kris has had to overcome adversity to qualify for these Games after being cut by the U.S. Ski Team earlier this season. Kris is a 16-time national champion and this will be his fourth Olympic Games.
Julia Ford - Downhill Ski Racing
UPDATE - Julia finished in 24th place in the slalom after having a very difficult starting bib number of 51.
Julia is from Plymouth, NH and attended Holderness School. At Holderness, in addition to ski racing, she served as the school’s president, and the captain of both varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse teams. She's had a tough run recently leading up to the Olympics, overcoming injuries and getting back to form. In recent years she's had great results including winning the U.S. Downhill National Championship twice. This will be Julia's first Olympics.
Hannah Kearney – Mogul Skiing
UPDATE - Hannah brought home the bronze in women's moguls!
Hannah was born in Hanover, NH, and by age nine had joined the freestyle program at Waterville Valley. She graduated from Hanover High School and has competed in two Olympics, including winning a gold medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Tyler Walker – Adaptive Ski Racing
Tyler is from Franconia, NH and started skiing in adaptive programs at Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. As a two-time Paralympian (Torino and Vancouver) and longtime member of the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team, Tyler will be one of the most seasoned racers at the Sochi games.
Leanne Smith - Downhill Ski Racing
UPDATE - Leanne competed in the Super Combined and did not finish. Leanne was able to finish in 18th in the women's Super G and was the only competitor in the first 8 starters to complete the course.
Leanne grew up racing at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway and went to Kennett High School. She is one of the premier speed athletes on the U.S. Ski Team with two World Cup downhill podiums and a slew of Super G top 10's. This is her second Olympic Games after participating in the 2010 games in Vancouver.
David Chodounsky - Downhill Ski Racing
While not originally from New Hampshire, David did attend Dartmouth College and had great success. While at Dartmouth he won the NCAA slalom title in his freshman year. Two years later he captained the school to the NCAA overall title, then graduated with a double major in engineering and geology. These will be David's first Olympic Games.
Andrew Weibrecht - Downhill Ski Racing
UPDATE - Andrew once again shocked many bringing home a silver in the men's Super G after only two top ten finishes on the World Cup circuit.
Andrew graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 and has been a longtime member of the US Ski Team collecting a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics in the Super G.
Nolan Kasper - Downhill Ski Racing
Nolan attends Dartmouth College during his off-season. He was a member of the 2010 Olympic team and is a serious contender in the slalom.
Sophie Caldwell - Cross Country Skiing
UPDATE-Sophie finished in 6th in the ladies sprint, 32nd in the women's 10k and 8th in the ladies team sprint.
Sophie is a Dartmouth College graduate and new to the US Ski Team. she has two podiums at NCAA nationals.
Hannah Dreissigacker - Biathlon
UPDATE - Hannah finished 65th in the 7.5k sprint, 23rd in the 15k individual and 9th in the women's and men's mixed relay.
Hannah is a Dartmouth college graduate who competes in Biathlon.
Susan Dunklee- Biathlon
UPDATE - Susan finished 34th in the women's 15k individual, 18th in the 10k pursuit, 14th in the 7.5k sprint, 12th in the 12.5k mass start and 9th in the women's and men's mixed relay..
Susan is a Dartmouth graduate competing in biathlon.
Ida Sargent - Cross Country Skiing
UPDATE - Ida finished in 34th place in the 10k classic race.
Ida is a Dartmouth Graduate competing in cross country skiing.
Sara Studebaker - Biathlon
UPDATE - Sara finished in 44th in the 7.5k sprint, 51st in the 10k pursuit, and 55th in the 15k individual.
Sara is a Dartmouth graduate competing in biathlon.