Sean Doherty (USA, 18-3) in the men's 4x7.5km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. (Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports)
Olympic debut was another first for Conway's Doherty
The youngest athlete ever selected for a U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team, Doherty, 18, competed as a member of the men's 4x-7.5-kilometer relay squad last Saturday and had the quartet's second-best time, 19 minutes 37.3 seconds. Of the four Americans, only 32-year-old Lowell Bailey (17:20.7) was faster.
"I think it was pretty good," he said in a team release. "I took too many (shots) in prone, but it was a good race. It was high-pace right from the get-go, and I think I held it together pretty well.
A senior at Conway's Kennett High School, Doherty doesn't have much time to focus on his studies after his return from Russia. He'll be competing this weekend at Presque Isle, Maine, in the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, the same meet in which he earned three podiums — and New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month honors — at Obertilliach, Austria, last year.
A large Dartmouth College contingent produced a range of results, highlighted by graduate Andrew Weibrecht's silver-medal performance in the men's Alpine super-G, the same event in which Franconia native Bode Miller earned bronze.
And while two former University of New Hampshire players, coach Katey Stone and defensemen Kacey Bellamy, were working their way toward a silver medal for the U.S., another player with New Hampshire ties was skating as the oldest member of the home team. Yekaterina Pashkevich, a 41-year-old Massachusetts resident who spent several seasons with the now-defunct Manchester Freedom women's football team, helped the Russians go 4-2, though they didn't reach the medal round.