US Biathlon announced first-time Olympians Leif Nordgren and Annelies Cook as the fourth and fifth members of its Olympic Team on Thursday.
Nordgren, 24, joins three-time U.S. Olympians Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey in going to Sochi. Burke and Bailey were nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team in November. US Biathlon is expected to announced up to two more men to join them in Sochi in January.
“I’m not sure it’s still really sunk in yet, but I’m pretty excited,” said Nordgren, according to US Biathlon. “I tried not to think about the qualification process too much this last trimester, but I definitely couldn’t help myself sometimes.”
Cook, 29, joins another first-time Olympian, Susan Dunklee, who was nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team in November. US Biathlon is expected to announce up to three women to join them in Sochi in January.
“I am very relieved to be named to the Olympic Team; it is something I have dreamed of since I was a kid,” said Cook, according to US Biathlon. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I think I will be most excited when the entire team is named and we can look forward to it together.”
The U.S. has never won an Olympic biathlon medal.
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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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