Maine native posts first, second among Americans in Olympic qualifying races

Stockholm native Russell Currier had two solid runs during an International Biathlon Union competition in Slovakia over the weekend in his effort to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.

Currier was among four Americans taking part over the weekend in IBU Cup 4 at Brezno-Orsblie, Slovakia; the four also will compete this weekend at IBU Cup 5 in Arber, Germany. They are trying to qualify for the Winter Olympics that will run Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

One of the four will qualify for the U.S. Olympic team based on the athletes’ best two results from four total races and will join Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Sean Doherty, who already have been nominated to the five-man U.S. team based on performances in previous World Cup events.

The final slot will be a discretionary pick by U.S. Biathlon and the U.S. OIympic Committee, but it’s believed these two IBU competitions will weigh heavily on that selection.

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