Team USA reaches new heights in biathlon at 2022 Winter Olympics

Team USA finished its men’s biathlon competition with a 13th place finish in the 4×7.5 kilometer relay. The four teammates endured freezing temperatures and windy conditions that tested all athletes, but allowed Team USA to learn positive lessons from their experience in Beijing.

“There were ups and downs, that’s the nature of biathlon,” three-time Olympian Sean Doherty said of the team’s performance in Beijing. “We had some great moments as a team. We had some good performances, and I think we gave it our all, and that’s something we can be happy with. Now we have a little break and we’re refocusing to the world to come mugs.”

Alongside Doherty, the men’s team consisted of Jake Brown, Paul Schommer and Leif Nordgren, who ended his Olympic career in Beijing after three Olympics.

“He will be missed for sure,” Brown said of Nordgren. “It was fun to have him as a mentor, this year in particular, to be able to pick his brains on certain things knowing he was going to move on. He was able to share so many things with us. It’s been really precious to have him with us.”

While Team USA posted historic results, Norway dominated the biathlon competition in Beijing for both men and women. The Nordic power won an astonishing total of 14 medals and six gold. Several athletes have won a record five medals in total, but it was France’s Quentin Fillon Maillot who entered the Olympic history books with five podiums in each of his five races.

Norway’s Marte Olsbu Roeiseland won three gold and two bronze medals for women. The Norwegians were powered by the Boe brothers, with 33-year-old Olympic veteran Tarjei winning two gold medals in the relays, bronze and silver in the individual races.

Meanwhile, younger brother Johannes Thingnes beat his brother to four gold medals – two in the relay and individual titles and a bronze in the individual 20km.

Want to follow the athletes of the American team during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games? Visit TeamUSA.org/Beijing-2022-Olympic-Games to view the competition schedule, medal table and results.

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