Four Vermonters make Olympic team
VERMONT - Three Vermont National Guard biathletes will compete in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing as part of the US Biathlon Team with an additional member named as the men’s alternate.
The US Biathlon Association’s International Competition Committee finalized roster selections following the results of the recent International Biathlon Union Cup races in Brezno-Orsblie, Slovakia. The Vermont National Guard will send experienced Olympians Spc. Sean Doherty and Spc. Leif Nordgren for the men’s team as well as Spc. Deedra Irwin who will make her first Olympic appearance. Spc. Vaclav Cervenka will serve as men’s alternate to make his Olympic debut if needed.
The National Guard biathletes will continue to compete in IBU World Cup races when not participating in high altitude training in preparation for Olympic competition.
Biathlon training involves cross-country skiing between rifle ranges. Participants engage targets at 50 meters at each range. The exercises help soldiers to shoot accurately after moving quickly across snow-covered terrain or, in the case of Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, mountainous terrain.
The Vermont National Guard biathletes serve with a variety of units within the Vermont Army National Guard’s Garrison Support Command. Doherty and Cervenka both serve as 12W carpentry and masonry specialists with Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Nordgren, currently a 15P aviation operations specialist, plans to pursue flight school and earn his commission as a pilot following Olympic competition. Irwin, a 42A human resource specialist, serves with 86th Troop Command.
For more information contact public affairs officer Maj. Scott Detweiler at (802) 227-2779 or firstname.lastname@example.org.