May 26, 2013

Maine's connections to the Olympics

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer


Event: Snowboardcross

Age: 36

Maine connection: Born in North Carolina, Wescott and his family moved to Farmington before he entered the fifth grade. Now lives in Carrabassett Valley.

Previous Olympics: Won gold medal in Turin (2006) and Vancouver (2010).

Right now: Wescott is recovering from surgery after he tore the ACL in his left knee last month. He returned to Maine to continue his rehab and expects a full recovery in time for qualifying events, which begin in December. “You’ve got to be positive about it and I am,’’ he said. “It’s going to make it more interesting and a little harder, but I have the time to do it.’’

Olympic prospects: Four snowboardcross racers will go to Sochi. Wescott finished the 2012-13 World Cup season ranked 11th in the world and third among Americans despite missing several events. If healthy, he should qualify.


Event: Luge

Age: 28

Maine connection: Raised in Augusta, attended Cony High. Lives in Augusta .

Previous Olympics: Finished 17th at Vancouver (2010).

Right now: Training at home to prepare for qualifying. Coming off her best season, she ranked sixth in the world and had two second-place finishes on the World Cup tour. “I think about (Sochi) a lot, every day,’’ she said. “It’s hard not to. It’s in my training journal. I’m the type of athlete that can’t stand regret, or not knowing that I haven’t done everything possible. So every workout is about what it can do for me.’’

Olympic prospects: Three women will qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. Clukey, based on her experience and results, should be one of them.


Event: Moguls

Age: 24

Maine connection: Raised in Greenville, attended Carrabassett Valley Academy

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: Training at Lake Placid. Coming off a heel injury that shortened his season. “I’m just trying to get healthy,’’ said Cota. “It was a nagging injury and it’s hard to stay off your heel as a skier.’’ If healthy, he’s ready to compete for a spot. “I know you have to ski well. If I can ski the way I’m capable of, I feel I can earn one of the spots.’’

Olympic prospects: There are 26 freestyle slots allotted to the American team. If Cota can regain the form that saw him ranked third in the world after the 2012 season before his injury, he can compete for one of those spots.


Event: Biathlon

Age: 25

Maine connection: Raised in Stockholm, attended Caribou High School

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: He’s training in Lake Placid, concentrating on his fitness and his shooting, which he feels he needs to improve. “The circuit is so competitive that being fast is not enough anymore,’’ he said. “You’ve got to ski fast, shoot fast and shoot very well. I need to become a little more refined.’’

Olympic prospects: Five U.S. biathletes will go to Sochi and two have already qualified – Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey – leaving three spots. Currier was ranked fourth among U.S. biathletes last year. He has a strong chance to go to Sochi.


Event: Moguls

Age: 26

Maine connection: Born in Weymouth, Mass., but raised in Farmington. Attended Carrabassett Valley Academy

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: DiGravio is in Park City, Utah, recovering from a knee injury (ACL tear) that sidelined him for the second half of the World Cup season. He isn’t expected back on the snow until November. “We’re going to see how things shake out with my summer training,’’ said DiGravio. “There’s a lot of time between now and then.’’

Olympic prospects: It all depends on how his recovery goes. DiGravio has shown he has the talent to compete at the upper levels, but he has to be healthy to earn a spot. It won’t be easy. And he’s already considering going to college full time in Utah.

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