May 26, 2013

Maine's connections to the Olympics

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Event: Half-pipe

Age: 26

Maine connection: Born in Bethel, attended Telstar Regional High.

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: Skiing and training on the West Coast as he prepares for Olympic qualifying. Twenty-six freestyle skiers will go to Sochi, regardless of discipline. “I want to get my tricks down in my head so that when it comes time for the Olympic opportunity, I’ll be mentally prepared and they’ll (become second nature). I know I have the skill. I know what I have to do.’’

Olympic prospects: Dumont is regarded as one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. He’s won 10 medals at the X Games, including two golds. Had an injury-filled 2011-12 season, when he suffered an ACL tear and then broke both wrists. Returned in 2012-13 and was ranked 21st in the world. Definitely a contender for Sochi.


Event: Moguls

Age: 20

Maine connection: Raised in Bethel, attended Gould Academy

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: In Park City, Utah, beginning his summer training. He knows what he has to do to earn a spot. “In a sport like skiing, your improvement has to happen in the summer,’’ he said. “In winter, you’re just moving from competition to competition. Any major changes to your techniques or jumps has to happen in the summer. Sochi is definitely in the back of my mind. But in order to get there I have to perform well and I can’t worry about that now.’’

Olympic prospects: He’ll be an underdog, simply because of inexperience. He has competed in three World Cup events in each of the last two years, so he knows the competition. He’ll have to perform well in the U.S. Selections, then get on the podium in a World Cup event. He finished fourth at the national championships last year.


Event: Luge

Age: 20

Maine connection: Born in Portland, lived in Falmouth. Moved to Connecticut with family 10 years ago.

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: Training in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the U.S. Luge training center. “Right now I’m thinking about what I can do to be the best I can be,’’ said Sweeney, who was the last person cut from the 2010 Olympic luge team. “It’s about getting stronger and a faster start. Being one of the younger athletes on the team, I’m kind of lacking in the strength area. So I’m trying to catch up.’’

Olympic prospects: Sweeney won the Junior World Championships this year. She also placed ninth in a World Cup event at Lake Placid. Capable of earning one of the three spots.


Event: Snowboardcross

Age: 22

Maine connection: Raised in Stratton. Attended Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Previous Olympics: None

Right now: Fully recovered from a knee injury that ended his season two years ago, he had a strong finish this winter, taking third in the U.S. Nationals. Currently working out with Wescott to prepare for Olympic qualifying. “I think I’m taking all the right steps,’’ he said. “I’m getting ready as soon as I can and I’m going to push as hard as I can for as long as I can.’’

Olympic prospects: Tuttle was ranked 29th in the world last year, but he missed many early events. He’s capable of earning one of the four snowboardcross slots for Sochi.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:
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