February 4

Aroostook County biathlete holds Maine’s Olympic hopes

Russell Currier is the sole native son in the Winter Games in Sochi.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Russell Currier competes at the Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden, in 2008. Currier discovered his passion for the sport in junior high school.

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Russell Currier reacts at the finish line after he came in sixth at the World Cup biathlon men’s 10 km sprint event in Nove Mesto na Morave on Jan. 14, 2012.

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And if you’re looking for any indication of Currier’s success at his parents’ home, you need to go upstairs. In one small back room, he has hung bibs from around the world – South Korea, Italy, Canada, Germany, France, the U.S. – from the ceiling. In another room – one decorated with posters from “The Simpsons” – dozens of medals won by Currier, from NorAm Cup races to U.S. nationals, from the Junior Olympics to the IBU Cup, hang from the arm of an exercise machine.

It’s a heavy cache, one that would strain most arms. But it is well hidden. That’s how he has always been. He simply doesn’t talk to anyone about his success. Or even his future.

At 26, he still has plenty of competitive years ahead of him. He has a flair for photography, but hasn’t thought much about life after the biathlon.

His sister Lauren, a nurse at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, is sure he’ll find success somewhere.

“I’m just glad he found something he likes,” she said. “I don’t picture him wearing a suit and going into an office. I don’t know what else he could do.”

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Chris and Debbie Currier pose in their home in front of bibs worn throughout the years by their son. In another room, Russell Currier’s medals hang from the arm of an exercise machine. The biathlete headed for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is markedly modest about his successes.

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Will Sweetser works with a ski team in Presque Isle last week. Sweetser helped train Currier when he was in the Maine Winter Sports Center’s program.

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A sign alerts motorists to the likelihood of roller skiers along a road in Presque Isle, where the Maine Winter Sports Center has a world-class training facility. Such signs are commonplace in Aroostook County, where Olympian biathlete Russell Currier was raised.

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Medals that Russell Currier has won through his years competing as a biathlete.

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Bob Sprague, a retired ski coach and teacher in Caribou, walks near trails where he used to help train Russell Currier. “You watched him and you knew,” he said of Currier.

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