If you do any reading about Clare Egan, you may discover this U.S. biathlete born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has a thing for pigs. Clare says she never leaves her house without her “lucky pigs,” when traveling she misses her “stuffed animal pig, Hilda” the most, her dream vacation would be in Big Major Cay, The Bahamas (aka Pig Island with Pig Beach where real pigs swim) but her favorite meal is a pig-free vegetarian dish – risotto.
All pigs aside, Egan is eyeing an Olympic debut in PyeongChang in biathlon, a sport she picked up only about five years ago. After moving to Vermont to join the Craftsbury Green Racing Project in 2011 as a cross-country skier, Egan was inspired by her teammates in Vermont, Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee, who were on a 2014 Sochi Olympics trajectory in biathlon.
Joining the U.S. Biathlon development team in 2014 led to Egan’s first trip to the International Biathlon Union World Cup in 2015, where she has since finished in the Top 25 in five individual races, while consistently cracking the Top 20 with her teammates in relay events.
Egan is one of several young guns currently being groomed for success with U.S. Biathlon.
Getting to know Clare Egan
Has her masters in linguistics, speaks five languages and is learning Korean
Says biathlon race events are "basically a giant beer garden in Europe" for fans
Started the first cross-country skiing club team as an undergrad at Wellesley College