Sean Doherty will make his Olympic in Sochi, where he will be the youngest-ever member of the U.S. biathlon team. He qualified for the Games with a strong performance at the IBU Cup in Ridnaun, Italy, which doubled as the final qualifying event for the U.S. team. He earned the final Olympic berth with a first, two seconds and a fourth among the Americans in the four selection races.
- 2013: World Championships – 12th (relay), 44th (sprint), 52nd (pursuit), 60th (individual)
- 2012: World Championships – 63rd (sprint)
- 2009: World Championships – 21st (relay), 56th (pursuit), 57th (sprint)
- 2008: World Championships – 16th (relay), 79th (individual)
Things to know:
1. Doherty is in his first full season on the U.S. senior national team. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13, winning a gold medal (12.5km pursuit) and two silver medals (10km sprint, 20km individual) at the Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria, becoming the first U.S. biathlete ever to step onto the podium three times at a World Championship event.
2. Doherty is the youngest-ever member of the U.S. Olympic biathlon team, and the only teenager. Jay Hakkinen was 20 years, 207 days old when he competed in his first race at the 1998 Nagano Games.
3. Doherty graduated from Kennett High School in his hometown of Conway, in the spring of 2013. He had arranged a program for his junior and senior years that allowed him to compete in international events while fulfilling requirements for graduation. He says his favorite class was German.