Nordgren will make his Olympic debut for the United States at the Sochi Games. First introduced to biathlon by his older sister, he has competed regularly on the World Cup circuit for four years but has saved his best performances for the World Championships, a good sign for a U.S. team which will be seeking its first-ever medal at the Olympics.
- 2013: World Championships – 8th (mixed relay), 12th (relay), 22nd (individual), 43rd (pursuit), 53rd (sprint)
- 2012: World Championships – 10th (relay), 12th (mixed relay), 81st (individual)
- 2011: World Championships – 6th (relay), 13th (mixed relay), 17th (mass start), 21st (individual), 26th (sprint), 38th (pursuit)
Things to know:
1. When Nordgren was 10, he moved with his family from Colorado to Marine-on-St. Croix, a small town in Minnesota. Considered too skinny for the top team sport in the region, ice hockey, he played soccer through junior high then followed his older sister, Sonne, into biathlon when he was14. Sonne spent three years on the U.S. junior national team.
2. Nordgren began competing seriously in biathlon as a 17-year-old. His first taste of success came at the 2008 Junior World Championships, where he finished in the Top 10 in all four events, including a late surge to a bronze medal in the 10km pursuit.
3. Nordgren always travels with his Kindle, iPod, running shoes, a couple of books, and occasionally a football. The lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan has a sister and two older brothers. His one brother, Eric, serves in the Army National Guard and competes on the National Guard biathlon team.