Egan Takes on Another Biathlon Event as Seacoast Native Wins Silver
UNH graduate Clare Egan competed Friday in her third Olympic biathlon event as Portsmouth native Colby Stevenson wins silver in men's freestyle skiing.
Egan shot in the women's 7.5km sprint on Friday morning and finished in 46th place.
Norway's Marte Roeiseland won the gold, Elvira Oeberg from Sweden won silver, and Dorothea Wierer from Italy the bronze. The United States has never medaled in the biathlon since it became an Olympic sport in 1960.
She will compete in her fourth of six biathlon events Sunday morning in the women's pursuit. Only the top 60 finishers in the spring qualify.
Egan earned her masters in linguistics at UNH in 2010.
Portsmouth's Colby Stevenson Wins Silver
Colby Stevenson rebounded from a crash on his first run to put some new tricks to work and win the silver in big air freestyle skiing on Wednesday.
Stevenson's second jump, a nose butter triple cork 1620, got a 91.75 from the six judges and was the third-highest score of the day. The last jump was a switch left double 1800 Cuban.
“(I’ve) never podiumed in an event in big air, so I’ve been learning new tricks,” he said. “I really just came out and focused on the tricks I wanted to land, and let the results take care of themselves," Stevenson said.
He is a resident of Park City, Utah but was born in Portsmouth, and hit the slopes for the first time at 14 months in Vermont.
A Horrific Crash in 2016
Stevenson survived a car crash in May 2016 when he fell asleep at the wheel. He fractured his skull, ribs, an eye socket, jaw, and neck. A titanium steel plate was put in his skull and doctors didn't know if he would walk again.
His father retired from his job as a pilot and his mother took a month off from work to care for him.
Stevenson went to work on his recovery and returned to the competition in 2017. Stevenson won his first career slopestyle World Cup just eight months after the crash.