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Meet New England’s Winter Olympics hopefuls

Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt., will compete in biathlon at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.AP

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A beekeeper from Vermont, a plumber from the North Shore, and a motocross rider from Maine are among the athletes with New England connections who are hoping to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Wednesday marks 100 days until the start of the Winter Olympics, and athletes such as Susan Dunklee, Jonathan Cheever, and Troy Murphy are deep into their preparations.

Some of New England’s Olympians, including Dunklee, already have punched their ticket to South Korea. Dunklee was the silver medalist at last season’s world biathlon championships, and represents one of the best chances to become the first US athlete to medal in biathlon at the Olympics.


“We’re really, really optimistic,” said Max Cobb, president of US Biathlon. “I think she can contend for a medal in every single race she starts in.”

Other New England hopefuls still have to qualify, and while some are long shots, others are likely to be medal contenders.

Cheever, a snowboardcross racer from Saugus who also works as a plumber, got a leg up on qualifying when he finished third in the first World Cup event of the season in September.

Murphy, from Bethel, Maine, has become one of the best moguls skiers in the United States after switching from motocross racing as a youth to focus on freestyle skiing.

The rest of Team USA will be decided based on past performances and competitions held over the next 2½ months. The Olympics begin Feb. 9.

Here’s a look at other athletes with New England connections who may compete in PyeongChang.

Alpine skiing

Andrew Weibrecht: The two-time Olympic medalist attended Dartmouth and is a speed specialist who focuses on super giant slalom and downhill.

David Chodounsky: An NCAA champion at Dartmouth, he competed in slalom at the Sochi Games.


AJ Ginnis: Attended Green Mountain Valley School and Dartmouth, and was the US junior slalom champion in 2015.

Mikaela Shiffrin: The defending World Cup overall and slalom champion attended Burke Mountain Academy and has family in Massachusetts. She is also the defending champ at the Killington World Cup slalom.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle: From Starksboro, Vt., and the Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club, Cochran-Siegle is from a family of ski racers. His mother, Barbara, won Olympic gold in 1972 in slalom.

Nolan Kasper: From Warren, Vt., and Burke Mountain Academy, Kasper competed in slalom in both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.


Susan Dunklee: Lives in Barton, Vt., and has qualified because of her silver-medal performance at the world championships in February. She’s a beekeeper in her spare time.

Sean Doherty: From Center Conway, N.H., he participated in the 2014 Olympics, finishing 16th in the men’s relay.

Clare Egan: From Cape Elizabeth, Maine, attended Wellesley College and the University of New Hampshire. Competes on the World Cup circuit.


Steve Langton won a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics in four-man bobsled.Ron Jenkins/Getty

Steve Langton: The Melrose native and Olympian in 2010 and 2014 attended Northeastern, where he was a jumper and sprinter for the track and field team.

Evan Weinstock: A Brown graduate and four-time Ivy League decathlon champion, Weinstock was a part of the two- and four-man teams for pilot Justin Olsen at the world championships.

Frank Del Duca: From Bethel, Maine, Del Duca was a sprinter and long jumper for the University of Maine track and field team.


Bonnie Kilis: An Olympic weightlifter from Marlborough, Conn., Kilis competed in the heptathlon for Sacred Heart University.

Lou Moreira: A Somerville native and former professional bodybuilder, he was recruited by Langton to try bobsledding in 2015.

Jimmy Reed: A hurdler for the University of Maine track and field team, Reed is in his third season with the national team.

Lauren Gibbs: After four years playing volleyball at Brown, she has been a national team member for three years and took third place at the USA Bobsled national push championships this summer.


Korey Dropkin: From Southborough, Dropkin competed in the 2012 Youth Olympics and was named USA Curling’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2016.

Figure skating

Alexander Gamelin: Was born in Boston and competed in ice dancing with his sister before partnering with Yura Min of South Korea to pursue a spot in the Olympics with her by obtaining South Korean citizenship. They secured their spot by finishing fourth in the recent Nebelhorn Trophy event.

Freestyle skiing

Kiley McKinnon was ninth in the World Cup aerials standings last season.Ezra Shaw/Getty

Troy Murphy: A former motocross racer from Bethel, Maine, Murphy is one of the top US moguls skiers. He was the World Cup rookie of the year in 2014, but did not qualify for the Sochi Olympics.

Nessa Dziemian: From East Hampstead, N.H., Dziemian was the North American champion in moguls in 2015. A knee injury ended her 2017 season in February.

Mac Bohonnon: The aerials specialist from Madison, Conn., and the Stratton Mountain Freestyle Team was second in the World Cup aerials standings in 2017. Was fifth in aerials at the Sochi Olympics.


Kiley McKinnon: From Madison, Conn., an aerials specialist who has finished in the top 10 in the World Cup standings each of the last three seasons and was the World Cup aerials champion in 2015.

Eric Loughran: An aerials athlete from Pelham, N.H., and the Loon Mountain Freestyle Team, Loughran competed at the world championships in 2017.

Devin Logan: The West Dover, Vt., native won silver at the 2014 Olympics in slopestyle, and is a two-time World Cup champion (2016 overall, 2014 halfpipe).

Annalisa Drew: A halfpipe competitor from Lawrence, Drew was ninth at the 2014 Olympics and third at the 2016 X Games.

Men’s hockey

Jordan Greenway had 10 goals and 27 assists for Boston University last season. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Matt Dalton: A former Bruins prospect who could be the goalie on the South Korean team. The Clinton, Ontario, native played in the KHL from 2011-14 before landing with Anyang Halla of the Asia League. Last season, he was named MVP and best goaltender of the Asia League.

Ryan Donato: The Harvard forward and Scituate native is a likely choice for the US team. He was selected by the Bruins 56th overall in the 2014 draft.

Jordan Greenway: A forward at Boston University who competed for the US team in the world junior championships. Was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 50th overall in 2015.

Nordic skiing

Jessie Diggins competed in the 2014 Olympics.Rick Bowmer/AP

Jessie Diggins: The four-time world championship medalist trains with the Stratton Mountain School Elite team and recently purchased a home in Vermont.

Simi Hamilton: Attended Middlebury College and now lives in Vermont to train at Stratton. He has four World Cup podium finishes.


Sophie Caldwell: From Peru, Vt., Caldwell comes from a family of cross-country ski racers. She has four World Cup podium finishes and was sixth at the Sochi Olympics.

Andy Newell: A three-time Olympian from Shaftsbury, Vt., he recently married fellow elite cross-country skier Erika Flowers.

Patrick Caldwell: The 2015 NCAA champion at Dartmouth, Caldwell is from Lyme, N.H. Sophie Caldwell is his cousin.

Julia Kern: From Waltham, she races for Dartmouth and was second at the US championships in 2016.

Katharine Ogden: This year, she became the first US skier to win an individual medal at the junior world championships. She is from Landgrove, Vt.

Liz Stephen: The two-time Olympian from East Montpelier, Vt., has been on a World Cup podium six times. Started as an Alpine skier but switched to cross-country at Burke Mountain Academy.

Ida Sargent: From Barton, Vt., Sargent finished on the podium at two test events held at the Olympic venue in PyeongChang.


Megan Henry: From Roxbury, Conn., Henry spent a year in the US Army before being recruited to sliding sports. She won two silvers and a bronze on the Intercontinental Cup circuit last season.

Kyle Brown: A strength coach and personal trainer from Concord, N.H., Brown ran track at Springfield College and has been on the national team for three years.

Mike Rogals: From Orwell, Vt., Rogals was a pole vaulter for the University of Vermont. He competed on the Intercontinental Cup and European Cup circuits last season.

Alex Ivanov: Lives and works in Carlisle as a personal trainer. Got into skeleton in his senior year of college, forgoing a spring break to try sliding at the USA Skeleton Fantasy Camp in 2011.

Ski jumping

Tara Geraghty-Moats: The West Fairlee, Vt., athlete competed in biathlon from 2010-14 before returning to jumping in 2015.


Alex Deibold: A member of the US “A” team for snowboardcross, Diebold is from Manchester, Vt. He won bronze in snowboardcross in the 2014 Olympics.

Seth Wescott: From Sugarloaf, Maine, Wescott won gold in snowboardcross at the 2006 and 2010 Games but missed 2014 because of an injury.

Lindsey Jacobellis: The three-time Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014) from Stratton, Vt., won silver in snowboardcross in Torino, Italy, in 2006.

Jonathan Cheever: A plumber from Saugus, Cheever hit the podium in the first qualification event of the snowboardcross season to give him a leg up on teammates vying for spots on the PyeongChang team. Has never been to the Olympics.

Kelly Clark: The West Dover, Vt., native attended Mount Snow Academy, but now lives in California. Has been a top competitor in halfpipe for years, with four Olympics appearances and three medals (one gold, two bronze).

Ty Walker: From Stowe, Vt., Walker attends Brown and is a member of the US slopestyle team. Finished 14th at the Sochi Olympics.

Julia Marino: The big air and slopestyle specialist won the Big Air at Fenway Park event in 2016. She is from Westport, Conn.

Women’s hockey

Meghan Duggan: The US women’s team captain is from Danvers. The forward has won two Olympic silver medals and led the US to the world championship in March.

Kacey Bellamy: A member of two US Olympic teams, Bellamy plays defense. A Springfield native, she played college hockey at New Hampshire.

Kali Flanagan: The defender from Burlington played at Boston College and was on the US gold-medal world championship team.

Megan Keller: Defender played at Boston College and has played for three US gold-medal teams at the world championships.

Emily Pfalzer: Played defense for four seasons at Boston College and on three US teams that won the world championships.

Alex Carpenter: A forward from North Reading, Carpenter played at Boston College and on the US Olympic team in 2014.

Kendall Coyne: Forward won the Patty Kazmaier Award as a senior at Northeastern in 2016 and played on the US Olympic team in 2014.

Amanda Pelkey: Forward from Montpelier, Vt., played at the University of Vermont and on two US gold-medal teams at the world championships.

Cayla Barnes: A freshman defender at Boston College, Barnes has played on three US U-18 teams in international competition.

Gigi Marvin, Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker: Forwards all play pro hockey for the Boston Pride.

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