Check Out These 4 NH Olympians (Plus 1 Bonus Athlete)
On Friday night, the opening ceremonies for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea commence.
Coverage begins at 8 p.m. on NBC with athletes from all over the world gathering for the event. There will be 102 events in 15 different sports spread over 19 days. The competition actually got underway on Wednesday the seventh with the biathlon, luge and ski jumping events.
Among the athletes in the crowd of competitors, there will be five from the Granite State. Following home state competitors always makes things more interesting.
These are the people you should look for:
Patrick Caldwell, Lyme, cross-country skiing.
This is the first Olympics for Caldwell, who comes from a ski family. His father Tim Caldwell was a World Cup racer during the 1970s and '80s and his cousin Sophie Caldwell also is on this year's Olympic squad as a cross-country skier.
Caldwell has been on the U.S. Ski team for three seasons and is a student at Dartmouth College.
This is Doherty's second Olympic games. He competed in Sochi in 2014 and came in 16th in the relay race. In 2013, he became the first U.S. biathlon athlete to reach the podium three times at a World Championship event, earning a gold and two silver medals. He has since triple podiumed in two other World Championship events. Keep a watch on his medals here. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Broc Little, Rindge, ice hockey.
He currently plays for Hockey Club Davos in Switzerland. Follow him on Twitter here and Instagram here.
Eric Loughran, Pelham, freestyle skiing.
This is Loughran's first time at the Olympics. He'll compete in aerials. Keep a watch on his medals here and follow him on Twitter here and Instagram here.
And for the first time in the history of Plymouth State University, a student involved in PSU Athletics will compete for her home country of Iceland! She is Alpine skier Freydis Einarsdottir.
A junior exercise and sport physiology major who hails from Garðabær, Iceland, she will ski at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Of course, in our politically charged world, it will be interesting to see how North and South Korea will come together under the Korean Unification Flag during the opening ceremonies.
The Korean women’s ice hockey team will be a unified team but will compete under a separate International Olympic Committee country code designation (COR); in all other sports, there will be separate teams from the North and South.
It is South Korea's second time hosting the Olympic games. The first were the summer games in Seoul back in 1988.