Conway’s two Winter Olympians – 18-year-old biathlete Sean Doherty of Center Conway and 26-year-old ski racer Leanne Smith of North Conway – are being recognized at home and in the U.S. Senate.
Conway Recreation Dept. Director John Eastman says the welcome signs recognizing the Olympians will be up Friday on Route 16 near the railroad tracks in Conway Village and at Schouler Park in North Conway.
And U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has officially entered her remarks about all nine Olympians from New Hampshire into the Congressional Record, including Smith’s teammate Julia Ford of Holderness and the most decorated male skier in World Cup history, Bode Miller of Franconia.
Shaheen says “in New Hampshire, growing up on the snow is a way of life. With access to the unparalleled beauty and terrain of the White Mountains, thousands of miles of trails and nearly one thousand lakes, Granite Staters are at home on the snow, on the ice and in the air.”
Shaheen says about Doherty, “we hope to see Sean, a first time Olympian, continue his accomplishments from the international Biathlon Union Jr. World Championships last year and excel at this year’s Olympics.”
The first men’s biathlon event will be broadcast Saturday afternoon.
Of Smith, Shaheen says “as a representative of Team USA for the second time, we hope the combination of her previous Olympic experience and her success in recent World Cup events translates into victory this year.”
Alpine skiing opens with the men’s downhill Sunday and the women’s super combined Monday.
Opening ceremonies for the Games are Friday.