Former Lubbock journalist becomes a mother while her husband competes in the Winter Olympics

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) — From 2012 to 2014, Caitlin Napoleoni covered news and weather in the Southern Plains. In addition to covering weekend weather for KJTV-TV, a wide range of stories included city government and the first football season of Fearless Champion-Texas Tech’s mascot horse, who is retiring after nine years. on duty.

This year, the former Lubbock reporter, who is now a weatherman for WPTZ-TV in Burlington, Vt. has been a popular topic on the other side of the news. While Caitlin’s husband, Leif Nordgren, is representing the United States as a biathlon skier in the 2022 Winter Olympics, his wife gave birth to their first child, Astrid Lynae, on Sunday night.

The distance is considerable for two people who become parents for the first time. Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Center is more than 6,500 miles from their home in the Adirondack Mountains. Using Facetime technology, the Olympian stayed in touch with his family during the birth of his daughter.

Over the next day, Leif competed in his first competition of these Games – the men’s 20km biathlon final. There he crossed the finish line with a time of 59:29.8 – more than ten minutes behind gold medalist Quentin Fillon Maillet of France. Even though his 87th place finish was a disappointment, he was still featured in one of the best televised moments of this year’s Olympics.

“Leif, congratulations on your first race of the Games. Astrid and I are of course so proud of you. We are so proud of all the sacrifices you have made for our family,” Caitlin said in a pre-recorded message (which aired on NBC’s daytime coverage and on USA Network), as she held their daughter in her arms. “Even though you’ve come this far, we can’t wait for you to come home, but of course we can’t wait to see you compete for the rest of these Games. We love you so much!”

While interviewed by NBC’s Tom Abbott, Leif reflected on what has been an emotional week for him.

“I was just thinking about my family during the warm-up, and it just brought tears to my eyes,” he said, wiping away tears. “Unfortunately I didn’t get a good race result today, but I think it’s a win no matter what for home life.”

Leif, who also skis for the Vermont National Guard, is no stranger to the Olympic scene as he also took his skis and rifle to Sochi, Russia in 2014 and PyeongChang, South Korea, four years later. Biathlon events will continue throughout the next week and a half. Coverage can be seen on NBC’s various platforms, including KCBD-TV.

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