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Anchorage Hosts World Junior Biathlon Team Trials

Fri, Oct  5, 2007 - By US Biathlon Association

Anchorage, Alaska - Kincaid Park in Anchorage is bustling with activity. In less than three months, Americas best young biathletes will arrive with their sights set on making the World Junior/Youth Biathlon Team.

Three days of intense racing action will start with a sprint on December 28, followed by a pursuit format on December 29. The final day of competition, December 30, will be a relay format race. These races will determine junior (ages 19-21) and youth (under 19) team members. As many as 16 biathletes will earn a spot to represent the US at the World Junior Biathlon Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany January 26—February 2, 2008.

Race details, entry forms and travel logistics information can be found at the US Biathlon web site, www.usbiathlon.org .

As the snow makes its way down the mountains behind Anchorage, construction crews and volunteers are scrambling to put the final touches on a new, world-class HoRa electronic biathlon target system. In September Max Cobb, executive director of the US Biathlon Association, made a site visit to Kincaid and was impressed. “Alaska has a long history of producing some of Americas best biathletes, such as Olympians Jay Hakkinen and Jeremy Teela. Having our World Junior Trials in Anchorage will put new energy into Alaska biathlon as well as highlight this amazing facility.”

Organizing Committee volunteer Joyce Widness was proud to hear Cobbs feedback. “The Anchorage biathlon community is very excited to host the World Junior Trials. This is one of the major national competitions held for our junior level biathletes.”

For additional information, contact registration secretary Joyce Widness at widness@gci.net or US Biathlon Development Director Piotr Bednarski at MNbiathlon@aol.com

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