[Members] Fwd: Biathlon Update (from USBA)

Julia A Collins collinsj at colorado.edu
Fri Dec 14 02:08:15 EST 2018

Hi all,

Note in the attached USBA newsletter that "ALL US Biathlon Coaches/Officials and ALL members who have frequent access to athletes must take the US Center for SafeSport’s training by December 31, 2018.” Parents are also encouraged to take the training.



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From: United States Biathlon <Info at usbiathlon.org<mailto:Info at usbiathlon.org>>
Subject: Biathlon Update
Date: November 30, 2018 at 10:00:18 AM MST
To: Julia Collins <collinsj at colorado.edu<mailto:collinsj at colorado.edu>>
Reply-To: United States Biathlon <Info at usbiathlon.org<mailto:Info at usbiathlon.org>>

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 U.S. Biathlon Update


Excitement Beckons As Biathlon Season Begins

Bernd Eisenbichler isn’t saying he has that butterflies-in-his-stomach feeling athletes have before a big race, or even the sleepless excitement kids have before Christmas morning.

But he’s definitely eager to see what this new season brings for the U.S. men’s and women’s biathlon teams when they open their world cup circuit Sunday in Slovenia.

U.S. Biathlon’s chief of sport has brought in new head coaches for both teams — each with new methods, ideas and training approaches. These new leaders will be looking at remade rosters, with younger athletes hoping to replace some veterans that raised the bar for Americans in this sport that is still dominated by Europeans.

“I was actually, even in the middle of April, a little bit nervous,” Eisenbichler said of his coaching search, which hadn’t yet yielded results. “But I was also excited to start something new because I felt, and many others felt, it was time for a change.”

Three-time Olympic champion Michael Greis of Germany was selected as head coach for the men, with Italian Armin Auchentaller returning to take over the women’s program. He had been the U.S. men’s shooting coach from 2009-14, and most recently led the Swiss women’s team.

In addition to the coaching shakeups, there have been wholesale changes across both staffs, including the addition of recently retired American standout Tim Burke, a four-time Olympian and world silver medalist, as athlete development manager. Danika Frisbie takes over as sport program manager.

“We have a lot of new energy, a lot of new ideas,” Eisenbichler said.

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ALL US Biathlon Coach/Officials and ALL members who have frequent access to athletes must take the US Center for SafeSport’s training by December 31, 2018. The training is free with your US Biathlon membership and can be accessed here

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There is also a FREE SafeSport training for PARENTS

We encourage all parents to complete this course to help us provide the best training experience we can for your child.  You can access the Parent Training at no cost.

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Please take the training today and do your part to create a safe environment for America’s biathletes.


World Cup at Soldier Hollow on track: February 14-17

The International Biathlon Union, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and U.S. Biathlon will partner to host the world’s top biathletes at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon February 14-17 on the Olympic venue for the first time since 2001. The event will showcase top athletes from over 30 nations in the final World Cup before the World Championships in Sweden.

“The World Cup at Soldier Hollow and season-long broadcast schedule are a great way to showcase our sport in America,” said two-time Olympian Sean Doherty. “I was just seven but I’ll never forget watching cross country skier Thomas Alsgaard sprint to the finish for gold here.”

“I recall watching the 2002 Olympics on TV as a kid and the magic of the course and this place,” said Susan Dunklee, silver medalist from 2017 World Championships. “My first time here in college for nationals I was awed going up Hermod’s Hill. It makes you feel pretty tough that the best skiers in the world ski here. We have to raise the bar and accept that level of challenge. It’s good to have a facility like this to do that.”


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U.S. Biathlon invites youth biathletes between the ages of 14-15 years old to join us for a special 5-day camp program during the BMW IBU Biathlon World Cup North American tour stop in Soldier Hollow (Midway, Utah) this February!

This camp is a unique opportunity for young American biathlon stars of tomorrow to experience the world’s biggest biathlon stage with National Development coaches leading the way through ski training, guided spectating, and participation in events leading up to World Cup races.

Features of the 5-day camp include:

  *   Daily ski training with U.S. Biathlon Team coaches

  *   Participating in a mock race for World Cup broadcasting TV test event

  *   Meet and greet with World Cup biathletes

  *   Presentations on biathlon training

  *   Watching World Cup biathlon racing from the coach’s box and out on the ski course!

  *   A ski waxing clinic with U.S. Biathlon Team’s World Cup wax technician Federico


Who: U.S. biathletes between ages 14-15 years old (age by December 31st, 2018) are encouraged to register. Must have some biathlon and skiing experience.

Date: February 13-17, 2019

Location: Athlete house is 10-minute drive from Soldier Hollow Ski Center

Coaches: Tim Burke Development Coach & 4x Olympian in biathlon Danika Frisbie Development Coach


Cost: $500 per athlete

Cost includes all meals, lodging, ammunition, and on-the-ground transportation during camp. Athletes and parents are responsible for getting to and from the camp. Transportation provided to/from Salt Lake City airport (if needed).

Registration: Register online using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/5pjre8gr391Kq4Vy2 or call Danika Frisbie at (802) 355-9378. The registration deadline is January 13th, 2019. A full camp schedule will be sent out in mid-January.

To make an online payment for the camp and secure your spot, go to: https://squareup.com/store/usbiathlon. You can also mail a check to:

U.S. Biathlon Association
ATTN: World Cup Youth Camp
49 Pineland Dr. Ste 301A
New Gloucester, ME 04260


Please contact Tim Burke at burketjb at gmail.com<mailto:burketjb at gmail.com> or Danika Frisbie at Danika.usbiathlon at gmail.com<mailto:Danika.usbiathlon at gmail.com> with any questions about registration or camp details.

Opportunity for Parents:
Come watch or volunteer at the 2019 Soldier Hollow Biathlon World Cup and cheer on Team USA on their home turf! General Admission is FREE to all watch all races from the ski track or the stands, or you can purchase VIP tickets for $50-$75 to watch the races from the SoHo lodge with food, drink, and other entertainment.

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World Cup Roster for 2018-19 Season

Following the completion of the Rollerski Team Trials last week in Soldier Hollow, Utah, U.S. Biathlon has announced the roster<https://teamusa.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1a409985f2eb363e0e746ef77&id=103c9be077&e=a3586efbc6> for the opening BMW IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Nov. 30-Dec. 9. The roster includes six Olympians from the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

The women’s roster, which has three start spots in Pokljuka, boasts four biathletes with Olympic experience. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) were pre-qualified for the World Cup roster prior to the rollerski trials. They will be joined by fellow 2018 Olympian Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.). A decision regarding which three athletes will start what races in Pokljuka will be made by the coaching staff at the World Cup.

At the conclusion of the Pokljuka World Cup, one woman will be selected to also compete at the IBU Cup #2 in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy, Dec. 10-16.

The U.S. men’s World Cup team for Pokljuka will include pre-qualified athletes and two-time Olympians Sean Doherty(Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), along with rollerski trials winner Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) and Travis Cooper(Kenai, Alaska). Because Cooper must compete at the IBU Cup #1, Nov. 26-Dec. 2 in Idre, Sweden, to earn his IBU qualification, Max Durschi (Ketchum, Idaho) will also travel to the World Cup in Pokljuka as a reserve. The men’s team has four start spots at the World Cup.

Selected to race at IBU Cup #2 in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy, on the women’s team were Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.),Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.) and Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.). They will be joined by one member of the BMW IBU World Cup team from Pokljuka to round out the four starting spots.

The men’s four starting spots at the IBU Cup #2 will be filled by Durtschi, Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.), Jake Brown (St. Paul, Minn.) andVasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn.)


November 19th - Maloja Headquarters welcomed, the U.S. Biathlon Team, and to start things off they dressed up in their new Maloja gear.


Years ago we could not fathom the idea of our clothing being put to the test at IBU World Cups or even at the future Olympic Games in Beijing, however an unlikely dream has come true. For us, this partnership with the amazing athletes, trainers and staff of the U.S. Biathlon Team is truly something special and we look forward to supporting them through 2022. - Maloja

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Maloja also had a special surprise for Clare Egan. It was her Birthday !



About Maloja

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NBC Sports Showcase of Biathlon Begins Sunday With BMW IBU World Cup

(November 28, 2018) -- The BMW IBU World Cup season begins Sunday in Pokljuka, Slovenia, and NBC Sports will kick off its more than 85 hours of biathlon coverage throughout the 2018-19 season across NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com<http://nbcsports.com/>, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com<http://olympicchannel.com/> and the Olympic Channel app.

Team USA is led by two-time Olympians Susan Dunklee and Sean Doherty. Dunklee, who earned silver in the mass start at the 2017 World Championships, is the only American woman to win an individual world medal. Doherty became the first U.S. biathlete to earn three individual medals at a World Championships when he won gold and two silvers at the 2013 World Junior Championships. Doherty has since repeated the feat twice more, at the 2014 and 2016 World Junior Championships.

Fans will have two times when they can watch, live streaming via one of NBC’s digital platforms described below or on scheduled TV coverage on the Olympic Channel or NBCSN.


Live IBU Biathlon World Cup coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com<http://olympicchannel.com/> and on the Olympic Channel app for those with a cable or digital media company (i.e. YouTubeTV) package. Live viewing is also available for subscribers to NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product and the Olympic Channel digital platforms. Another option is to purchase NBC’s “Snow Pass” for $69.99 by visiting NBCSportsGold.com<http://nbcsportsgold.com/>, which provides live and on-demand streaming of all NBC’s snow sports coverage for the season.


·  02 Dec 2018 06:00 Single Mixed Relay (W-M)

·  02 Dec 2018 08:30 2x6+2x7.5 Mixed Relay (W-M)

·  05 Dec 2018 08:15 Men 20 km Individual Competition

·  06 Dec 2018 08:15 Women 15 km Individual Competition

·  07 Dec 2018 08:15 Men 10 km Sprint Competition

·  08 Dec 2018 08:15 Women 7.5 km Sprint Competition

·  09 Dec 2018 05:45 Men 12.5 km Pursuit Competition

· 09 Dec 2018 08:45 Women 10 km Pursuit Competition


All linear TV coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com<http://olympicchannel.com/> and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to NBCSports.com<http://nbcsports.com/> and the NBC Sports app.



Time (ET)




05:00 PM

Single Mixed Relay – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


06:00 PM

2x6km + 2x7.5km Mixed Relay – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


12:00 PM

Men’s 20km Individual – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


12:00 PM

Women’s 15km Individual – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


12:00 PM

Men’s 10km Sprint – Pokljuka, Slovenia*



10:00 AM

Women’s 7.5km Sprint – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


08:00 PM

Men’s 12.5km Pursuit – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA


09:00 PM

Women’s 10km Pursuit – Pokljuka, Slovenia*

Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA

*Same-day delay

Schedule is subject to change

All events to stream across NBCSports.com<http://nbcsports.com/>, NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com<http://olympicchannel.com/>, and Olympic Channel app


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The new coverage plan with NBC Sports Group will feature more than 90 hours of biathlon coverage throughout the 2018-19 season across NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com<http://nbcsports.com/>, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com<http://olympicchannel.com/> and the Olympic Channel app. It will include the entire World Cup tour plus the IBU World Championships from Östersund, Sweden March 7-17.

“Biathlon – the art of skiing fast and shooting straight – is one of the most unique and physically demanding winter sports, and it provides iconic moments at every Olympics,” said Jim Bell, President, Production & Programming, NBC Olympics.”

“Biathlon has grown globally to become one of the most valuable sports through its innovation in bringing the sport to fans through broadcast,” said Cobb. “We now have the opportunity in America to expose millions of new fans to our sport.”

BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon coverage will also be available on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product powered by Playmaker Media, as well as the Olympic Channel digital platforms. The new “Snow Pass” is available for purchase now for $69.99 by visiting NBCSportsGold.com<http://nbcsportsgold.com/>.

The voice of "Here comes Diggins!" Returns
Chad Salmela will reprise his role as NBC Olympics’ biathlon and cross country analyst for coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games: calling both the cross-country World Cup and biathlon’s IBU World Cup.

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US Olympic officials visit Utah for possible 2030 bid

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Olympic Committee officials are touring Salt Lake City as they decide whether to choose Utah’s capital city or Denver as the U.S. bid city for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

The visit comes after the USOC toured Denver on Tuesday. The committee will choose between the two cities after Reno-Tahoe dropped out of the running this week, citing the financial burden.

Utah Sports Commission president Jeff Robbins says committee members will tour sites from the 2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City hosted and meet with state and city leaders.

The committee could make a recommendation for the bid city at its December meeting.

Salt Lake City says it can host again at a lower cost than other places, but it will have to overcome the stigma from a bidding scandal that marred the buildup to the 2002 Games.


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