US Biathlon Team Posts Historic Finish in World Cup
A steadily improving United States Biathlon Team posted historic Silver and Bronze medal winning performances at a major World Cup competition in Ostersund, Sweden recently as the team gains world attention leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, N.Y. made history twice at the World Cup event. His Silver medal performance in the 20km Individual competition tied the best World Cup finish ever for a U.S. Biathlete and Tim followed that performance by capturing the bronze Medal in the Men’s 10km sprint event. Burke’s bronze medal marked the first time a U.S. Biathlete has ever reached the podium in the sprint competition-and the first time that Americans have won silver and bronze medals in the same competition.
The U.S. Biathlon team has been called the most improved team in the world by Olympic and Biathlon experts. Michael Dixon, Eurosport TV Biathlon Commentator, recently proclaimed, “The United States Biathlon Team is the most improved in the world. It won’t be long before a moment of brilliance brings them to the podium for their first Olympic medal.”
“Biathlon is a sport that captivates and fascinates nearly all who see it”, commented Max Cobb, Executive Director of the U.S. Biathlon Association. “The world-class Biathlete attempts to combine the physically demanding sport of cross-country skiing with the intense precision of rifle marksmanship. The opposing disciplines collide with unique drama at the shooting range. With hearts pounding nearly three times a second, athletes struggle to control their breathing as they attempt to hold their rifles steady and squeeze off a successful shot, knowing that each shot, and the number of seconds it takes to make it, will determine who stands on the podium that day.”
The shooting sports community in America is justifiably proud of the tradition and success of our U.S. Olympic shooting team during the Summer Olympic Games. Biathlon provides an opportunity to expand that positive exposure for shooting sports to the Winter Olympics, as well.
“The USBA recently created a High Performance Plan that included an emphasis on improving our shooting performance,” Cobb outlined. “Thanks to that High Performance Plan and to lots of hard work by our athletes and coaches, we have never been better positioned for a trip to the Olympic medal stand.” Copies of the 50-page High Performance Plan are being shared with the team’s “Team 2010″ supporters.
“Team 2010″, a major initiative by the United States Biathlon Association (USBA) to broaden shooting sports industry support as the team prepares for the 2010 Olympics, has received a major boost from the National Shooting Sports Foundation and from several leading firearms and ammunition manufacturers who recognize the public relations value of a strong U.S. performance in Vancouver.