BIATHLON - Max Cobb to Carry Olympic Flame Today

April 09, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
San Francisco, CA, April 9. US Biathlon Executive Director Max Cobb (Westford, VT) is among the select group of 80 people who will carry the Olympic torch in its only North American appearance in the US, as it winds its way around the globe this month. The torchbearers include Olympic Gold medalists, essay contest winners, sponsor representatives, and a group of 14 representatives of the US Olympic Committee. USBA Chairman Larry Pugh commented on Cobb's selection,"The USOC selected six people to carry the Torch that embodied the spirit of the Olympic movement. Max's enthusiasm for the Olympic movement is clear in everything he does and this is a very well deserved honor."The relay starts at 1PM PDT at McCovey Cove and ends at Justin Herman Plaza near the San Francisco City Hall. According to information in today's San Francisco Chronicle, the route could change because of expected protests. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newman stated, "The likelihood that things will change is greater than the likelihood that things will not change." The Torch Relay in San Francisco is part of a planned 85,000-mile journey for the Olympic Flame before it arrives in Beijing in August. The US Biathlon website has an RSS feed, available by clicking the RSS logo on our homepage to get the address and all of the latest biathlon news. The United States Biathlon Association is the National Governing Body for the sport of biathlon in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Biathlon Union. The US Biathlon Association supports the US Biathlon Team and development of the sport on all levels within the United States. TD Banknorth is the title sponsor of the US Biathlon Team. Lapua, adidas, and Exel Ski Poles are supporting sponsors of the US Biathlon Team.