U.S. Biathlon Proud to Announce Partnership with Auto Europe

By Bill Kellick | March 28, 2017, 12:53 p.m. (ET)


Press Hotel, Portland, Maine (March 28, 2017) --  Auto Europe CEO, Imad Khalidi, announced today a partnership between his global car rental company, Outdoor Sport Institute (OSI) and the U.S. Biathlon Team at the Press Hotel in Portland, Maine. This new deal will provide support for OSI’s, formerly Maine Winter Sports Center’s, highly successful Biathlon Development Program; a program that has produced 15 Olympians and Paralympians in its first 17 seasons, including recent world champion Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.). 

“We are proud to be supporting the U.S. Biathlon Team’s Development Program in Maine, the Outdoor Sport Institute,” said Khalidi. “With such a strong program here in Maine, this partnership allows us to make a difference where we live while also supporting an impressive U.S. team in their pursuits abroad.”

Bailey, an alumnus of OSI, became the first American to win a world championship in biathlon when he took the gold in the 20-kilometer individual race in Hochfilzen, Austria in February. He was on hand to offer his perspective on this new announcement.

“OSI was there for me when there was no other coaching and training support available,” said Bailey. “That support allowed me to make my first Olympic Team in 2006 and go on to the National Team. It was the bridge that allowed me to continue my career. I’m excited about this new partnership because it means other kids in Maine will be able to chase their biathlon dreams too.”

This new partnership adds Auto Europe to OSI’s best-in-class family of Maine brands, including L.L.Bean, Emera Maine, the Press Hotel and Inn of Acadia.

“Our transition from the Maine Winter Sports Center name to Outdoor Sport Institute was to reflect the fact that we are a year-round, statewide organization and committed to making a difference in people’s lives through our curriculum of empowerment,” said Andy Shepard, president, CEO and founder of OSI. “While we are not just a winter organization, we are still very proud of our winter programs and this partnership with Auto Europe will ensure we can continue to offer our world-class coaching and support to aspiring biathletes in Maine.”

This deal will also include support for the U.S. Biathlon Team’s travel needs as they compete in Europe. Bill Burke, chairman of the U.S. Biathlon board of directors said, “OSI has been an important part of the development program for the U.S. Biathlon Team for a long time. Having a world-class company like Auto Europe join our team will give every kid in Maine a shot at their Olympic Dreams.”



About Auto Europe 

With over 60 years of experience in the rental car industry, Auto Europe specializes in helping travelers find the best car rental rates in Europe and other popular destinations around the world. Auto Europe’s deep understanding of the complexities of renting cars abroad paired with their knowledgeable team of rental specialists (available 24/7) allows Auto Europe to provide travelers with the highest quality service in the industry before, during and after their rental. To find the best rate on a car rental for your next trip abroad or to learn more about renting a car in Europe visit www.autoeurope.com. 

About Outdoor Sport Institute

The Outdoor Sport Institute (OSI) is a unique 501c3. We know changing lives starts and ends with communities—making an active lifestyle and an empowered life accessible to everyone. We bring a team of dedicated professionals, a diversity of award-winning programs, and world-class resources to thousands across Maine, and beyond. 

We are educators using a unique, holistic approach, combining outdoor sport and Maine’s natural landscape, to empower people of all ages to lead lives of purpose and create positive, lasting change. OSI is redefining what is possible. To learn more about what we do, or to donate, please visit us at www.outdoorsportinstitute.org.

About U.S. Biathlon

U.S. Biathlon, headquartered in New Gloucester, Maine, is the national governing body for the sport of biathlon in the United States and exists to support and encourage the development of biathlon and to prepare American athletes for international competition, including the Olympic Winter Games. Founded in 1980, USBA works with Biathlon Clubs and Regional Centers around the country to organize training and competition at the grass roots level and staffs and finances the US Biathlon Team, Development Team and Junior Team. www.USBiathlon.org