MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC/US Biathlon to Host Teleconference to Begin Winter Sport Teleconference Series
 
On Monday, October 12, exactly four months to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will host the first teleconference in its series of on-going calls designed to preview the major winter sport competitions and feature top U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls in their attempts to make the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team.
 
The series will be conducted in cooperation with the winter sport National Governing Bodies of US Biathlon, U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation, USA Hockey, USA Curling, USA Luge, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and U.S. Speedskating.
 
U.S. Biathlon athletes Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Jeremy Teela (Anchorage, Alaska) and Haley Johnson (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will headline the first teleconference call on Monday, Oct. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. EASTERN (1 p.m. MOUNTAIN). See attached PDF to preview the athlete bios for Monday’s call.
 
The US Biathlon Team arrived in Utah earlier this week to begin an altitude camp in Heber City, Utah to prepare for the upcoming Olympic season. The athletes will make extensive use of the 2002 Olympic Biathlon Venue at Soldier Hollow, as it offers challenging roller skiing adjacent to the shooting range, with great trail running and cycling areas nearby. The U.S. athletes will be training in preparation for the December 2nd kickoff of the 2009-10 World Cup season in Östersund, Sweden.
 
Most of the World Cup Team as well as Junior and Development athletes plan to participate in the three-week camp. All of the athletes have been training at their home bases for the past several weeks since completing their late summer camps.
 
The dial-in information for all calls will be 1-800-311-9410 with the verbal passcode of TEAMUSA.
 
Additional details and information regarding the complete teleconference series will be provided late next week. However, a look at dates and likely participants for each call has been provided below.
 
Teleconference Series
 
Teleconference 1 – Monday, Oct. 12 Participants: Biathletes - Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Jeremy Teela, Haley Johnson Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Mountain
 
Teleconference 2 – Monday, Oct. 26 Participants: Figure Skaters (Athletes TBD) Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 3 – Wednesday, Nov. 4 (100 days Out) Participants: TBD Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 4 – Monday, Nov. 9 Participants: TBD Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 5 – Monday, Nov. 23 Participants: Women’s Alpine (Athletes TBD) Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 6 – Monday, Nov. 30 Participants: Men’s Alpine (Athletes TBD) Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 7 – Monday, Dec. 7 Participants: Short Track Speedskaters (Athletes TBD) Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 8 – Monday, Dec. 21 Participants: TBD Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 9 – Monday, Jan. 4 Participants: TBD Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 10 – Tuesday, Jan. 12 (1 month out) Participants: Long Track Speedskaters (Athletes TBD) Time: TBD
 
Teleconference 11 – Monday, Jan. 25 Participants: TBD Time: TBD
 
For more information, please contact Kevin Neuendorf in the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4786.