Five For Friday: Biathlon

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 12, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Russell Currier competes in men's sprint at the IBU Biathlon World Cup on Jan. 13, 2017 in Ruhpolding, Germany.

 

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Two U.S. Olympic Team spots are on the line in this weekend’s IBU Cup stop in Arber, Germany.

Two men will be named from the IBU Cup roster to join eight biathlon athletes who have already been nominated to the team. Olympians Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Sean Doherty and Susan Dunklee, along with Emily Dreissigacker, Clare Egan, Maddie Phaneuf and Joanne Reid, have already secured nominations to the PyeongChang Games. The final two men will round out the 10-member squad of five athletes per gender.

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The remaining two Olympic team spots will be determined from IBU Cup results this week and also last week’s IBU Cup stop in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia. Each athlete’s top two results from four races over two weekends will be used. The competition in Arber features a 20-kilometer individual race and 10K sprint for the men, and a 15K individual race and 7.5K sprint for the women.

Competition is Friday through Sunday.

Leif Nordgren, a 2014 Olympian, and Russell Currier, also a 2014 Olympian, each had top American finishes in men’s sprint races last week in Slovakia. Joining them in the men’s competition are Paul Schommer and Jake Ellingson.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.