NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (April 10, 2015) - U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has presented the following nominations for the 2015-16 National Team to the U.S. Biathlon Board of Directors.
|A Team:||A Team:|
|Annelies Cook||(Saranac Lake, N.Y.)||Lowell Bailey||(Lake Placid, N.Y.)|
|Hannah Dreissigacker||(Morrisville, Vt.)||Tim Burke||(Paul Smiths, N.Y.)|
|Susan Dunklee||(Barton, Vt.)||Sean Doherty||(Center Conway, N.H.)|
|Clare Egan||(Cape Elizabeth, Maine)||Leif Nordgren||(Marine, Minn.)|
|X Team:||X Team:|
|Maddie Phaneuf||(Old Forge, N.Y.)||Max Durtschi||(Sun Valley, Idaho)|
|Patrick Johnson||(Truckee, Calif.)|
|National Development Group:|
|Siena Ellingson||(Minnetonka, Minn.)||National Development Group:|
|Chloe Levins||(Rutland, Vt.)||Paul Everett||(Tacoma, Wash.)|
The ICC is holding off on B Team nominations until after the Rollerski National Championships, Aug. 15-16.
"We have greater depth than ever before -- five athletes with top-16 World Cup finishes, a junior with a medal and a rookie with a World Cup point," said U.S. Biathlon Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler. "We have two very strong groups of four athletes per gender on the A Team, who will benefit from training next to each other and together on a daily basis in Lake Placid. With an efficient training set-up and use of the two biathlon venues in Lake Placid starting in May, we will provide our athletes competitive group training mixed with very specific individualized plans."
About the plans for the summer Eisenbichler said: "The first training camp gets underway May 6 in Lake Placid with athletes in residence there through June and July. There will be a big focus on very structured and efficient work in Lake Placid during this time and for most of the athletes the big focus will be to work on shooting improvements. With the venue set-up we have in Lake Placid right now, we find everything we need for training during that time. We will mix things up a little by going to Jericho, Vermont, for a few workouts in between. In July, we will head to Sweden for our annual European camp, ending with skiing in the Torsby ski tunnel for a week for ski tests and ski technique work. A few athletes have been invited to the Blink Festival in Norway just before that and will participate there. After coming back from Europe, the whole team will compete at the Rollerski National Championships in Jericho, Vermont, August 15-16."