World Cup Season Kicks Off November 29

Nov. 03, 2015, 3:33 p.m. (ET)

(November 3, 2015) -- The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has named Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) as the fourth member of the women’s team for the opening three World Cup races in November and December. The U.S. team recently concluded a two-week training session in Utah in preparation for the World Cup season. 

"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to compete as part of Team USA on the World Cup again this winter," said Egan. "My coaches and I worked really hard this summer so I am ready to get on snow and see the work pay off."

The 2015-16 International Biathlon Union World Cup season begins Nov. 29 in Oestersund, Sweden. The schedule of events can be found HERE. Biathlon fans can also follow the action in Oestersund as it unfolds by clicking the Biathlon Webcasting button at BiathlonWorld.com

“The camp in Utah was good,” said U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jonne Kähkönen. “We wanted to focus on specific biathlon training while training at altitude. This setup has worked well in the past and the athletes have responded well to the type of training we typically do. Of course, we modify things from one year to another; this time around slightly less intensity for the women based on the experiences over the last years. Now the athletes have a couple of days of recovery before we finalize the altitude block by doing tough intensity here in Lake Placid at sea level, getting the most out of the hard work they just put in at the camp. After this two-week block in town we are headed overseas to Sjusjoen, Norway, to get on snow.” 

After Oestersund, the biathletes will travel to Hochfilzen, Austria, for World Cup 2 on Dec. 7-14, and then to Pokljuka, Slovenia, for World Cup 3, Dec. 14-20. 

“I am really looking forward to the start of the season,” added Kähkönen. “I feel like our training year has been solid and I've seen good progression throughout. I am realistic though; I know everybody is training hard and the competition is tough, but at least I know we have done our job. And the good thing is that in biathlon, you get so many opportunities during the season - even during the week - that I know we will get some top results. What it will be exactly we will find out in a few weeks.” 

U.S. roster for IBU World Cups 1-3:

Women:
Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.)
Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.)
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) 

Men:
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)
Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)
Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

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