NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Dec. 17, 2019) -- On the heels of a stellar performance at last week’s IBU Cup event in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy, Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) has been named to U.S. Biathlon’s World Cup team that will compete in Le Grand Bornand, France, Dec. 19-22. The move was announced by the U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) will join the IBU Cup team competing Dec. 18-21 in Obertilliach, Austria.
"Jake showed really strong performances throughout last week's IBU Cup races in Ridnaun, Italy," said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. "He made it into the flower ceremony for the sprint on Saturday, with a PR of 6th place, then followed it up with an impressive 14th in the mass start 60 where he posted the fastest course time that day. It's been a long road to this point, starting in April with knee and ankle surgery, three months of rehab, and a grueling training season to get back on track. After all of that, we are really excited to see Jake back on the World Cup start line."
Brown will join Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) and Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) on the U.S. men’s team at the BMW IBU World Cup in France. Competition begins Thursday with the men’s 10km sprint. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) comprise the U.S. women's World Cup roster.
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IBU CUP – OBERTILLIACH, AUSTRIA (DEC. 18-21)
Team USA will be represented by six athletes at the third IBU Cup event of the year; the men's team of Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska), Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) and Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho), and the women's squad of Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.), Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.) and Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.). The competition in Obertilliach begins with the men's 15km short individual and women's 12.5km short individual on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Following a day off on Friday, the men's 10km sprint and women's 7.5km sprint will take place on Friday, followed by the single mixed relay and mixed relay on Saturday.
Also of note, for the first time in IBU history, men and women will ski the same distances in their legs of Saturday's mixed relay. This comes about after rule changes made in IBU Congress in September.
IBU CUP TRIALS – CRAFTSBURY, VERMONT (Dec. 19-22)
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vt., will play host to a domestic IBU Trials, Dec. 19-22. Point lists will be calculated off of the best two out of three results for each athlete.
"Despite a recent spell of warm weather, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center had done an incredible job putting together an excellent course for our next round of IBU Cup Trials," said U.S. Biathlon Director of Athlete Development Tim Burke. "We will have three races in Craftsbury that determine who will move on to the next round of IBU Cup Trials in Arber, Germany. Athletes are primed and ready to go as this is one of the few remaining chances for our athletes to earn the opportunity to race on the European circuits this winter."
HOW TO WATCH BMW IBU WORLD CUP ACTION THIS WEEK:
The BMW IBU World Cup from Le Grand Bornand, France, will be broadcast live on The Olympic Channel. In addition, live stream coverage will be available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold and OlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports and Olympic Channel app are available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
You can find the NBC Sports Gold streams at, https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow?utm_tags=goldsnow1065.