Olympian Named To Key U.S. Biathlon Operations Role

Jan. 10, 2020, 11:50 p.m. (ET)
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (January 10, 2020) – U.S. Biathlon has taken a big step in organizational management with the hiring of Olympian Sara Studebaker-Hall to a new role as Director of Operations. A two-time Olympic biathlete (2010, 2014), Studebaker-Hall will take over a new position at U.S. Biathlon that consolidates key responsibilities in operations, communications and funding development.

Studebaker-Hall, an Idaho native, grew up as an athlete and was a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team from 2007-14, competing at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics. She presently serves on the U.S. Biathlon Association board of directors and on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council. Since her retirement as an athlete in 2014, she served as a cross country ski coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and as cross country ski program manager and head coach at Utah’s Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow.

“Sara stood out for her strong background in biathlon at all levels, as an athlete, coach, program leader, World Cup organizer and as a proven leader on the USOPC’s Athlete Advisory Council,” said U.S. Biathlon President and CEO Max Cobb. “Her new role completes our vision for a fully-formed organization ready to grow biathlon nationwide.”

Over the past two years, U.S. Biathlon has made extensive changes to its athletic programs. World champion Lowell Bailey now serves as High Performance Director, with Tim Burke and Danika Frisbie fostering athlete development and coaches education. Studebaker-Hall’s role will develop vital financial support for the burgeoning athletic programs that are starting to show promise with breakthrough international performances.

As Director of Operations, her role will be diverse. She will oversee organizational administration, including compliance with SafeSport and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency programs. Her communications responsibility will include telling the story of U.S. Biathlon and its athletes to the public as well as management of multifaceted stakeholder communications. She will also oversee sponsorship, fund development and public support for U.S. Biathlon programs.

“Over the past few years, U.S. Biathlon has had great, positive momentum,” said Studebaker-Hall. “I look forward to bringing my background as an athlete, coach and program leader to help support our athletes and continue to grow the organization.

Studebaker-Hall will be based in Utah, near Soldier Hollow which continues to be an important training and competition venue. She played a key role there last February with the IBU World Cup Biathlon. U.S. Biathlon, which is headquartered in New Gloucester, Maine, also has its high performance program based at the Olympic venue in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“Our presence at the Olympic venues in Lake Placid and Soldier Hollow is important for us,” added Cobb. “As the sport continues to grow in the western region, it is important to have staff on the ground who can ensure we maximize potential development.”

She will begin her role in late February.