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Contact: Gary Colliander
Minnesota Biathlon
Community Olympic Development Program
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January 2, 2002

 

U.S. Biathlon Olympic Trials - Day 3

Pursuit Format Competition: Salmela and Hakkinen battle to finish

Kara Salmela of Duluth, Minnesota was the 14th starter in today's Pursuit Format Competition. This would prove vital as Salmela made her way around the final loop; Rachael Steer of Anchorage,AK left the starting gate wearing bib #1 and took the overall lead with clean shooting. Salmela's later start allowed her to receive splits around the course letting her know where she was in comparison to Steer. In the end Salmela would gain her first win at these Olympic Trials, just 12.9 seconds ahead of Steer, Salmela hit 19 out of 20 targets. Finishing in 3rd was Wayzata native Andrea Nahrgang; Nahrgang was clean through her first two stages and was included in the close battle for 1st place, but two missed shots in each of her last two stages would leave the battle to Salmela and Steer. Finishing 6th was St. Cloud native Jill Krause, who again turned in one of the days best ski times.

In the Men's race it looked as if Dan Campbell of Hastings was going to walk away with a victory with his great skiing and spectacular shooting, 14 for 15 through his first three stages. In the final shooting Campbell failed to capitalize leaving 4 shots, which opened the door for eventual winner Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, AK. Campbell slowly ate away at some of his lost time in the final loop to gain slightly closer to the other top competitors, but would end up finishing in 8th place. Ryan Cameron of Minneapolis showed off some of his top ski form finishing in 12th place with 6 penalties. Teammate Andy Erickson of Minnetonka turned in a solid performance finishing 15th with 5 penalties, Erickson struggled his first standing position stage missing 3 targets, but came back and hit 4 of 5 targets in his final shooting.

The Biathlon Olympic Trials will conclude tomorrow with the final Sprint Competition. Four men and four women will be chosen to represent the U.S. Team in the Salt Lake Olympics this February.

Women's Pursuit Format 10k - 4 Shootings (prone, prone, standing, standing)
1     Kara Salmela          Duluth, MN        Nat'l Guard       0 0 1 0     32:34
2     Rachael Steer         Anchorage, AK     U.S. Nat'l Team   0 0 0 0     32:47
3     Andrea Nahrgang       Wayzata, MN       U.S. Nat'l Team   0 0 2 2     34:14
4     Tracy Barnes          Durango, CO       Jr. Nat'l Team    0 0 1 0     34:36
4     Kristina Sabastianski Midway, UT        U.S. Nat'l Team   1 2 0 1     34:36
6     Jill Kruase           St. Cloud, MN     U.S. Nat'l Team   2 1 3 1     34:57
7     Carolyn Treacy        Duluth, MN        Jr. Nat'l Team    2 1 0 1     35:08
11    Jaime Mueller         Brainerd, MN      MN Biathlon       2 0 1 0     36:33
12    Jill Troutner         Maple Grove, MN   MN Biathlon       1 3 1 3     37:56
14    BethAnn Ellingson     Grand Rapids, MN  Jr. Nat'l Team    3 0 2 2     38:55
16    Sarah Riley           Proctor, MN       USOEC             2 4 2 2     39:17


Men's Pursuit Format 12.5k - 4 Shootings (prone, prone, standing, standing)
1     Jay Hakkinen          Kasilof, AK       U.S. Nat'l Team   2 1 1 1     34:30
2     Dan Westover          Jericho, VT       WCAP              0 1 1 1     34:35
3     Curtis Schreiner      Day, NY           WCAP              0 1 0 0     34:43
4     Dave Gieck            Midway, UT        U.S. Nat'l Team   3 0 2 1     34:45
5     Jeremy Teela          Anchorage, UT     U.S. Nat'l Team   1 2 2 1     34:49
8     Dan Campbell          Hastings, MN      MN Biathlon       0 0 1 4     35:41
12    Ryan Cameron          Minneapolis, MN   MN Biathlon       2 2 1 1     36:47
15    Andy Erickson         Minnetonka, MN    MN Biathlon       0 1 3 1     37:29
19    Jacob Beste           Minneapolis, MN   Nat'l Guard       2 3 1 1     37:52
20    Ben Kremer            Minneapolis, MN   MN Biathlon       1 2 1 2     37:56
21    John Kurtz            St Louis Park,MN  Nat'l Guard       1 1 0 1     37:59
22    Anders Osthus         Duluth, MN        Jr. Nat'l Team    2 1 3 2     38:45
26    Brian Olsen           Bloomington, MN   Jr. Nat'l Team    1 1 2 2     39:38
31    Brett Piper           Lakeville, MN     USOEC             2 3 2 1     40:03
35    Andy Fisher           St Louis Park,MN  Nat'l Guard       1 2 2 2     40:47
36    Steve Scott           St. Paul, MN      MN Biathlon       3 2 1 1     41:35 

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