Contact: Gary Colliander
Minnesota Biathlon
Community Olympic Development Program

January 3, 2002


Salmela gets second Olympic birth, Campbell and Nahrgang qualify for first time

On the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials, Dan Campbell needed to be perfect in the range and fast on the skis. Six men had a legitamate chance at the four available spots for the 2002 Olympic Team; Campbell sitting in 5th place after the first three races needed one of his best performances to take the 4th position. Leaving his first shooting, Campbell had two penalties leaving him with some time to make up on National Team favorites Lawton Redman, Jeremy Teela and Jay Hakkinen. In Biathlon however the race is rarely decided until after the final shooting; Campbell who struggled in his final shooting yesterday would not falter for a second time. Hitting all 5 of his targets in a blazing time of 25 seconds, Campbell was back on course and ahead of Dan Westover of Jericho, VT. Westover held the fourth position in the overall point standings just ahead of Campbell. Pushing over the final 3k Campbell would put enough time on Westover to gain an Olympic birth by just 3 tenths of a point, about 7 seconds of racing. Also finishing well from Minnesota was Andy Erickson of Minnetonka in 12th place and John Kurtz of St. Louis Park in 17th.

In the Women's Competition Duluth's Kara Salmela proved that she can make the Olympic Team with strong performances in the previous three races, but nevertheless wanted to race today to lock down her place. Salmela's 4th place finish would be enough to gain a spot on her second Olympic Team. The real race today was for the 4th position; St. Cloud's Jill Krause had been skiing faster than she ever has as well as anyone in the field all week, but struggles in the range had kept her from standing on top of the podium. Going into this final race, Krause needed to beat Kristina Sabastianski of Midway, UT by over a minute. Krause would get her first win, but with three penalties even her fast skiing could not over compensate for the large time margain. Sabastianski placed 3rd with 2 penalties to gain her 2nd Olympic Team birth.

Men's Sprint - 10k (prone, standing) 
1    Lawton Redman          Heber City, UT     U.S. Nat'l Team   0 1     26:50 
2    Jay Hakkinen           Kasilof, AK        U.S. Nat'l Team   0 2     27:12 
3    Jeremy Teela           Anchorage, AK      U.S. Nat'l Team   0 3     27:23 
4    Curtis Schreiner       Day, NY            WCAP              0 0     27:41 
5    Dave Gieck             Midway, UT         U.S. Nat'l Team   3 1     27:47 
6    Dan Campbell           Hastings, MN       MN Biathlon       2 0     27:49 
12   Andy Erickson          Minnetonka, MN     MN Biathlon       0 1     29:08 
17   John Kurtz             St. Louis Park, MN Nat'l Guard       0 1     29:37 
18   Ryan Cameron           Minneapolis, MN    MN Biathlon       1 4     29:43 
19   Jacob Beste            Minneapolis, MN    Nat'l Guard       2 3     29:45 
23   Andy Fisher            St. Louis Park, MN Nat'l Guard       1 0     30:30 
24   Ben Kremer             Minneapolis, MN    MN Biathlon       0 5     30:58 
33   Brett Piper            Lakeville, MN      USOEC             3 3     32:36 

Women's Sprint - 7.5k (prone, standing) 
1    Jill Krause            St. Cloud, MN      U.S. Nat'l Team   2 1     23:39 
2    Rachael Steer          Anchorage, AK      U.S. Nat'l Team   0 0     23:47 
3    Kristina Sabastianski  Midway, UT         U.S. Nat'l Team   1 1     24:12 
4    Kara Salmela           Duluth, MN         Nat'l Guard       1 2     24:30 
5    Stacey Wooley          Ruhpolding, GER    U.S. Nat'l Team   0 2     24:47 
8    Andrea Nahrgang        Wayzata, MN        U.S. Nat'l Team   2 3     25:38 
9    Carolyn Treacy         Duluth, MN         Jr. Nat'l Team    2 2     26:02 
10   Sarah Riley            Proctor, MN        USOEC             1 3     26:40 
12   Jaime Mueller          Brainerd, MN       MN Biathlon       2 2     26:59 
15   Jill Troutner          Maple Grove, MN    MN Biathlon       3 4     27:55 
16   BethAnn Ellingson      Grand Rapids, MN   Jr. Nat'l Team    2 3     28:14