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US Biathlon Association
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January 3, 2002


Krause and Redman Take National Championships At Biathlon Trials

Jill Krause of St. Cloud, MN and Lawton Redman, of Florence, VT won the US National Sprint Championships in the final race of the US Biathlon Olympic Trials today in Heber City, UT.

For Redman, this was his third National Championship in the last 9 months. He previously had won the Individual and Pursuit Championships last March in West Yellowstone, MT. The win today was his second of the Trials and put him in a solid position to make the US Biathlon Olympic Team, which is to be announced later today. Krause won her first National Championship and her first race of the Trials.

With Olympic Team positions on the line today for many athletes, tension was high and nerves were on edge. Accordingly, the shooting was not as accurate for many of the athletes as in previous competitions .In the men's race, Redman recorded only 1 penalty while 2nd placer Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, AK and 3rd finisher Jeremy Teela, missed 2 and 3 targets respectively. Their fast skiing kept them close to Redman. Hakkinen crossed the line 22.1 seconds behind Redman and Teela another 10.5 back. These results kept these 3 US Biathlon Team members at the top of the points list for top positions on the Olympic Biathlon Team.

Like the 2nd and 3rd men, Krause recorded 3 range penalties, but her lightening fast skis carried her to victory. She finished 8.5 seconds ahead of Rachel Steer of Anchorage, AK who was perfect on the shooting range for the second straight day. another 24,8 seconds back was Kristina Sabasteanski of Standish , ME. Sabasteanski, Usually a 90% shooter, missed 2 of the 10 targets today. The top finishers from the previous day's events, Kara Salmela of Duluth, MN and Andrea Nahrgang, of Wayzata, MN fell to 4th and 8th respectively. These final races did not effect their positions on the points list to determine the Olympic Biathlon Team.

Each athlete counts 3 of the 4 races to determine the final standings for Olympic Team selection. The US Biathlon Olympic Team will be announced at 5 pm today.

The US Biathlon Team Competes under the auspices of the US Biathlon Association, the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Biathlon. LL Bean, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Federal Cartridge, and Exel Ski Poles sponsor the US Biathlon Team.