FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jerry Kokesh
US Biathlon Association
29 Ethan Allen Avenue
Colchester, Vermont 05446
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
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.