Contact: Jerry Kokesh
US Biathlon Association
29 Ethan Allen Avenue
Colchester, Vermont 05446

January 4, 2002


US Biathlon Association Announces Olympic Team Nominees

The US Biathlon Association submitted the following list of athletes as nominees to the 2002 US Olympic Biathlon Team which will compete in the Olympic Winter Games in salt Lake City in February.
            Lawton Redman               Florence, VT
            Jay Hakkinen                Kasilof, AK
            Jeremy Teela                Anchorage, AK
            Dan Campbell                Hastings, MN
            Rachel Steer                Anchorage, AK
            Kara Salmela                Duluth, MN
            Andrea Nahrgang             Wayzata, MN
            Kristina Sabasteanski       Standish, ME

The towns listed with the athletes are the hometowns. The team will be coached by Algis Shalna of Williston,VT and the assistant will be Randy Hill of Heber City, UT.

Redman is a member of the US Biathlon National Team and won 2 of the 4 races at the trials. Hakkinen, is a member of the US Biathlon National Team, won 1 of the trials races and is a veteran of the 1998 Nagano Games. Jeremy Teela is a member of the US Biathlon Team, won 1 of the Trials races and was 9th in the 2001 world Biathlon Championships Sprint. Campbell competes for Minnesota Biathlon and was a member of the Junior National Team in the late 90's

Rachel Steer is a member of the US Biathlon Team and is the top ranked US female biathlete for the last 3 years. Kara Salmela, a 1998 Olympian competes for Duluth Biathlon, and won a silver medal at the 2001 World Military Championships Biathlon. Andrea Nahrgang is a member of the US Biathlon Team and won 1 of the Trials races. Kristina Sabasteanski is a member of the US Biathlon Team and a 1998 Olympian.

The above athletes will travel to Germany Saturday for 2 World Cup Biathlon in Oberhof and Ruhpolding as preparation for the Olympic Winter Games. They will return in late January to Utah for final Games preparations.

More extensive biographical information can be obtained by contacting the US Biathlon Association Development Director at 314-434-9229 or

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.