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Due to some communication miscues, we were initially unable to get in touch with Jean Paquet regarding the elimination of his coaching position with Biathlon Canada. Now we have: here’s his side of the story about how the Valcartier National Team Center is being shut down, and what the centralization push may mean for the future of Canadian biathlon.
Chris Lindsay and Matthias Ahrens of Biathlon Canada have both confirmed that the national team’s Valcartier training center will be closed down later this spring, and with it coach Jean Paquet’s contract has not been renewed. Ahrens hoped that Paquet would still provide staffing on race tours; Paquet’s athlete Jean Philippe Le Guellec lamented the centralization push that was a major part of the decision.
This winter, researchers built a rollerski with strain gauges to measure force application and work on technique; studied the microclimate inside your ski boots; put out a consensus statement about overuse injuries in young athletes; and studied the female athlete triad, an energy deficiency syndrome which can lead to bone loss.
Craftsbury seeks to hire a Biathlon Coach to start in the late Spring/early Summer of 2014. This would be a full-time position; the coach will also be expected to participate in other projects and activities at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as time permits. Compensation could include most meals, and a place to live.
Unless you’re the audacious Liz Stephen or Overall World Cup Champion Therese Johaug, you’re probably not a huge fan of hill climbs. However, when the mid-April temps turn our favorite trails into puddles, nordic ski enthusiasts have to get creative to get their on-snow skiing fix before spring training begins.
Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”
The U.S. biathlon team says that they were far from surprised when Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee broke through and onto the podium at the end of this season. That gains the team some recognition: “It’s obvious that we have more athletes that are a threat for everybody now for the top results,” head coach Per Nilsson says.