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.
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.
SMST2 Head Coach Gus Kaeding, 29, came to the striking realization this winter that he couldn’t see himself coaching in 10 years. With that in mind, he decided to plot a new future, which could include a master’s in finance. His contract is up at the end of June, but Kaeding plans to help Stratton transition to a new elite-team coach.
Justyna Kowalczyk announced at a recent Polish press conference that she’s going to continue racing at the highest level for another season, but with some changes to her training. “Sixteen years of training left marks on my body and I need a rest,” she said. “The training will be aimed for the World Championships in Falun.”
In Cutting Ski Team, Gustavus Adolphus Discounts High-Achieving Students, Alumni – And Risks Losing Future Enrollees
Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team – which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships – were shocked when the team’s varsity status was removed last week. They don’t believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn’t have picked Gustavus.