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U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

Annelies Cook during the 7.5 k sprint at the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships, also the first set of USBA World Cup trials, on Aug. 16 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Scott Perras (l) with Devon Kershaw on his heels in Monday's Frozen Thunder distance race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

Frozen Thunder before opening day on Oct. 18. (Photo: CCC/Facebook)

Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”

Six U.S. Biathletes Receive National Team Promotions

Clare Egan competing at Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, earlier this summer. The Craftsbury Green Racing Project athlete received a promotion from the U.S. Biathlon Association's Development Team to its X Team.

Clare Egan and Max Durtschi have been promoted to the highest rung of U.S. Biathlon’s Development structure, while Patrick Johnson, Kelsey Dickinson, Jakob Ellingson, and Paul Schommer have joined the Development Group.

After Skiing Success, Johnson Sets Eyes on 2018 Games – In Biathlon

Patrick Johnson of the Far West Elite Team rollerskiing at the Auburn Ski Club in June. Johnson recently switched his focus to biathlon. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

After moving to Truckee, California, a little over a year ago to join the Far West Elite Team, Patrick Johnson has picked up biathlon. Now a member of USBA’s Development Team, he has his sights set on IBU Cup racing this year and hopefully an Olympics in the future.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: The Men

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen (l) celebrates a photo-finish victory over France's Martin Fourcade (r) in the men's 15 k mass start at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Martin Fourcade has mono and Emil Hegle Svendsen lacks motivation. Will new superstars break through this season? The men’s World Cup field has been heating it up this summer with a YouTube shooting challenge, showing that they are just as on-target as ever.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: Ladies’ Landscape Changes

Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Finland's IBU Overall World Cup champion, with her crystal globe at the IBU's Trophie Night. (Photo: IBU/Evegeny Tumashov)

Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!

Burke, Dunklee Edge Teammates in Whiteface Footrace (with Photo Gallery)

Tim Burke

“You know we do other workouts,” Tim Burke says with a laugh more than halfway up the 4,867-foot Whiteface Mountain. Minutes before, the U.S. biathlete completed Tuesday’s big effort in 13 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing about 1,300 feet higher than he started for a new record in the hill climb named after him.

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

Max Cobb, who besides acting as CEO of USBA also chaired the International Biathlon Union's Technical Committee, receives a hug from a fellow official after U.S. athlete Susan Dunklee placed fifth in the 2012 World Championships.

U.S. Biathlon’s Max Cobb also chaired the IBU Technical Committee for the past several years – and he just passed rule changes at the IBU Congress that include a system-wide qualification points system and added Wild Card entries to major events. “People voted in favor of a more fair, open, and sporting system – I was really gratified,” Cobb said.

From Learning to Shoot to Making the Team, Egan Reflects on Her Biathlon Rise

Clare Egan racing to first in the the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships junior pursuit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Gordon Vermeer/Flickr)

In her second year of biathlon, Clare Egan is a member of U.S. Biathlon’s development group and already seeing strides this season. In August, she placed third at North American Rollerski Championships for her best-ever biathlon result. “My skiing’s just going to keep getting better … and with the shooting, I have to just put in the time,” she says.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham (l) and Para-nordic High Performance Director, John Farra,

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

Emma Lunder competing in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in March. Photo:

Emma Lunder placed 30th in her World Cup debut last season. The Canadian biathlete has since gained funding, training partners, and motivation: “Anytime I’m doing a really brutal workout, I just think to myself, if you can get through this, you’re one step closer to racing in Pokljuka again!”

After Retiring from Pro Cycling, Durtschi Turns to Biathlon

After four years of professional cycling Max Durtschi has made the decision to join the biathlon  community. (Photo: Max Durtschi)

Max Durtschi left cross-country ski racing in 2009 for a professional career in cycling. Now that he’s retired, Durtschi has his sights set on a new frontier: Biathlon.

North American Biathlon Rollerski Championships in Photos

2014 North American Rollerski Championships 7.5 k sprint at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

Lowell Bailey went 2 for 2 on the weekend in Jericho, and two different U.S. women edged Canada’s Rosanna Crawford for victories at the North American Rollerski Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range.

As IBU Congress Nears, Many Rule Changes Up for Debate

IBU race officials were forced to call off a World Cup relay mid-race last season when fog rolled in and obscured the targets. Now, they are considering rule changes to better deal with these situations in the future.

Up for voting at the IBU Congress in September will be proposals for how to deal with mid-race cancellations, whether to amend the penalty in youth individual races, and whether age limits are appropriate at Open European Championships – as well as the creation of an entirely new junior racing circuit.

Post-Biathlon, Studebaker Returns to the College Scene as Assistant Coach at University of Alaska Anchorage

Studebaker competing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When Nicole De Yong stepped down from the UAA coaching staff, head coach Andrew Kastning wanted to hire another woman – but female coaches aren’t easy to come by. Luckily, 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sara Studebaker had just moved to town. “I’m really excited to be here,” she told FasterSkier.

Defending IBU World Cup Champ Mäkäräinen Hopes for Health and Happiness in 2015

Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen shooting at her home course in Kontiolahti, Finland, where she hosted the U.S. women's team in late July. (Photo: Jonne Kähkönen)

With another World Cup crystal globe in hand, Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen, 31, is gearing up for another season and World Championships at home in Kontiolahti. It hasn’t been easy: she was sick for two months from May through June.

Tikhonov Brings Color to Politically Tense Race for IBU Presidency

Alexander Tikhonov in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, in 2007. Photo: vow via creative commons.

Convicted in arranging the attempted murder of a regional governor in 2000, Alexander Tikhonov is never dull. One of the best biathletes of all time, he hopes to return to the international spotlight by becoming IBU President. Canada’s Jim Carrabre is also taking on Anders Besseberg, who has held the position since 1993.

Sachenbacher-Stehle Requests 3-Month Ban: ‘I Do Not Want to Cede as a Doping Sinner’

Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle (27) in the quaterfinals of the 2007 Tour de Ski in Prague. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite being handed a two-year ban at age 33, Germany’s Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle isn’t throwing in the towel. Rather, she’s seeking a three-month ban instead so she can repair her image and retire on a high note.

U.S. Biathlon Women’s Coach Kähkönen on Team’s Scando Tour

The U.S Biathlon women's team after an uphill interval session up Koli, the highest point in southern Finland, with coach Jonne Kähkönen (l) and his wife (r), who also rollerskied up, and  Finnish World Cup champion Kaisa Mäkäräinen (second from l). (Photo: Jonne Kähkönen)

Following the final week of training in Finland and three days of rollerski races at the coveted Blink Festival in Norway, U.S. Biathlon coach Jonne Kähkönen gives an across-the-pond update from his native Finland.