This article was provided by Brian Olsen of www.frozenbullet.com
Twenty-seven year old biathlete Rachel Steer had a tremendous season last year. She recorded five top-twenty results, which makes her 2003/04 season the most successful for an American female in at least the past decade.
Steer’s strength lies in her intense mental focus on the shooting range. That ability has helped her become one of the best shooters in the sport, not only in the United States, but in the world. At the World Cup event in Lake Placid, she was the only competitor to hit every target in both races.
Her successes last season came after she moved back to her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska after many seasons of training with the U.S. National Team, and her former personal coach in Germany. I interviewed her last week while she was home in Anchorage, preparing for the coming season.