New Gloucester, ME. Seven athletes have been named by the International Competition Committee (ICC) to compete in the January European Cup competitions in Langdorf, Germany and Osrblie, Slovakia, with three of the seven also pre-qualifying for the 2008 Biathlon World Junior Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany later that month.
The athletes were selected based on the results from first two North American Cup competitions and the USBA International Team Criteria. The Europa Cup Team includes three senior women and one senior man: Caitlin Compton (Minneapolis, MN), Haley Johnson (Lake Placid, NY, and Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) and Robert (Duncan) Douglas (Lake Placid, NY). Joining this group will be the three athletes who have pre-qualified for the Biathlon Junior World championships: Wynn Roberts (Battle Lake, MN), Leif Nordgren (Marine-on-St. Croix, MN), and Laura Spector (Lenox, MA).
Additionally, the ICC will announce financial incentives for athletes competing at North American Cups 4-7 by December 21. These incentives will provide financial support to go on to compete at the North American Championships at Mt Itasca, MN, and the Canadian Nationals in Vancouver, BC.
Live streaming video coverage of Biathlon World Cup competitions for the remainder of the season, as well as archived highlights, is available by clicking the athlete photo at the top of the news column at www.usbiathlon.org.