Laura Spector – one of the top US female biathletes – has joined FasterSkier as a blogger. Laura had some impressive results last winter both domestically and in Europe, including a National Junior title. This past winter, she competed in the Youth/Junior World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany and the next week jumped to the Senior Level at the Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund. Sweden. In her senior debut, she placed 62nd in the 15K Individual and competed in the Mixed Relay. She placed 6th in the Junior Pursuit at the European Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. The 6th place was the best international result of her career.
Writes Laura in his blog intro:
“I started out as a Nordic skier but after one summer biathlon camp in 2002 and the few more months it took for snow to arrive I was determined to be a biathlete. I spent the 2007/2008 season preparing myself to enter into the biathlon world as a senior. The MWSC biathlon program under Gary Colliander in Fort Kent, Maine gave me the boost I needed to make it to the national team. I have the unique situation of attending classes at Dartmouth College during the spring and summer where I’ve figured out how to delicately balance academics with a hefty summer training load. Through this blog I’m hoping to set a good example on how to progress as an athlete while living an intensely academic lifestyle and hopefully be a model to young athletes who are unsure of which path to take when faced with similar options. I’m also hoping to provide a picture of the biathlon circuit and inspire any of you who have considered what fun it would be to combine shooting and skiing to give it a shot! I hope I can prove to everyone out there that you really can do it all.”
You can visit Laura Spectors's blog:
Read more about him on his “About” page:
We are very excited to have Laura Spector blogging on FasterSkier! She will bring another unique perspective on cross-country ski racing and training.
Additionally we have made some minor changes to the organization of the blogs. There are now two categories – “Featured” and “Other.” Featured blogs are written by high profile athletes and programs or contain content that appeal to a wide audience. Those writing in the “Other” section may not be have the credentials of the “Featured” bloggers, but their stories and commentary are no less interesting. Be sure to check in on these blogs as well, including another new blogger – Nat Herz, a skier for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Nat will bring the perspective of an aspiring collegiate racer to the blogosphere. Visit Nat's blog at http://blogs.fasterskier.com . “Other” blogs are accessible from the FasterSkier blog home ( http://blogs.fasterskier.com ) at the bottom of the page, and at the bottom of the left nav on any blog page.