Nordic Nation: Biathlon Primer Part II with Clare Egan (Podcast)

Jason AlbertNovember 18, 2016

'Nordic Nation' Fasterskier PodcastIt may be hyperbole, but “faster than a speeding bullet,” is a good place to start when thinking about biathlon at the World Cup level. Sure, race pace is slower than a speeding bullet, but watching masterful biathletes clean their shooting rounds on the way to victory deserves statements bordering on the hyperbolic. Most of us can imagine stumbling across a finish line, lungs burning. It’s a whole other realm of precision like suffering to pound out the kilometers while intermittently trying to hit a small target.

11.12.2015, Hochfilzen, Austria (AUT): Clare Egan (USA) - IBU world cup biathlon, sprint women, Hochfilzen (AUT). (Photo: © Manzoni/NordicFocus)
Clare Egan (US Biathlon) racing at an IBU World Cup last December in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

This episode of Nordic Nation is the second of our two-part series on biathlon. The first segment featured Biathlon Canada veteran Rosanna Crawford. Up now, it’s US Biathlon’s Clare Egan. At 28, she’s now a full time International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cupper — and she picked up her first rifle at the age of 25. From Egan, we’ll learn what it’s like coming to the sport as a novice shooter with Olympic aspirations. From developing muscle memory to learning new coping strategies for when those bullets down exactly hit the bullseye, Egan fills us in. 

Clare Egan: Screen shot from the IBU World Cup. Egan shoots clean.
Clare Egan: Screen shot from the IBU World Cup. Egan shoots clean.

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Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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