Biathlon Junior Development Training Camp
Jericho, Vermont- March 9-12, 2014

Who:  This training camp is for xc skiers age 13-19 who are competing at a high level in cross country skiing and want to see what biathlon training is like.  This camp is also for those who have some biathlon experience and are looking to get some additional coaching.

What:  This camp will focus on intensive biathlon marksmanship training, though we will make time to ski train, during the 4 day camp. Each athlete will have a rifle set up for them individually, and will learn range procedure and shooting techniques.  We will run a biathlon race on the morning of March 12th so you can put your new skills to the test.  We will have an option for athletes to stay and compete at the US Biathlon National Championships, March 13-16, though this option would primarily be for those with previous biathlon experience.  Athletes interested in staying through March 16 should inquire with Piotr Bednarski,

When & Where: Camp Ethan Allen, Jericho, Vermont, March 9-12, 2014, with possible extension to March 16th.    We will begin training on March 9th at Camp Ethan Allen, Walker building, beginning at 12noon.

How to Apply: Please email or call Piotr Bednarski, Director of Athlete Development- 952/237-0765 cell, to discuss your skiing results and see if you are qualified.  Please include a summary of your best xc skiing performances.  Please list other outstanding athletic performances, as well as any previous biathlon experience.  The camp is limited to 16 athletes.  Note that athletes applying to this camp are expected to already be skiing at a high level. Qualification to one of the XC Junior National regional teams is considered the standard at which athletes need to be performing in order to qualify for this camp.  Those that did not qualify for XC JN’s can still apply, and performance in regional xc skiing and in other endurance sports will be considered.

Coaching: Algis Shalna (Olympic Gold Medalist and former Head National Team Coach), Eric Tremble (former Jr World Championship Team athlete), Vladimir Cervenka (Jr National Team Coach), Seth Huybbard (Maine Winter Sports Center) and Piotr Bednarski (Director of Athletes Development) will be conducting daily training with help from additional regional biathlon coaches and experienced athletes.

Transportation:  US Biathlon will pick up athletes by van in Stowe, Vermont at the conclusion of Junior Olympics on Sunday, March 9 by 9:30 am, arriving in Jericho around 11:00am.  Athletes will be transported to departing flights on the afternoon of March 12 (best for flights departing after 12noon), or on March 16th (flights after 1pm).  Please email Piotr at with your flight info and cell number.

EquipmentUS Biathlon Will provide rifles and ammunition for all novices at the training camp.  All you need to bring is your skis and be ready to train and learn.  If you have your own biathlon rifle, we encourage you to bring it.  We can arrange a place for you to ship it to if necessary.

Housing:  We will be staying on the National Guard Army base, Camp Ethan Allen, Jericho, VT.  We will stay in barracks (Army style!) that are set up in a dorm style- 6 to a room.  Athletes will need a sleeping bag.  We’ll have meals there, and will go out for dinners.  Contact phones:  Piotr Bednarski- 952 237 0765, Algis Shalna 802 355 8495.

Training Day:  A typical training day will look something like this:

7am breakfast, 8:00am rifle fitting/drills, 8:30 depart for skiing/shooting 12pm lunch, 1:00-2:30pm rest, nap, clean rifles, 3:00pm  afternoon training/shooting, 5:30pm dinner preparation, eating, clean up, 7:30pm group dryfire and training discussion, 10pm get to sleep

Costs, Room and Board:  US Biathlon will take care of all housing, food, and ground transport arrangements (from Stowe, and to Burlington Airport).

1)    Cost for athletes arriving by van from Stowe on March 9th and staying through March 12 is $ 300.  This includes ground transport from Stowe, room/board, coaching and rifle use/ammunition.
2)    Cost for athletes arriving on March 9th and staying through March 16, $500. 

Note: this does not include entry fees to National Championship races, or ammunition for race days.



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