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Athletes Named for European Pre-Season Camp

by Sara Donatello

New Gloucester, ME (Oct. 17, 2023) - After an exciting weekend of trials in Utah, U.S. Biathlon has announced the roster for the European pre-season camp to take place in Vuokatti, Finland. The on-snow camp will later determine the rosters for the IBU World Cup and IBU Cup.


Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, WI/National Guard Biathlon)*

Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, WA/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)*

Margie Freed (Apple Valley, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Jackie Garso (Lake Clear, NY/Craftsbury Green Racing Project) 

Cheresa Bouley (Zimmerman, MN/Minnesota Biathlon)

Grace Castonguay (Jackson, NH/Ethan Allen Biathlon Club)

Lina Farra (Heber City, UT/NYSEF)

Michaela Keller-Miller (Plymouth, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Anna French (Plymouth, MN/Team Altius)

Alternate: Lexie Madigan (Truckee, CA/Team Crosscut)


Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH/National Guard Biathlon)*

Campbell Wright (Wanaka, NZL/U.S. Biathlon)*

Paul Schommer (Appleton, WI/Team Crosscut)

Maxime Germain (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, FRA/National Guard Biathlon)

Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, UT/Team Crosscut)

Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, VT/University of Vermont)

Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN/National Guard Biathlon)

Jake Brown (Saint Paul, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Luke Brown (Saint Paul, MN/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

Alternate: Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, WA/National Guard Biathlon)

*Pre-qualified for World Cup team

Congratulations to all of the athletes for the hard work and effort it took to get to this point,” said Lowell Bailey, U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance. “Now, for the first time ever, we will bring this larger group of athletes over to an on-snow camp in Vuokatti beforeselecting the final roster spots for the World Cup and IBU Cup teams. This will allow athletes to prove themselves on snow, closer to the competition season.”

The European pre-season camp will begin November 6 with athletes training ahead of the first BMW IBU World Cup to take place in Oestersund, Sweden, beginning November 25, and the first BMW IBU Cup to take place in Kontiolahti, Finland, beginning November 30.