Biathletes continue to train even with uncertain season.
Fort Kent , Maine (WAGM) -
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center continues to host biathletes from New England. It wasn’t that many years ago that several Olympians would make the trip to Fort Kent to train when they weren’t in Europe. Now the area is concentrating on younger biathletes who are graduating High School or who are in College. This summer we introduced you to a couple o athletes from Southern Maine who were training at the facility. They are now in College, but other athletes have made the trip north from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to train in the St John Valley.
(Carl Theriault):”Four full time training biathletes right now and our group of younger kids who are training with us as well. All the college kids will be coming back shortly so we will have a team of 7 or 8 18 or 19 year kids training full time for the next six weeks.”
Tuesday the Fort Kent Outdoor Center was a busy place as people put on the skis and enjoyed natural snow for the first time this season. This will be an interesting year for the people involved in competitive skiing and biathlon. Several biathlon events and US National events have been cancelled because of COVID 19 and while there is a lot of uncertainty about holding competitions Theriault says the athletes will still train hard.
Theriault:” Right now it is get out and ski regardless of what happens to our season. It’s a great year for training and to build skills. Let’s just keep being positive day by day. We will see what happens. I am assuming by January we will start to see our events come back.”
Abigail Streinz has had a lot success in Nordic Skiing. She spent time in Europe during the 2018 19 season and also won the Eastern High School Ski Championships. She also had a podium finish earlier this year at the U 20 Junior Nationals. Streinz says that she is ready for whatever the season brings.
(Abigail Streinz):”Just the feel of racing and skiing
She says that she loves the sport and even if she can’t compete at the National and International level she will still enjoy her times on the trail.
Streinz:”I am just excited to go out and ski and see how I feel. I love to ski even though we can’t ski big races I am looking forward to racing local ones.”
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