Title

Feature article on biathlon, the Winter Olympics sport that combines cross-count

Authors

Ken Textor

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2002

Pages

50-53, 68

Abstract

Feature article on biathlon, the Winter Olympics sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, which is redefining Aroostook County. National competitions that are proving grounds for the Olympics have already been held in Fort Kent, a town of slightly more than 4,000 permanent residents. Max Saenger, a former international biathlon competitor and coach and now chief operating officer at the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC), operating out of the old Loring Air Force Base facility in Limestone, is the primary motivating influence behind the region's new interest in biathlon events. Andy Sheppard of MWSC says the center will submit a bid for hosting not only the World Championships, but also World Cup biathlon events in 2004 and 2005. The MWSC began in 1999 with a $1-million grant from the philanthropic Libra Foundation of Portland, which has since contributed an additional $6 million to the MWSC effort.

Subjects

Biathlon, Maine Winter Sports Center

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