Shooting on the new range.
After years of hard work from a bunch of motivated people and organizations, the Lake Placid Ski Jump Biathlon Venue is finally online. Located at the same venue which hosts ski jumping, aerials, and nordic combined, the new biathlon facility represents a huge positive step for our sport in the U.S. Although we already have a world cup facility in Lake Placid at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex, this venue doesn’t have paved trails, eliminating the possibility of rollerskiing and shooting in the same workout. The inability to do these “Combo” workouts has been a huge drawback for biathletes training in Lake Placid – until recently. Now, with the new Lake Placid venue running, we can do the right training, at the right time of year, without traveling long distances.
The view from the shooting points of the new range.
Right now, the venue has a limited amount of trails and a four-point shooting range. Within the next year, there are plans to expand the paved trail system and add between 1 and 2 km of new trails. This would bring Lake Placid up to the same international standards as the world-class biathlon venues of Central Europe and Scandinavia.
U.S. Development Team Coach James Upham at one of the first training sessions.
As far as my summer goes, I’ve been enjoying some training in Lake Placid over the last two months. This period will be drawing to a close on Aug. 17 when I head to Sweden for our late-summer national team training camp. While there, the team will ski in the Torsby Ski Tunnel, do physiological testing at Ostersund University, and compete in the Swedish rollerski biathlon festival. This is almost the same training schedule as last year’s Sweden camp. I’m looking forward to testing some new skis in the tunnel and getting back into the competition mindset at the Ostersund races. I hope everyone is having a good summer. Thanks for checking in.