Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. Younger athletes start with paintball guns and air rifles to experience the sport and learn fundamentals. Junior Race Team athletes progress to biathlon rifles, begin carrying the rifle and learn proper range procedure. Athletes should be able to ski at levels comparable to cross-country skiers of a similar age group within the region. Shooting focus is on consistency and cadence from both the prone and standing positions.
The Olympic Setting
We strive to give each athlete the best experience possible. Whether the athlete is putting skis on for the first time or has qualified for an international trip, our outcome goals are not necessarily results based on the race course, but based on successfully developing our athletes to be well rounded individuals in and out of competition.
Additionally, we live and train alongside the US Biathlon team in Lake Placid and get to use Olympic training facilitates that only motivate our athletes to pursue the sport. NYSEF alums and Olympians like Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey and Board Member and Olympian, Andrea Burke are within the region to support our athletes and staff whenever they are able to do so.