Hakkinen, Teela off to worlds (Summer Biathlon)

September 23, 2009

You may assume the mood at the summer biathlon world championships are a little more chill than the winter competition, but that’s just not the case.

Jay Hakkinen

“World champs are world champs,” Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen told the United States Olympic Committee Web site.

Game on.

Hakkinen, Anchorage’s Jeremy Teela and two other Americans will represent the U.S. at the International Biathlon Union Summer Biathlon World Championships this weekend in Germany.

Jeremy Teela

The championships culminate a five-week training session in Europe for the men’s team as it prepares for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in February.

Teela appears to be the fastest on roller skis, according to this story, although the leader of the pack changes on a daily basis.

“You can’t tell exactly who would be the best … so I guess they are all in good shape,” U.S. head coach Per Nilsson told the USOC.

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