Off to a great start!
The second weekend of racing took Lanny to Beitostolen, Norway where she once again posted some great results. The first race was a 15 kilometer individual race where shooting is the key with a minute added on to your overall time for each missed target at the shooting range and four total bouts of shooting. Lanny skied well and shot great, but ended up with 2 penalties out of 20. Despite the missed targets she ended up placing 18th out of 100 competitors and not far out of the running for a medal. The next day was a much shorter race known as the sprint. This race only has 2 shooting stages, one prone and one standing. The previous weekend lanny placed 13th with clean shooting, this weekend she had one penalty and placed 16th. The best part about this result was that even with a 16th place, she was much closer in time to the top 3. Lanny’s inching her way up towards the top! This week she’ll be in Hochfilzen, Austria for the World Cup. Her first race, which is a sprint race, is on Friday. On Saturday there’s a pursuit race and on Sunday a team relay.
Tracy only had one race this past weekend and in the 15 kilometer individual she posted the fastest ski time of the day. She ended up with one bad shooting stage that put her out of the medals in 4th place. Despite her shooting she was psyched with her skiing and glad to have posted such a fast time. Tracy will take the week off racing to prepare for U.S. Nationals in Minnesota, after which she’ll head to Italy to join up with Lanny.
Lanny & Tracy want to extend a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, family, and sponsors.
The first weekend of the Olympic Biathlon season brought twin biathletes’ Lanny & Tracy Barnes quite a lot of success. Lanny was racing in the alpine town of Idre, Sweden while Tracy was at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Biathlon Venue in Canmore, Canada. Both Lanny and Tracy had two sprint races which consists of three 2.5 kilometer loops for skiing and 2 shooting stages, 1 prone and 1 standing. Sweden was struggling a bit for snow and Lanny found herself on a strip of man-made snow that covered the two and half kilometer loop. The field was large with over a hundred women in each race. The first race bode well for Lanny. She skied well and shot clean (ten for ten targets) and getting a spectacular finish in 13th place, not far off the top 10. The second day in Idre was a day that most just say “well, that’s biathlon.” The women woke up to severe winds, with gusts up to 40 mph. With the race being individual starts a day like that becomes luck of the draw. It all depends on when you are lucky enough to ski into the range and not get blown over. Lanny was not so fortunate, with quite a few penalties in the shooting. She had a good attitude about it though and laughed off what will probably turn out to be the worst shooting conditions of the year. Biathlon races are never canceled because of wind, rain, hail, blizzards, etc. The only reason a race may get canceled is a lack of snow. And both Lanny and Tracy have had their fair share of races like Sunday’s sprint where you do everything you can just to make it to the finish line in one piece.
Across the big pond Tracy was witnessing some of the nicest conditions that this part of Canada had ever presented this time of year. Snow was plentiful and the temperatures were moderate. Most athletes usually don’t leave this area without a bit of frostbite, but with the forecast looking great, Tracy just might leave with all her fingers and toes. On Saturday Tracy ran away with the win, having just one miss in prone and hitting all of her standing targets. The next day Tracy was wearing the leaders bib and had a small target on her back. The competition was fierce and Tracy ended up with 2 penalties in prone and clean standing shooting. Two of her competitors shot clean and just beat her to the finish line. There will be two more races in Canmore next weekend and there will be a great battle for the leaders bib in the North American Cup series.
Take care,-Tracy & Lanny Barnes
From Tracy and Lanny Barnes:
It’s Winter! Well at least in certain parts of the world. Tracy and Lanny are getting ready to start their first races of the season and wanted to send you and update on how things were going. The last couple of weeks the twins competed in the last roller ski races of the year in Utah and also put in a huge block of training on snow up in Canada. The races in Utah went really well. Lanny qualified for a spot to head to Sweden in November for the first International races of the year and despite being sick through the Utah races Tracy qualified to head to Canada & Minnesota for the North American Cups then over to Europe in December.
After Utah (the last week in October), Tracy and Lanny headed to Canmore, Alberta to get on snow. Even though it was still early for snow even for Canada, the Canadians had a 2.5km loop they had prepared called “Frozen Thunder” that was made from man-made snow they stored in the woods over the summer. This 2.5km loop wound up and down hills and back into the shooting range for a perfect early season training venue. They were able to get a jump on the competition (besides the Canadians) because this was one of the few places in the world of biathlon competition that had snow this early.
After their trip to Canada, the twins headed home to celebrate an early Thanksgiving and Christmas with their family and pack for what could potentially be 5 months away from home. Lanny boarded a plane and headed to Ostersund, Sweden for a training camp before the first race and Tracy headed back to Canmore, Alberta for another training camp and then the races.
Their first races both fall on Nov. 23-24. Lanny will compete in Idre, Sweden where the first International Biathlon Cup race will be held and Tracy will compete in Canmore for the first North American Cup of the year. You can watch Lanny’s race live at www.biathlonworld.com. We will keep you posted on the results and how the races go.
The Olympic team will be named the second week in January after tryouts in Ridnaun, Italy at the International Biathlon Cups. The twins are excited about their chances and are using their past Olympic experience and brand new legs to help them reach their goals of not only making the 2014 Olympic team, but bringing home a medal for their country. Have a great winter and thanks for all your support!!
If you are interested, the twins did and interview with Gun Talk Radio. They be airing the interview this Sunday, November 17th, between 2:00 and 2:30pm Eastern. You can listen in via streaming at one of the stations here: http://guntalk.com/site38.php. Or, you can listen via podcast, etc: http://guntalk.com/site3.php.
-Tracy & Lanny
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Our latest update from elete athlete Sally Bigham from the UK provides details from her win at the AlpenTour Trophy Bike race in Austria, which ran from May 30 to June 2, 2013. She tells us:
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