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Four-time Olympian leads biathlon camp in Anchorage

Sadie Fox, front, and other camp participants shoot in the prone position. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

Forty-six athletes are participating in the Alaska Biathlon Camp at Kincaid Park this week. The camp, hosted by the Alaska Biathlon Association, includes some who are new to the sport and others who have international competition experience at the junior level.

Coaches include Tim Burke, a four-time Olympian who recently retired from his competitive career. Burke, of Lake Placid, New York, is now development manager for U.S. Biathlon.

"I think with the skiing culture here, there's a lot of potential," Burke said of his visit to Alaska.

He's joined by Marine Dusser, a former member of the French national team, now an assistant coach for UAA's cross country ski team. Burke said the camp will wrap up Saturday with a low-key race among participants.

Tim Burke, right, talks with some of the camp’s more experienced athletes. Burke, a four-time Olympian, is now development manager for U.S. Biathlon. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Torsten Renner fires in the standing position. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Mia Rossi, left, high-fives Grace Miller during a drill. Miller, a Team USA Paralympian in cross-country skiing, was getting her first day of instruction in biathlon, she said. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Maja Lapkass aims from a prone position. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Tim Burke, right, talks with Torsten Renner. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

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