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Biathletes cross border, share training

Thu, Jul  12, 2007 - By Julia Bayly

[A very nice article from the Bangor Daily News... - Mike]

FORT KENT — For once, it wasn’t just the moose northern Maine drivers had to worry about Friday morning. At least, not along a mile stretch of the Ouellette Road in St. Agatha where commuters found themselves in the middle of a summer cross country roller-ski race.

The 10- and 5-kilometer events wrapped up a week of training in Fort Kent that brought together 25 cross country skiers from the Maine Winter Sports Center and the Quebec Provincial Team for an international skills and technique camp at the 10th Mountain Lodge.

"This is great practice for them," Will Sweetser, Maine Winter Sports Center cross country ski coach, said Friday morning as he noted finishing times on his clipboard. "They are getting some great training."

Including, Sweetser pointed out, the difference between varying quality of roller skis.

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