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Monday, January 13, 2014
U.S. Biathlon announces Sochi nominations

By ESPN.com news services

U.S. Biathlon on Sunday announced its nominations for the 2014 Olympic team:

Lowell Bailey (2006, 2010)
Lanny Barnes (2006, 2010)
Tim Burke (2006, 2010)
Annelies Cook
Russell Currier
Susan Dunklee
Sean Doherty
Hannah Dreissigacker
Leif Nordgren
Sara Studebaker

The lineup of players is still subject to final approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"I want to congratulate the athletes on being nominated to the Olympic Team. Everyone of them has shown a dedication to excellence and a love of the sport that has led them to this outstanding accomplishment," Bill Burke, who serves as chairman of U.S. Biathlon's board of directors, said in a statement. "I can't wait to cheer them on in person at the Olympics and to celebrate their achievements with their families."

"I am very pleased with the progress the athletes on the team have made. It's the result of their focused training with some of the world's best coaches and high performance staff," U.S. Biathlon president and CEO Max Cobb also said in the same statement. "There is one more World Cup before the Olympic Games and we are looking forward to seeing the team in action there. Our top ranked athletes, Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, have both had podium-level performances and the Olympic rookies have had very compelling performances that indicate personal-bests lay ahead for them this season."