Fort Kent, Biathlon

Downhill Tuck

Kevin Patzoldt-Manbeck competes for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team during an event in Fort Kent, Maine.

E and I drove 12 hours from New York to Maine so that I could cover the TD Bank North (Biathlon) Festival. (The drive from Houlton to the Canadian border on a snowy U.S. Route 1 seemed interminable.) How the biathletes perform in the event goes a long way in deciding whether or not they will make the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team. Sunday temperatures hovered around 18 degrees fahrenheit, a mite bit cold to a boy like me who hails originally from the Carolinas. A sunnier Monday was balmy in comparison.

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