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Olympic Trials Continue for Twin Biathletes in Austria and America

Tracy and I are getting closer and closer to the final step in the Olympic trials process and we’ve been racing all over the world in preparation. Last weekend Lanny was in Hochfilzen, Austria for some World Cup biathlon action. Lanny started there with a sprint race and woke up the morning of the race to fierce winds that rattled the windows on her hotel room. The storm that was ensuing outside also brought heavy snow and wind drifts. The weather in a biathlon has always been one of an athletes toughest competitors.  It is unpredictable, ruthless, and doesn’t back down for anyone. Lanny battled the elements and extremely tough blizzard like conditions to place 65th in the sprint and had the best US women’s finish of the day.

Lanny Barnes on the range at World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. Photo Chealsea Little/Fasterskier

Lanny Barnes on the range at World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. Photo Chealsea Little/Fasterskier

Although she would have hoped for better, she came back the next day to help her teammates to tie their best ever relay result with an 8th place out of 23 nations. As the anchor leg of the team, Lanny had one of the fastest shooting times of the day and hit all of her targets to secure the 8th place finish. This week Lanny will put in a hard week of training for the Olympic trials that take place in Ridnaun, Italy at the IBU up the first and second week in January.

Tracy Races today and battles another one of Mother Natures challenges in the North American cup races in Minnesota with temperatures expected to be only +3 F. She will battle the top American and Canadian biathletes in two races this weekend and two more on Tuesday and Wednesday before joining Lanny in Italy for a training camp over Christmas. We will keep you posted on how her races go.

Lanny Barnes competing at the World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. Photo Chealsea Little/Fasterskier

Lanny Barnes competing at the World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. Photo Chealsea Little/Fasterskier

Thanks for all your support and for being a part of our Olympic Dream. Sometimes in life we not only have to battle our competitors and the fiercest conditions planet earth has to offer, but we must battle ourselves to find out who we really are.  If there is one thing this Olympic journey has taught us, it is that we have the most supportive friends and family out there and they have motivated us to never give up! Thanks for helping us in this journey!! Merry Christmas and we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holidays.

-Tracy & Lanny

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