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U.S. Olympic hopefuls

JAY HAKKINEN

Age: 24

Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team

Career highlights: 1998 Olympian; 7th in sprint, 2001 World Cup, Oberhoff, Germany; 6th in sprint, 2 000 World Cup, Osrblie, Slovakia.

Quote: "I'm just going for racing at my ability."

JEREMY TEELA

Age: 25

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 9th in sprint, 20th in pursuit, 2001 World Championships, Poklijuka, Slovenia.

Quote: "I've always wanted to win a gold medal."

LAWTON REDMAN

Age: 25

Hometown: Florence, Vt.

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 1st in individuals, 1st in pursuit, 2001 National Championships, West Yellowstone, Mont.; 1st in sprint, 1st in pursuit, 2001 World Team Trials, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Quote: "My skiing and shooting got better as the season went on."

LOWELL BAILEY

Age: 20

Hometown: Lake Placid, N.Y.

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team

Career highlights: 1st, 2001 Europa Cup World Junior Championships, Switzerland.

Quote: "It (World Junior Championships) was a bittersweet ending to my junior career."

CURTIS SCHREINER

Age: 34

Hometown: Day, N.Y.

Occupation: U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 1994, '92, '98 Olympian; 6th, 2000 World Cup Military Championships, Austria

Quote: "By the time of the Olympic trials, I will know each inch of the trails."

ANDREA NAHRGANG

Age: 23

Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 2nd in pursuit, 3rd in sprint, 2001 World Team Trials, Lake Placid, N.Y.; 1st, individual, 1998 National Championships, Lake Placid.

Quote: "I will make the (Olympic) team."

JILL KRAUSE

Age: 23

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minn.

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 5th in sprint, 9th in pursuit, World Team Trials, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Quote: "It's hard to say that I will make the Olympic team, but I have to see myself there. I have to believe it."

KRISTINA SABASTEANSKI

Age: 32

Hometown: Milford, N.H.

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 1998 Olympian; 1st, pursuit, 2001 National Championships, West Yellowstone, Mont.; 4th, pursuit, 2001 World Team Trials, Lake Placid, N.Y.; 10th, individual, 1999 World Cup, Lillehammer, Norway.

Quote: "You can't get too cocky . . . I think it is going to be really competitive this year."

RACHEL STEER

Age: 23

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Occupation: U.S. Biathlon Team

Career highlights: 1st, 1999 World Team Trials, Lake Placid, N.Y.; 26th, sprint, 1999 World Cup, Ruhpolding, Germany; 29th, individual, 1999 World Championships, Holmenkollen, Norway.

Quote: "My high school coaches Randy and Tasha Bergt motivated, inspired and helped me enjoy the sport."

DEBORAH NORDYKE

Age: 39

Hometown: Alaska but now lives in Day, N.Y.

Occupation: full-time mom training with U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

Career highlights: 1998 Olympian; 12th, 2000 Military World Championships, Austria

Quote: "(Biathlon) has always been a great family environment."

The top international biathletes

RAPHAEL POIREE

Age: 27

Hometown: France

Career highlights: 2001 world champion; 7th relay, 19th individual, 1998 Olympics.

OLE EINAR BJOERNDALEN

Age: 27

Hometown: Norway

Career highlights: 2nd place world ranking; 1st (gold medal) sprint, 2nd relay, 7th individual, 1998 Olympics; 7th relay, 28th sprint, 36th individual, 1994 Olympics, Lillehammer.

FRODE ANDRESEN

Age: 28

Hometown: Norway

Career highlights: 2nd (silver medal) sprint, 19th individual, 1998 Olympics.

MAGDALENA FORSBERG

Age: 34

Hometown: Sweden

Career highlights: 2001world champion; 17th sprint, 10th relay, 14th individual, 1998 Olympics.

LIV GRETE SKJELBREID-POIREE

Age: 27

Hometown: Norway

Career highlights: 2001 3rd world champion; 23rd sprint, 3rd relay, pursuit and 15th individual, 1998 Olympics.

OLENA ZUBRILOVA

Age: 28

Hometown: Ukraine

Career highlights: 2001 2nd world champion; 5th relay, 28th individual, 1998 Olympics.