The Vision

From Race Director Mike Karch, MD:

Thank you for participating in the 7th Annual  2014 Mammoth Winter Biathlon.  Whether you are competing for the first time, attempting to beat your time from last year, returning from the World Cup or volunteering, your presence is important to the development of this amazing sport called Winter Biathlon.

 This is our Vision:  After spectating at the  the 1980, 2002 and 2006 Olympics, My wife Kim and I started the Mammoth Biathlon Project in 2006 with the sole purpose of creating a grass roots movement to generate excitement about Nordic sports. Although Biathlon is the most watched European Winter Sport, North Americans are just beginning to catch the excitement of Nordic competition events. We intend to change this. We felt that biathlon was the best medium to do this given its success in Europe and the spectator friendly nature of the race.

Nick Proell and Raleigh Goessling

The vision was simply to expose our local youth and their parents to biathlon and motivate people to cross country ski. By building the program from the “bottom up”,  we felt that we could  generate energy in our community and attract our youth to biathlon. In this way, we could  both begin to teach a lifelong sport, as well as potentially build a pipeline for our National Cross Country and Biathlon teams.

Given the abundant snowpack and the sun-filled, California days in Mammoth Lakes, I also envisioned building the program from the “top down” by attracting higher level Nordic athletes to the area in order to live and train at high altitude. Mammoth has already gained a successful reputation amongst elite summer endurance athletes, see Mammoth Track Club. Our early and late season is advantageous in many ways to elite Nordic athletes given the potential for extended training and racing seasons and exposure to high altitude training environments. Juniors need role models in order to succeed and what better way to be inspired than to be living and training on the same trails as the giants in the sport.

If you are an old hand or first timer  to cross country skiing and shooting, lose yourself in our website.  Like you,  the sport of Biathlon is as primitive as it is new.  Feel the magic and the history of hunters and soldiers and Olympians on skis. Ever wonder who gets to try the elusive Winter Olympic sports of Biathlon, Bobsled,  Skeleton, or  Luge?  How would you do if you had the opportunity?  Now, the opportunity is yours…. with no expectations.  Sign up for the 2014 event.  Dare yourself to try something new this Winter.

 Ski Fast. Shoot Straight !
Michael Karch, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Team Physician United States Ski Team
Associate Clinical Professor University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical Director, Mammoth Mountain Ski Teams
CEO Mammoth Medical Missions 501c3
Founder, Mammoth Winter Biathlon
Founder, Mammoth Mass Casualty Seminar
Co-Founder, Smart Drill, Inc.
Mammoth Hospital
Mammoth Lakes, CA. USA

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