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Jake Brown | Beijing 2022 Olympic Profile

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Team USA Biathlete Jake Brown explains how he trains for biathlon when there isn't snow on the ground, and shares his wish for Americans to get more into the sport of biathlon.

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JAKE BROWN: My name's Jake Brown. I'm a biathlete, originally from Minnesota. Live now in Vermont, where I train with the Green Racing Project out of Craftsbury Outdoor Center. We're not just cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, we're also out there mountain biking. We're running in the mountains, and we're doing a lot of uphill running with poles, that's the best way to build our fitness.

Out here in Utah as we get closer and closer to the season, we do most of our training on roller skis. So there are a number of venues throughout the country. Where I live in Craftsbury, Vermont, is one of them that has a roller loop with a biathlon range on the roller loop. So we actually can roller ski with the rifle on our back, come into the range and actually practice shooting just like we would in the winter on snow skis.

So roller skiing makes up the vast majority of our training. I want to see Americans get hyped on biathlon. We go to Europe and the whole World Cups over there. And we're in a stadium that has 100,000 people over the course of the weekend. And it's an unbelievable atmosphere.

And we come to our home World Cup and there's almost nobody. I want to-- yeah, I'd love to see Americans kind of get hyped about the competition like Europeans do. I don't know why that is, why it hasn't got full but I hope Americans give it a shot.