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Team Out There athlete Regina Oja is a part of the IBU’s #Biathlon4Climate Challenge. Join her and us in exercising to help the environment!
Earth Day 2021: IBU announces Biathlon Climate Challenge
The International Biathlon Union is delighted to announce the first Biathlon Climate Challenge, which aims to connect an active lifestyle with climate action. In honor of Earth Day 2021, fans are challenged to join one of ten different teams – all led by biathlon superstars – and track their physical activity in a fitness app which will convert the distance they have covered or calories they have burned into planted trees by a reforestation project.
To give back to Mother Nature, fans can join the Biathlon Climate Challenge in five simple steps. First, decide which athlete’s team they want to join. Then, to track their activities, download IBU‘s partner Active Giving’s app from the App Store or Google Play, create a profile and on the menu tab, select Team and enter the athlete code for their favorite athlete. Any activity counts – running, cycling, hiking, yoga, cross-fit and many more! A live leader board will be displayed on biathlonworld.com so the progress of each team can be tracked as they battle it out to contribute the highest number of trees.
The launch of the Biathlon Climate Challenge is part of the IBU’s Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030, which, launched last September, commits the IBU to addressing sustainability needs in five different areas: climate, sport, people, venue & event, communication & awareness. Its climate goal is to reduce emissions aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Accord and to be climate neutral as a sport, at the latest by 2030.
IBU President Olle Dahlin:
“As a winter sport we are heavily dependent on cold winters and snow. Thus, we must take on our responsibility in the fight against climate change. By sponsoring the Biathlon Climate Challenge we are advocating for climate action and sustainable development within the biathlon family and winter sports. The Challenge is a fun way to connect our fans with the athletes and encourage them to keep physically active, with the added benefit it is good for the environment. We invite our fans to actively contribute together with athletes to reduce biathlon’s impact on the climate.”
The challenge starts on 1 May 2021 and aims to plant 100.000 trees. For the implementation of the challenge, the IBU has partnered with Active Giving, a platform which converts sports activities into funding for environmental or social purposes. The tree planting will be carried out by Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit organization, whose mission it is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration.
The Team Leaders and their codes for the Biathlon Climate Challenge are:
(Join Team Out There Athlete Regina’s Team)
FAQ Biathlon Climate Challenge 2021
As we begin the 10th year of our Athlete Management Program – Team Out There
We are excited to say that it continues to GROW! For the 21-22 Season we have Three New athletes that have joined the Family, and we are super excited to have them be athletes from the USA as well! There has been a large increased in this program this season and as we would love to give assistance to every developing athlete at this level we only have so much bandwidth. We hope that this program continues to grow and give a unique level of support to athletes that allows them to DREAM BIG and not just let Their Dreams be Dreams!
New Athletes for the 21-22 Season joining the Family
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Minnesota Native Ian Torchia is heading toward the World Cup! In order to assist him we in partnership with his sponsors and the Rochester Active Sports Club are holding an ONLINE Fundraising Auction. This will run Nov 28th thru Dec.6th
You can see the items ahead of time at – Ian Torchia’s ONLINE Fundraising Auction!
A few words from Ian-
Winter is right around the corner and I am as excited as you are to see the snow fly and get out gliding on those trails! As I think back to last season, my thoughts jump to the amazing fundraiser put on at Quarry Hill in Rochester last fall and with your support I was able to jump start the racing campaign on a stable financial footing. More than the money raised, it gave me a full heart of fire seeing all my supporters coming together to help me chase my dreams of international skiing success. I gave it my all last winter and after winning a SuperTour race and accumulating my first podiums at US Nationals, I qualified for Period 3 of the World Cup, the highest level of cross-country ski racing in the world. It was a humbling learning experience and while I did not perform to my true potential across the pond, I left more inspired and fired up than ever to get back and compete at the top level. After returning to the States, I had the race of my life at the American Birkebeiner finishing top American and placing 2nd overall in a narrow sprint finish, 1.3 seconds from the win.
For the Rest of the Story~ Words From Ian
Recently we began to ask some of the Team Out There athletes who have moved on to their next stage in life to reflect on the Team. They are and always will be a part of the Team Out There Family, but now they have new roles and we look to them for guidance on how to do what we do BETTER.
We really LOVE to hear their thoughts on what has made the Team so very special over the past 9 years. Yes 9 years ago (almost 10 now) the journey for Team Out There began. We now have a total of 20 current full time racing athletes and 13 athletes who have either fully or partial began to move to their next stage in life. One of the recurring themes from the Family of Athletes is just that the FAMILY. Within the 33 athlete family there are 16 Nations represented. It is totally unfathomable to us to see where this has gone and then we wonder “Where will it Grow”.
During these crazy times of the world we feel that something as small as this group of people can have an AMAZING impact. Bringing together people to share something in common bridges differences that everyone has from their own cultures.
Be apart of something BIGGER than you!
Thank You to ALL of the members of the #BestFamilyOutThere – Team Out There
Well it has been a BIG Year for the athletes of Team Out There
- Tara Geraghty- Moats: Tara Geraghty-Moats has been having a whirlwind of a Summer. Back in June she travelled to the Midwest to train with some of her Jr days coaches Vlad & Petra who run the Biathlon program in Coleraine MN. Then she came to join our Coach Kris for a Junior Camp here in Rice Lake. From there she was back home to VT for a few days and the App Gap Challenge prior to heading to Norway to train with the Women’s Nordic Combined National Team. From there she was off to the Summer Grand Prix where she crushed the first three events. Along with a BIG signing with Madshus things are really taking flight!
- Deedra Irwin: It was a big year of change for Deedra. She joined the National Guard (VT) This summer this new adventure has taken her away from her training time with the US Biathlon Team but is working to setting her up as well as possible for the Road to Beijing. We have been updated on Basic Training and now Job Training. Once Deedra is back on the training train we will get a full update for all of you.
- Rosie Frankowski: One of the NEWEST additions to the Team Out There Family is 2018 Olympian & APU Nordic skier from Minnesota – Rosie! We are super excited to see her energy and the ideas & thoughts she has. Stay tuned for more updates on Rosie!
- Olga Letucheva: Joining the Team this summer the 2017 FIS Rollerski World Champion has been busy. From wrapping up her Masters in Sport to FIS Rollerski races in China, Latvia & Russia (Italy in Sept) she has literally been on a ROLL.
- Ben Lustgarten: This VT native is currently racing for the Craftbury GreenRacing Project. From World Cups and other high level events keep your eye on this guy.
This past weekend was the first event of the Women’s Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix and our own Team Out There athlete Tara Geraghty-Moats was coming into the weekend a heavy favorite after a fantastic 2018/19 Nordic Combined Season. With the PCR Jumps for qualifying happening on Friday Tara lead out the group in first with some great flight. Sunday was the day of competition and due to wind the Jumping was cancelled and the PRC Jumps were used to seed the 5km Freestyle ski portion of the event. Tara took out right from the start and controlled the pace for the entire 5km. Now the Ladies are off to Klingenthal Germany for another day of competition.
Madshus News- For any of you noticing Tara is a recent addition to the Madshus Family. Keep an eye out for future updates!
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Team Out There Athlete Deedra Irwin on her Journey in Biathlon
With a the Birkie Bridge getting covered with snow for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis today a post title like this could go many directions. When we awoke this morning there was a message in my WhatsApp from one of our Team Out There Athletes.
“I’m Sorry, the skis were fast but not fast enough”
For many folks they will think well next time. For some athletes around the world this is not “Any Given Sunday”. This happens to be the Last day they had a chance to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Four and a half years ago we had our third athlete join the Team Out There family– Leandro Lutz. A Nordic skier & Biathlete from Brazil. Brazil you say- yes this country of the occasional snow flake has a number of athletes training & competing in Winter activities like Nordic skiing & Biathlon. Just prior to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games Leandro said to me- “With the help of Team Out There my goal is to make the 2018 Winter Games!” Over the past four years Leandro has trained, raced, traveled given up his everyday job to pursue this dream. We want to THANK Andreas & the folks of ONEWAY Sport, the great folks of REX Finland and many, many others who have given great support to Leandro in this journey at events around the world.
We want Leandro to know that there is no need to say “I’m Sorry”. You have not let us down in anyway, you have inspired us to grow the Team Out There to many, many others around the world. To try & come up with better ways to support Dreaming Athletes in the sports we love. What you have done here, in Brazil & throughout the world is to create friendships that may someday produce amazing Nordic Athletes from a Country of no snow. We cannot THANK YOU enough for being apart of your journey, we cannot Thank our Customers enough for the fact that many of them have come to support us due to the efforts of you and the athletes of Team Out There. The book of Leandro Lutz’s future in Nordic is YET to be written.
#BestFamilyOutThere #TeamOutThere #AllPartOfTheJourney
BIG NEWS for Team Out There Athlete Deedra Irwin!!!
Keep up with Deedra on FB https://www.facebook.com/deedrablu
(January 15, 2018) — The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the teams for the upcoming IBU Open European Championships and IBU Cup 6. Please note that one more man will be named for both events later this week.