- By: Paul & Gerhardt Klann
Residence: Edmonton, Alberta
Date of Birth: August 11, 1976
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation: full-time athlete, reservist soldier, forester
Education: BSc Forest Business Management
John Aalberg, Park City, Utah
Steffany Hanlen, Edmonton, Alberta
Torbjorn Karlsen, Park City, Utah
Poles: Toko Ski Poles
Glasses: Adidas Eyewear
Ski Wax: Solda
Clothing: Brooks Athletic Apparel
Clubs: Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, Northern Lights Biathlon Team, Banff Ski Runners
Music (playing guitar, banjo, cello and singing)
Mountaineering/hiking/climbing/camping/telemark and backcountry skiing
Member of Canadian National Biathlon Team/2006 Olympic Training Squad (1999-2005) and Canadian Forces Biathlon Team (2000-2004)
World Championships, Oberhof, Germany - 63rd, 91st
World Cup Antholz, Italy - 86th
European Cup Brusson, Italy - 41st, 44th
European Cup Meribel, France - 34th
Canadian Championships, Valcartier, Canada - 3rd, 3rd
Canadian Selection Races/Noram Cup 1 - 1st, 4th, 5th
Lake Louis Loppet (classic) and Rocky Mountain Ski Marathon (skate) - overall winner
I grew up in a family where music and a love of the outdoors were very important. As such, I had a love for sport at an early age and enjoyed cross-country skiing with my family in the river valley of Edmonton and on lakes in Alberta.
My first exposure to biathlon was during the 1988 Winter Olympics. I was in Grade 6 and was assigned to write a report about biathlon. My brother Paul started Biathlon two years later and was competing in the Alberta Winter Games in Camrose the first time I ever saw a live biathlon event. After seeing Paul, I was immediately hooked on the sport and wanted to try it.
I started biathlon when I was fourteen years old with the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club in Edmonton just as the sport was beginning to grow within the club. I got my first pair of skating skis and did my first race that year. In the following years, I became a member of the Alberta Biathlon Team and travelled across Canada to different events. The highpoint of my first seasons in biathlon was winning Under 16 Boys Category at the Canadian Championships in 1993 at the age of 16. In 1995 at the Canada Games, I was part of the Gold Medal winning relay team from Alberta.
As a Junior, I continued to train in Edmonton and started to attend the University of Alberta in the faculty of Forestry. In 1997, I became a senior and together with other Nordic athletes organized a team to represent Canada at the World University Games in Korea. In my final year of university, I again was selected to represent Canada in Slovakia at the World University Games. After returning home, I travelled to Canmore and won the 1999 North American and Canadian Championships in the Senior Menís (open) category.
After graduating from the University of Alberta in the spring of 1999, my brother Paul and I decided to pursue biathlon fully. We created the Northern Lights Biathlon Team which is a way for us to market ourselves and promote our sponsors. Ken Karpoff began his work with us as an advisor and mentor. We both worked until August and trained at the same time. In December, we were selected to represent Canada on the Europa Cup circuit in January. At those races we both qualified to compete at the European Championships in Poland. While in Germany, we met Manfred Geyer and started working with him. As well, the Canadian Forces Biathlon Team recruited us and this would enable us to train and compete full-time.
To become members of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, we completed our basic training and infantry training throughout the summer of 2000 in Wainwright, Alberta. In that season, I qualified for the World Military Ski Championships (CISM) in Vermont and won a bronze medal in the 10 km race at the Canadian National Championships. The season was topped of with a Gold medal in the relay at the North American and Canadian Championships.
Recent travels have taken me to the 2004 World Biathlon Championships in Oberhof, Germany and the World Cups in Germany and Italy. I am excited by the progress that I have made in the last several years and look forward to growing further under the tutelage of performance coach/mentor Steffany Hanlen and nordic coaches John Aalberg and Torbjorn Karlsen.
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