- By: Paul & Gerhardt Klann
Residence: Edmonton, Alberta
Date of Birth: June 23, 1970
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation: full-time athlete, reservist soldier, physical therapist
Education: B.Sc. (physical therapy)
John Aalberg, Park City, Utah
Steffany Hanlen, Edmonton, Alberta
Torbjorn Karlsen, Park City, Utah
Poles: Toko Ski Poles
Glasses: Adidas Eyewear
Clothing: Brooks Athletic Apparel
Clubs: Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, Northern Lights Biathlon Team, Banff Ski Runners
Hobbies: Music (playing fiddle, guitar and singing)
Mountaineering/hiking/climbing/camping/telemark and backcountry skiing
Member of Canadian National Biathlon Team (1995-97,1999-2000) and Canadian Forces Biathlon Team (2000-2004)
North American Cup Biathlon Points Series, Overall Winner
Canadian Selection Races, Canmore, Alberta - 3rd
North American Championships, Vermont, USA - 2x 3rd
North American Cups - 5x Medals
Keskinada 29km skate, Gatineau, PQ - 2nd
Rocky Mountain Ski Marathon 30km skate, Canmore, Alberta - 3rd
Canada Cup XC Pursuit, Mt. Tremblant, PQ - 5th skate, 7th overall
As a youngster, our family lived a very diverse lifestyle, with a good mix of music, country life on our family farm, and outdoor pursuits. As a result my interests are varied and tend to focus on music and the outdoors.
After seeing biathlon for the first time at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games on television, I tried biathlon in 1989, to cross train for cycling. After my first competition I was hooked. My brother, Gerhardt, started competing shortly thereafter. I continued to enjoy biathlon at a recreational level, while attending the University of Alberta. During this time, highlights for me were many great experiences traveling with the Alberta Biathlon Team across North America and winning medals at the Canadian National and North American Biathlon Championships over the years.
I completed my degree and graduated as a physical therapist. I worked as a physical therapist while training part-time for biathlon and spent several years living in Canmore, Alberta at the Canadian Training Centre. During this time Gerhardt and I formed the Northern Lights Biathlon Team which is a way for us to market ourselves and promote our sponsors. At this time we began working with Ken Karpoff, a former Canadian Olympian.
While on a Biathlon Canada racing tour in Europe, Gerhardt and I were recruited by the Canadian Forces. At these European Cup races I was selected to be part of Canada’s World Cup Team in Antholz, Italy. As well, Gerhardt and I both earned positions and represented Canada at the European Championships in Zakopane, Poland. In the summer of 2000, we completed our basic training as infantry soldiers, both earning top candidate in respective courses that summer. I have been training as a full-time athlete since then.
A highlight of my athletic career has been my association with the German National Team Training Centre in Oberhof, Germany and the training opportunities this has presented. I have also grown significantly as an athlete and person through my work with various coaches. While continuing to work with Steffany Hanlen as performance coach/mentor, I am excited to be working with John Aalberg and Torbjorn Karlsen as nordic coaches. I have been encouraged by the significant increase in performance that my training as part of the NLBT has produced and I am looking forward to further gains as an athlete and a person. It has been my pleasure to represent Canada and the Canadian Forces at competitions across Europe and North America.
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