US Biathlon names Lake Clear’s Jackie Garso to World Cup team

NYSEF’s Farra makes IBU Cup Team

Jackie Garso of Lake Clear skis for the St. Lawrence University Nordic team. She graduated from SLU in 2020. (Provided photo — St. Lawrence University)

NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE — Lake Clear’s Jackie Garso — a 2016 graduate of Saranac Lake High School — was named Monday, Nov. 20 to the U.S. Biathlon Association’s roster of official World Cup athletes for the first trimester of the season.

“It’s all super exciting. I am really glad to be heading to Sweden,” said Garso, who graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2020. “I feel really lucky to get this opportunity and race with my teammates that I have been training with all summer. Let’s get this season started!”

US Biathlon also named New York Ski Educational Foundation athlete Lina Farra to the IBU Cup Team for the first trimester.

The 2023-24 BMW IBU World Cup season starts Saturday, Nov. 25 in Oestersund, Sweden with the single mixed relay and mixed relay events. The BMW IBU Cup kicks off just five days later in Kontiolahti, Finland on Nov. 30 with the women’s 15km individual and men’s 20km individual.

World Cup Team

– Jackie Garso (Lake Clear, New York/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

– Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wisconsin/Army World Class Athlete Program)

– Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Washington/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

– Margie Freed (Apple Valley, Minnesota/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

– Sean Doherty (Center Conway, New Hampshire/National Guard Biathlon)

– Campbell Wright (Wanaka, New Zealand/U.S. Biathlon)

– Maxime Germain (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France/National Guard Biathlon)

– Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minnesota/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

IBU Cup Team

– Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/NYSEF)

– Cheresa Bouley (Zimmerman, Minnesota/Minnesota Biathlon)

– Michaela Keller-Miller (Plymouth, Minnesota/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

– Grace Castonguay (Jackson, New Hampshire/Ethan Allen Biathlon Club)

– Anna French (Plymouth, Minnesota/Team Altius)

– Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minnesota/National Guard Biathlon)

– Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, Utah/Team Crosscut)

– Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vermont/University of Vermont)

– Luke Brown (Saint Paul, Minnesota/Craftsbury Green Racing Project)

– Eli Neilsen (Stehekin, Washington/National Guard Biathlon)

Due to an ongoing injury, it is currently undetermined as to when Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wisconsin/Team Crosscut) will return. As the alternate, Eli Neilsen will fill the vacant position for week one in Kontiolahti, Finland.

“Coming into the Finland camp I felt prepared and poised to have my best season yet,” said Schommer. “Making the decision to head home was very difficult but health is a top priority. Right now I am addressing the injury as best I can and will return to racing when I feel ready.”

Live streams can be found at eurovisionsports.tv/ibu/. Spectator resources for the upcoming season can be found at usbiathlon.org/spectator-resources.

Starting at $1.44/week.

Subscribe Today