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Team GB Biathlon & the Road to Sochi 2014

November 11, 2013 07:00 am

There are six World Cup events before the British Biathlon Union nominates its selections for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to the British Olympic Association.

The first begins in Oestersund, Sweden on November 24 and the sixth begins in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy on January 16. In between the World Cup series takes in Austria, Slovenia and Germany.

Three British men are vying for the sole spot allocated to the nation for Sochi 2014 with Lee Jackson and Kevin Kane, who both have four Olympic qualifying standards, set to start the first World Cup.

Marcel Laponder, who has one Olympic qualifying standard with a minimum of two needed to be considered for selection, is not currently qualified for the World Cup.

Jackson and Kane will begin their World Cup season on November 28 in the 20km individual while it is believed to be unlikely that Britain’s women will open their World Cup campaign until the second World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria.

With only one female spot open to Britain, Amanda Lightfoot is currently the sole athlete to have achieved an Olympic qualifying standard – she has three – with her World Cup season expected to get underway with the sprint in Hochfilzen on December 7.

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