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Biathletes compete in Jericho

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JERICHO, Vt. -

The added snow was good news for biathletes in Jericho who competed in the North American Cup this weekend.

The competition was held at the Vermont National Guard's training facility. The event combines cross country ski racing with target shooting. Roughly 100 biathletes ranging in age from 14 to over 60 raced this weekend. More than half were civilians and leaders in the sport.

"It's really difficult and when it all comes together when you ski really well and shoot really well and have a really great day, it's really rewarding and I enjoy that," says Sean Doherty, Junior Biathlete World Champion.

"It's important for us to interact with the community and have good community relations and this is just one more way to do that. We have a great relationship with the civilians here and it makes the competition that much more interesting," says Maj. Christopher Ruggerio the Vermont National Guard Biathlon Coordinator.

The National Guard says its biathlon program allows soldiers to continue their marksmanship training during the winter months.

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