Brendan is beginning his seventh year of racing with Canada’s senior team. Brendan began cross-country skiing at the age of three and immediately fell in love with Nordic sports. After steadily improving during his first six years of cross-country skiing, and influenced by a strong family commitment to the Nordic sports, Brendan decided to try his hand at biathlon. Under the direction of coach Pat Bobinski, he started competing at the territorial level, and his success soon led him to national and international competitions. Brendan is now a nine-time Canadian medalist as well as a bronze medalist in the relay at the 2007 World Junior Championships and a silver medalist in the relay at the 2005 World Junior and Youth Championships. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Biathlon Canada Myriam Bédard Award. Brendan wishes to build on qualifying to compete in the relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games develop in hopes of achieving his future dreams in the sport of biathlon.
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Zina took her first strides in the sport of biathlon while competing in the 1998 Alberta Winter Games. Once graduating from high school in 2000, Zina moved to Canmore, Alberta to train full-time with the Rocky Mountain Racers under Richard Boruta. That same year, the Albertan made the Canadian Biathlon Team and represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Khanty-Mansisysk, Russia. During her rookie year on the World Cup circuit in 2003-04, Zina finished in the top-30 five times, with her best result coming in Slovakia after crossing the line in 10th spot. An elite international biathlete, she achieved a top-30 individual finish in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games . Zina made history four years ago, becoming the first Canadian biathlete in more than a decade to win an international medal by claiming the bronze in Sweden. Zina is on her way to realizing her dream of being a World Champion. When away from the biathlon course, Zina enjoys playing the flute, rock climbing, downhill skiing and yoga.
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