STEWART FILMSCREEN CONGRATULATES U.S. BIATHLON TEAM ON STRONG PERFORMANCES
- Tim Burke became first U.S. biathlete to wear the yellow bib by attaining the No. 1 overall World Cup ranking
- U.S. Men's Biathlon team finishes sixth in Ruhpolding, Germany race
- Team looks like it is "peaking" at the right time for a great Olympics
Torrance, CA & Cincinnati, OH – February 4, 2010 - Stewart Filmscreen Corporation®, the industry leader in precision projection screen technologies for the residential and commercial markets, congratulates Tim Burke as he becomes the first American to lead the biathlon World Cup competition.
Tim Burke wore the yellow bib, signifying that he was the overall leader of the World Cup rankings and was the most consistent performer in a variety of races over of the course of the season. No American has ever worn it, and Burke described earning it as a "dream come true." Tim Burke gained tremendous international respect when he wore the yellow jersey.
The last relay competition before the Olympic Winter Games turned out to be a perfect pre-test for the U.S. men's team. Seeded only 16th, the team earned a sixth place in Ruhpolding with strong performances by Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY), Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof, Alaska), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), and Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT. "The United States Biathlon Team is the most improved in the world. It won't be long before a moment of brilliance brings them to the podium for their first Olympic medal," commented Michael Dixon, Eurosport TV Biathlon Commentator.
It was the season’s best relay finish for the U.S. men's team and a big step forward to a good result in Vancouver. “I am confident that they could be even better during the Olympics," said Per Nilsson, U.S. Biathlon's head coach. "They showed they are able to ski in second or third position today so our hopes stay high for a good finish in Whistler."
The entire team is feeling optimistic about the U.S. team’s potential to receive an Olympic medal. The athletes are peaking at the perfect time going into the Olympics. They may be an Olympics “Cinderella” story -- underestimated but rising to the top at the most important time. While not heavily followed in the U.S., the biathlon is quite popular in European and Asian countries with televised coverage on stations such as Eurosport and others.
In most cases, our biathletes earn under $100,000 in U.S. dollars a year, while top Europeans earn up to $5 million with sponsorships and other activities. U.S. Biathlon team members compete for the challenge and the rewards of representing their country in the Olympics and not only for the financial riches that might follow an appearance on an Olympic medal platform. Athletes and their families have been making significant sacrifices for many years in their goal to lead their country to victory. But this year, Olympic observers agree that the United States team is poised for its first-ever Olympic Biathlon medal.
"It is an honor to be a part of this world class athletic event and support our national team to victory," said Tim Nymberg, president of Stewart Filmscreen."Stewart Filmscreen's philosophy mirrors that of the U.S. Biathlon Team," said Max Cobb, U.S. Biathlon team spokesperson. "The dedication to health and quality reflected in the company is exactly what our team strives for each and every day. Stewart Filmscreen believes that quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution."
About United States Biathlon Association
The United States Biathlon Association is the National Governing Body for the sport of biathlon in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Biathlon Union. The US Biathlon Association supports the US Biathlon Team and development of the sport on all levels within the United States. More information on the US Biathlon Association is available at www.usbiathlon.org.
About Stewart Filmscreen
Stewart Filmscreen is the world’s premier projection-screen manufacturer for both the residential and commercial markets. A family-owned business, Stewart Filmscreen maintains the highest standards in screen design and craftsmanship. In fact, each screen is handmade. Founded in 1947, Stewart Filmscreen has grown from a small business to an international one, with offices in Denmark and Singapore, in addition to two in the United States,
including a manufacturing facility in Ohio and their headquarters in So. California. More information on Stewart Filmscreen Corporation is available at www.stewartfilmscreen.com.
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