December 1, 2023

Biathlon: World junior champion changes a nation

Campbell Wright’s biathlon talent changed countries! From now on, the 21-year-old will not be competing for his native New Zealand, but for the USA. The US Biathlon Team made the announcement on Thursday.

“Campbell will be wearing the red, white and blue this season and we can’t wait,” it said on Instagram. The 21-year-old already trained with the US athletes last season.

US Biathlon Director Lowell Bailey was very pleased with Campbell’s change for the nation: “He was a great teammate last year and a great resource for the national team training group. So we know he’s going to contribute a lot to our success.”

“I made the decision to change my athlete nationality because it gives me a better opportunity to achieve my goals,” the athlete explained in a statement of his decision, adding that joining Team USA was the best thing for him as a biathlete.

Wright really showed the potential he has last season. He won the gold medal in the sprint at the 2023 World Junior Championships in Kazakhstan.

Campbell, who has been competing at the highest level since 2021, finished the World Cup finals in 55th place.

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