The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia officially began yesterday with qualifying runs for snowboarding. With the Opening Ceremony scheduled for this morning, Excelsior Life reflects on the inspiring story of Excelsior College graduate and biathlete Curt Schreiner (Class of 1993), who competed in the 1988, 1992, and 1994 Olympic Games.
The following is an excerpt from “Adjusting for the Wind” by Dana Yanulavich, published in the Fall 2013 edition of Live & Learn, Excelsior College’s Alumni Magazine.
Schreiner compares biathlon to Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian troupe of performers that combines circus arts with aspects of street entertainment. Not because the sports is full of acrobatics and sleights of hand, but rather because it takes a great deal of practice to accomplish astounding feats. It’s really a cognitive sport, he attests.
“You really have to be thinking about what you’re doing in such a way that eventually your body knows exactly what to do. And you do it right every time. It’s a kinesthetic sense that eventually you’re coming to the range and your body just knows what to do.” The quality of your training matters, too, he says. “Perfect practice makes perfect.”
Read the full story of the Excelsior alumnus and three-time Olympian, as he continues to meet challenges head on, including his battle with multiple sclerosis, in Live & Learn.
Below, Schreiner describes the fundamentals of biathlon marksmanship.
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