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SportsRecreationBiathlon26TuesdayDecember32013BroughttoyoubytheThebachaChamberofCommerceGetstampedduringregularbusinesshoursanytimebetweenDECEMBER1-202013.YoumustbringyourSHOPLOCALPASSPORTtoEACHofthebusinesseslistedinpersonforyourSHOPLOCALstamp.COLLECTTHEMALLandbeenteredinourbigprizesdraw.Nopurchasenecessary.1stPrize-Returntripfor2toEdmontoncourtesyofNorthwesternAirLease2ndPrize-PS3gameconsolepackagecourtesyoftheNorthernStore3rdPrize-GiftBasketcourtesyofThebachaChamberofCommerceMembersDontforgetaboutMOONLIGHTMADNESSDEC.613and20SHOPLOCALSHOPLOCALPASSPORTAREAVAILABLEATTHESEPARTICIPATINGBUSINESSESTheRustyRavenGalleryandGiftTDCKaesersNorthernShearFunTouchofHeavenBerrosPizzaPelicanRapidsInnFreundBuildingSuppliesWallysDrugsPhoenixAutomotiveCranberryandWillowHomeHardwareGiGisBakeryandKellys.SHOPFortSmithByMARIACHURCHAsaworld-classbiathleteBrendanGreenhasbeenunderintensepressurebe-forebutlastweekmayhavetakenthecakewhenhetrav-eledtoEuropetocompeteinhisrstinternationalracessinceabackinjuryputhimoutofcommissionlastyear.OnthelinewasapotentialspotontheCanadianOlym-picteamheadingtoSochiRussiain2014.TheOlympicsaddatonofpressuretothesea-sonandIhavealottotryandprovethisyear.Iwishitwasanon-OlympicyearthatIwasmakingmyre-turnbutIsupposethiswayIhavenothingtoloseandcanputitallonthelineGreentoldTheJournalinanemail.GreencompetedintheIBUCupracesinSwedenandNorwaylastweekhisrstinternationalcompeti-tionsincesustainingaher-niateddisclastyearthatforcedhimtotakeabreakfromtrainingformuchof2012andearly2013.ThebigquestionayearagowaswhetherhedeverBrendanGreenhitstargetsatbiathlonracesabroadNWTbiathletereachesWorldCupbutOlympicsstilluncertainraceagainandhereheissaidBruceGreenthebi-athletesfatherfromHayRiver.Hescomesuchalongway.Missinglastseasonbe-causeoftheinjurymeantthatGreenlosthisWorldCupeligibilityandwasforcedtostartfromscratchwithracesliketheIBUCupwhereatopnishwouldmeanqualifyingagainfortheWorldCup.TherstIBUCupracewasheldinIdreSwedenwheretwodaysofracingplacedGreen15thoveralloutofmorethan100biathletes.Iwasabletohaveaprettysolidresultwithmyrstracewhichbroughtwithitafeel-ingofrelief-reliefthatmyshapeisthereandthatImstillinthegameandabletoper-formatthetopGreensaid.HisfellowCanadianteam-matesalsoperformedwellduringtheIBUCupracesMarcAndreBedardplaced7thandNathanSmithreachedthepodiumin2ndplaceontherstdayofracing.ThesecondIBUCupracewasinBeitostolenNorwaylastweekendwhereGreenplacedsecondinthe20-kmindividualracebutwindyconditionsandseveralmissedshotsduringthesprintracethenextdaybumpedhimdownto26thplaceoverall.OlympicfuturestilluncertainWhileapodiumnishattheIBUracesisahugeachieve-mentforGreenitdoesnotdirectlytranslatetoOlym-piccandidacybutbringshimclosertotheWorldCup.ThebiathleterecentlylearnedhequaliedforaWorldCupstartinHochl-zenAustriathisFridaywhereheisexpectingtoentertheSprintRelayandpossiblythePursuitraces.IfallgoessmoothlyattheracesGreencouldcompletethenecessarycriteriaforaspotontheOlympicbiathlonlineup.Hesgottobecareful.HesgottomakesurehedoesntgetsickortooburnedoutorjetlaggedGreensfathersaid.Ifhesatthetopofhisgameattrialsthatsneanddandyandhellmaketheteambuteverythinghastogorighthesaid.Heisthekindofpersonwhocanpullitoff.Wejusthavetohopeforthebest.ForGreendespitetheaddedpressureoftheOlym-picsgettingbackinthecom-petitionisexactlywherehewantstobeafterbeingoffskisfornearlyayear.AftertherstoperationonmyspineIkepttellingmyselfOkayIcandothisIcanre-coverfromthisbutwhenIwastoldIwouldneedanotherandmorethoroughsurgerythatwashardtodealwithandtherecoverywaspainfulandverylonghesaid.Itwasalmostayear-longperiodbeforeIsteppedonskisagain.MyrsttimeoutallIcouldmanagewas15-20minutesofbasicallywalkingonmyskisbutitwasthebestfeelingever.Greenthrewhimselfintotrainingaftertheinitialrecov-eryandisnowclosetothesamephysicalconditionhewasbe-foretheinjury.MuchcreditforhiscomebackgoestosupportfrompeopleintheNWThesaidwhoarehisbiggestfans.IfeelgratefultobeaNortherner.Theirgenerosityandkindnessisunmatchedhesaid.PhotoRoddyWardBrendanGreenleftnishesonthepodiumafterthe20-kmindividualraceinNorway.DontForgetaboutMOONLIGHTMADNESSDEC.6132027