Robin Clegg, 27, of Canmore, Alta., will have a lonely first Olympic experience. Clegg, a three-year member of the national team, is the sole Canadian biathlete to qualify for Salt Lake City. The 1997 national junior champion has been dominant domestically, earning six gold and two silver medals in his first three Canadian championships. He is slowly improving on the World Cup scene, and finished 74th at the 2001 world championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
But it took a last-minute appeal for Clegg to earn his Olympic spot. He made the Canadian Olympic Association's qualifying standard past the 11th hour at the World Cup in Antholz, Italy, on January 24. Clegg placed 31st, but his time worked out to 95.112 per cent of a medal performance.
The race was about 10 days after the COA's original qualifying deadline, but Biathlon Canada executive director Rick Nickelchok said arbitrator Ed Ratushny took into account a precedent from the sport of skeleton. The COA accepted a qualifying performance by slider Lindsay Alcock after the deadline.