Army Sgt. Jeremy Teela
Army Sgt. Jeremy Teela is a biathlon Soldier-athlete in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program stationed at Heber City, Utah. He entered the Utah Army National Guard in June 1997.
Teela had the strongest performance of his career last year with a third-place finish in the 20-kilometer individual race at the pre-Olympic Biathlon World Cup event at Whistler Olympic Park, site of the biathlon races at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. His third-place finish was the best by an American in World Cup competition since Josh Thompson finished second at the 1992 World Cup event in Canmore, Canada.
Teela’s athletic achievements include:
- 2002, 2006 and 2010 U.S. Olympic Team
- Third place at 2009 Whistler World Cup
- Seven-time U.S. National Champion
- 22nd place 2005 World Championship
- 10th place 2003 World Championship
- Ninth place 2001 World Championship
In His Own Words
“I got down the course and was maybe a half-kilometer out and coach was there saying, ‘You’re in second place,’” Teela recalls. “And I was like, ‘No stuff, second place, huh?’ But at that time I was skiing a pretty fast four loops. I always thought if somebody told me I was podium (bound), I would have this extra kick in me, but I had nothing. I am fighting, like I’m dragging my jaw and I’ve got slobber all over my face, and I’m just going as hard as I could.
“I came in second but there was this one German kid who also was having a great race. He left the range a couple seconds ahead of me and he was getting back-splits. I didn’t know someone was coming from behind. I don’t know if I could have done anything to counter his kick, but all in all, third place, I was psyched. He did get me, but that was the best performance of my career.”