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Mon June 22, 2009
Olympic hopeful from Jackson dies in Maine
By Associated Press
Fort Fairfield, Maine – Police are investigating an accident that killed a Wyoming biathlete while he was roller-skiing on a northern Maine road.
Police told WCXU-FM that 20-year-old William Neal of Teton
County, Wyo., was training with a friend in Fort Fairfield at 8:30
p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 18-year-old
Eric Lunquist of Fort Fairfield.
Police Chief Joseph Bubar said the cause is under investigation,
but that alcohol is not believed to have been involved.
Officials said Neal and his training companion were associated
with the Nordic Heritage Ski Center, a training center in Presque
Isle for biathletes. The biathlon is a winter sport that combines
Nordic skiing and rifle marksmanship.
Neal was a Wyoming delegate pledged to Barack Obama at the
National Democratic Convention held last summer in Denver.