CARIBOU, Maine — A documentary about the impact of biathlon in Aroostook County produced by the video production class at Caribou Technology Center will be broadcast by MPBN at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 10, the center announced. “Biathlon Comes to the County” is an overview of what took place during the International Biathlon Union 2006 Youth-Junior World Championships.
Nine secondary school students at the center, located at Caribou High School, worked on the documentary for about a year before completing the 30-minute DVD, said instructor Brenda Jepson.
The students spent many days filming and editing — from the opening ceremony to the busy media room, and from races to fireworks on the last night.
The production starts by examining how the biathlon made its way to Aroostook County, including interviews with New Sweden skier Ralph Ostlund and New Sweden Scandinavian scholar Dan Olson.
“Biathlon Comes to the County” then shows professional competitors come to The County from all over the world to race for gold medals. Included in the production are hard-fought races and interviews with those who are involved, as well as enthusiastic fans and volunteers.
“Those from The County who are able to watch the event may see a family member, a friend, or even themselves. This film provides the chance to see something exciting about Maine, the sport of biathlon, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many,” said Jepson.
Students in the video productions class thought filming the biathlon was a unique experience.
“I learned a lot from the biathlon championships,” said Amanda Getchell, a 2006 Presque Isle High School graduate. “It was an awesome experience being able to meet some athletes from all over the world. It was hard, at times, having to film out in the freezing cold during a snowstorm, but in the end it was worth it. It was a good hands-on experience for the class to have.”
The video production class landed two underwriters for the show, with the $1,000 in proceeds going toward editing equipment.
The Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent and Presque Isle and TDBank underwrote the documentary to promote biathlon and tourism in Aroostook County on MPBN, which has a potential audience of 1.3 million in all of Maine as well as parts of Quebec, New Brunswick and New Hampshire.