Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 4:32 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Kimberly and Amanda Del Frate

There is a lot of hard work behind the smiles of Amanda, left, and Kimberly Del Frate, the daughters of former Homer residents Gino and Sheri Del Frate. The 19-year-old twins' results in the World Youth/Junior Biathlon Team Trials at Anchorage's Kincaid Park last week means the sisters will represent the United States at the World Youth-Junior Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, in February. "As you probably already know, they got their start skiing in Homer when we lived there," Gino Del Frate told the Homer News. Del Frate served as assistant area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Homer. In 2002, the family moved to Palmer, where he became an area biologist for the Susitna River drainage and the west side of Cook Inlet. "We could also say they got their biathlon start by competing in the Anchor Point Snow Rondi where the South Peninsula Sportsman's Association sponsored a beginners race where the kids got to ski and then shoot balloons." Kimberly and Amanda are freshmen at University of Alaska Anchorage. Also making the 14-person team of racers between the ages of 17 and 20 were Sam Dougherty, 18, and Jake Prince, 17, of Anchorage.