Soon, Kari rose through the ranks, attending the first ever Biathlon World Championships for women in Chamonix, France, in 1984. There, she helped to win a bronze medal for her country as part of the U.S. relay team. Even more impressively, she won fifth place in the 10km final – the best result that any U.S. biathlete had ever achieved in an international competition.
Later that same year, Kari was back in Montana, training for her ongoing athletic career. On July 15, she set out for a run along the picturesque trails that surround the Big Sky Resort, a mountainous region some 50 miles south of Bozeman. Sadly, this routine activity was about to go horribly wrong.
Unbeknown to Kari, two men were watching her from the woods surrounding the trail. They were a father and son named Don and Dan Nichols, and they had been living in the mountains for some time. In fact, Don had all but shunned society as a whole, and Dan had headed into the wilderness to join him once he turned 18.