Snowflake Biathlon Race & Novice Race MN Cup #4 – Sun, Jan 15th, 2017 – RESULTS

Snowflake Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Minnesota Cup #4

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Area

Date: Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Duluth Biathlon Jan 2017 RESULTS pdf

snowflake-biathlon-race2016 information pdf

Location: Snowflake Nordic, 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth (one mile north of the intersection of the Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads)

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: B, G, YW, MW:       7.5 km;
              YM, JW:                9 km;
              JM, SM, SW, MM: 10.5 km

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero:           10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Race Start:   11:00 AM, Mass Start

Cost:           $15 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

There will not be a Novice Race this year.

Questions?   Call John Gould at 218-269-2854 or e-mail:

WE NEED YOUR HELP! 5 Young Minnesota Biathletes have been named to the US Biathlon Teams headed to Europe


5 Young Minnesota Biathletes have been named to the US Biathlon Teams headed to Europe

Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca Biathlon
Cam Christiansen, Nisswa, NNW Biathlon Club
Jakob Ellingson, Twin Cities and Mt Itasca Biathlon
Siena Ellingson, Twin Cities and Mt Itasca Biathlon
Amanda Kautzer, Twin Cities Biathlon

These biathletes will compete in the January and February series of races in Europe. In January, there are the IBU Cups in Italy and Germany. In late January, there is the IBU Junior Cup in Slovenia. In early February, the Open European Championships will be held in the Czech Republic. In late February, the Youth and Junior World Championships will be held at a venue to be announced.

Jakob and Siena are already in Europe at the first two IBU Cup races – Martello, Italy this coming weekend and will compete in Ruhpolding, Germany next weekend.

Vasek, Cam, and Amanda will do the IBU Junior Cup, Open European Champs, and the Youth and Junior Champs. Siena will also do the Junior Champs.

Unfortunately, the United States Biathlon Association (the Olympic governing body of Biathlon in the US) has been trimming funding for athletes this year – particularly at the Junior level and young Senior level. The cost to these 5 athletes will be approximately $14,000 (total – including airfare, food, housing, race entries, race support,etc.)

We are asking you to make a tax deductible donation (of any size) to help with the expenses of these top level athletes.

Minnesota Biathlon is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. 100% of all donations will go directly to the biathlete’s expenses. Funds received will be distributed to the athletes in proportion to their anticipated expenses per the USBA self-funding guidelines.

Please send your check made out to Minnesota Biathlon to –

Minnesota Biathlon
Lou Chouinard
3925 30th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3108.

More information and podium pictures from the races at Jericho, VT, can be seen at

Thank you for your consideration!!

Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championship Team and IBU Jr Cup & Junior European Champs Team Named

Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championship Team and IBU Jr Cup & Junior European Champs Team Named

The US Biathlon International Competition Committee is happy to announce the Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team and the team for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Jr European Championship.

Over forty athletes from Maine to Alaska completed over three days from December 28 to 30 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont which was hosted by the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club with the support of the Vermont based National Guard Biathlon Program.

The athletes had to contend with stormy conditions on day two of the series as a Noreaster brushed by the region with strong winds and snow on Thursday. Scoring of the events can be found here [link to PDF of the points] and complete results from each day of competition are available at

The International Biathlon Union’s Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships will take place from February 22 to 28 at a site to be determined in early January. The event includes four competitions for each of the two classes: Youth (under 19) and Junior (under 21).

The following athletes are named to the team:

Youth Women
Chloe Levins, Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club, Rutland, Vermont
Amanda Kautzer, Loppet Nordic Racing/Michigan, Plymouth, Minn.
Lexie Madigan*, Auburn Ski Club, Truckee, Cal.
Grace Gilliland, Alaska Biathlon, Eagle River, Alaska
Helen Wilson**, Anchorage Biathlon Club, Eagle River, Alaska
*Lexie Madigan is below the age described in the IBU Rules and is awaiting confirmation for her participation.
**Helen Wilson is named as First Alternate to the team in the event that any member is not able to participate.

Youth Men
Vasek Cervenka, Mt. Itasca, Grand Rapids, Minn
Jake Pearson, Casper Mountain Biathlon Club, Casper, Wy.
Alex Kilby, Alaska Winter Stars, Anchorage, Alaska
Eli Nielsen, Methow Valley Biathlon, Stehekin, Wash.

Junior Women
Siena Ellingson, Loppet Nordic Racing, Minnetonka, Minn
Hannah Streinz, Outdoor Sports Institute, Hersey, Maine
Nina Armstrong, Harvard College, Lake Placid, NY

Junior Men
Cameron Christiansen, NNW, Pequot Lake, Minn.
Travis Cooper, National Guard Biathlon, Kenai, Alaska
Cody Johnson, Outdoor Sports Institute, Fort Kent, Maine
Peter Carroll, Auburn Ski Club Biathlon Team, Truckee, Cal.

The International Competition Committee also named the athletes for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Junior European Championships. The events will be held January 26-29 in Pokljuka, Slovenia and February 1-5 in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic, respectively.
Women: Siena Ellingson, Chloe Levins, Amanda Kautzer
Men: Vasek Cervenka, Cameron Christiansen, Travis Cooper, Cody Johnson

US Biathlon and the International Competition Committee would like to thank the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club and the National Guard Biathlon Program for hosting the Youth Junior Biathlon World Championships Team Trials and congratulate all the athletes who competed, wishing them good luck in the New Year.

FINAL POINTS TALLY – 2017-usba-jericho-junior-trials30dec2016-xls