USBA Athlete Development Model

We’d like to share with you the newly created USBA Athlete Development Model: A guide for coaches, parents, and athletes on how to support optimal long-term development for youth in the sport of biathlon and the following message from Bernd Eisenbichler, Chief of Sport:

This model serves as the guiding philosophy and framework for our upcoming USBA Coaching Manual (to be launched summer 2018). It is a statement in short form to define our approach to the sport and serves two main purposes: to unite U.S. biathlon clubs and development programs under a common philosophy, and to develop sustainable, whole athletes capable of achieving world-class biathlon results. This will be published on our website and I ask you all to share it within the USBA community, with club coaches, officials, volunteers, athletes and their parents.

I also would like to see this model published at every venue in the country.

A BIG THANK YOU goes to all involved national team coaches and staff members, especially our Head Coach Per Nilsson as well as our Sports Psychologist Sean McCann.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU goes to Danika Frisbie [former competitor and coach] for her dedication to that project, her creativity to make it look so great and her endless patience accepting all the changes and challenges I brought to her weekly even after the “final” version from end of September (8 more drafts followed).

I am available for feedback/ questions at anytime.
With best regards,

USBA Athlete Development Model final

Wisconsin Biathlon 2017-2018 Schedule

The Wisconsin Biathlon race schedule for 2017/18 is:

  • January 7 (Sunday) Wisconsin Biathlon Cup race #1 at Blackhawk Ski Club
  • January 20 (Saturday) WIB Cup #2 at McMiller (possibly including a novice race)
  • January 28 (Sunday) WIB Cup #3 at Green Bay (with a novice race)
  • February 10+11 (Sat/Sun) WIB Cup #4a+b at McMiller (Sat) then Blackhawk (Sun)
  • February 17 (Saturday) WIB Cup #5 at Green Bay (with novice race)
  • March 4 (Sunday) WIB Cup #6 at Blackhawk (with novice race)

Minnesota Biathlon 2017/2018 Winter Biathlon Schedule



Zero, start times and formats will be announced by the organizers of the events as the details emerge.

Sun 10 Dec—MNCup  #1  Mt Itasca

Fri- Tues 15-19 Dec—IBU Trials  Mt Itasca
Sat 16 Dec – MNCup #2 Mt Itasca
Sun 17 Dec- MN Cup #3 Mt Itasca

Thurs- Sun- 28th-31st Dec YJr Trials Mt Itasca
Fri 29 Dec MN Cup #4 Mt Itasca
Sat 30 Dec MNCup #5 Mt Itasca
Sun 31 Dec MNCup #6 Mt Itasca

Sun 14 Jan ‘18  MN Cup #7 Snowflake
Sat 21 Jan  MN Cup #8 Nisswa [LJJ Nordic race Sun 28th BRD] <- updated date to Jan 21st

26 Jan Friday—MN Guard Regional Sprint- Camp Ripley
27 Jan Sat—MN Guard Regional Pursuit- Camp Ripley
28 Jan Sun—BNSC Lumberjack Jaunt – Brainerd- Nordic race

High School Section meets Tues-Thurs 6th-8th Feb various locations
High School State Meet Thurs 15 Feb Giants Ridge
JNQ Meets 17/18 Feb Mt Itasca
Sun 25 Feb MN Cup #9 Woodland Trails, Elk River

26th Feb- 04 Mar YJr Worlds Estonia
[race days- travel will be earlier

Sat 10 Mar MN Cup #10 Mt Itasca

US Nationals/NorAm Championships
29-31 Mar, Soldier Hollow, Utah

21st Fall Festival Recap – Results

Hi Everyone-
Today we held our final roller ski biathlon race of the year at Elk River on the Woodland Trails. Despite the snow earlier in the week and the falling leaves, the course was in the best shape we have seen since July. Thanks to Chad Bouley and his #1 son, the leaves and debris were blown off yesterday pm and this morning only a few dry leaves were floating around. With the snowy trees in the background, it was a fitting transition into winter. The forecast showed only a slight chance of precipitation, but actually the air stayed dry with temps in the lower 30’s. Roller skis are not the fastest at that temp, but slowly warmed up as the morning progressed.

Elk River Fall Festival – 2017-10-29 – By Event
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Ellingson, Jakob SM 1:10 42:14 41:04 +0:00 3 3 2 1 9
2 / 1 Christiansen, Cam JM 1:00 42:56 41:56 +0:52 2 3 1 1 7
9.3 km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Ellingson, Siena SW 1:20 37:43 36:23 +0:00 3 1 1 1 6
2 / 2 Guthrie, Hanne SW 1:30 39:07 37:37 +1:14 2 1 2 3 8 Skied one extra penalty loop.
3 / 1 Watson, Emma YW 1:50 41:20 39:30 +3:07 0 2 0 0 2
4 / 2 Bosek, Kaisa YW 1:40 42:32 40:52 +4:29 1 1 0 1 3
5 / 3 Bouley, Cheresa YW 2:00 46:03 44:03 +7:40 2 1 2 1 6
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Bosek, Ryker B 2:10 42:01 39:51 +0:00 3 2 2 3 10
2 / 1 Watson, Lucy G 2:20 43:45 41:25 +1:34 2 3 4 1 10


In the Men’s and Jr Men’s 11.4 km category, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon and National Guard Biathlon, overcame some range problems to take down Cam Christiansen, NNW.

In the Women’s 9.3 km category, Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon and National Guard Biathlon, slowly pulled away from Hanne Guthrie, NNW, especially in the final standing stages.

In the Youth Women’s 9.3 Km race, Emma Watson, Duluth Biathlon and top shooter of the day, missed only 2 shots of the 20, to hold off Kaisa Bosek, Wolfpack Biathlon of Alexandria, who was the second best shooter with 3 misses. Cheresa Bouley, NNW, improved her shooting immensely today, but suffered a broken wheel on one of her skis so you could hear her coming each time she approached the range! She finally had to finish the race running in her ski boots. Good Luck at the State Cross Country Running meet later in the week!!

And In the Boys/Girls 7.2 km event, Ryker Bosek, Wolfpack, shooting all prone on prone targets managed to stay ahead of Lucy Watson, Duluth Biathlon, who was shooting prone and standing—both with 10 misses.

The next race in MN will be MNCup #1 on the 10th of Dec at Mt Itasca on manmade snow!!

Bill Meyer

21st Annual Fall Festival Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

21st Annual Fall Festival Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Elk River Biathlon Range  – Directions
  • 1 / 9.3 / 11.4km Interval Start (10 seconds apart)
    • Boys / Girls – 1 medium + 4 short loops
    • Women – 3 medium + 2 short loops
    • Men – 5 medium loops
    • PPSS with Penalty Loops
  • Registration 9:30 AM
  • Zero – 10:00 AM
  • Race Start – 11:00 AM
  • Cost – $10.00 (Cheap!)
    • Make checks payable to Minnesota Biathlon 
  • Volunteers needed!! Please call Brian Wray to volunteer or with any questions – 651-366-2952.

2017 21st Annual Fall Festival 10_29_17 Registration

Good Morning!!

Attached is the Invitation for the last roller ski race of the season. We skied at Elk River yesterday and after we got the leaves blown off, the pavement was clean. Better than mid summer!! We will begin blowing about 8:30 if anyone has a packpack blower and would like to jump in.

Sharpen your pole tips—it is getting cool enough now that it takes a sharp point to grip on the harder surface. Also a good time to check over your rifle and be sure all the parts are snugged up and secure!! [Leave the trigger screws alone!!!]  If you have been having problems zeroing with multiple adjustments before the group will move, you should get into your rear sight and lightly lube it and brush it with a small brush as you move it back and forth—up and down. Count out 50 clicks one way—then go 100 the other way—and back 50 to leave it about where you started. Scrub a lot!! But very light on a thin oil..

You will have to remove the blinder and sight extender to do this. Be sure you get them back right…

You should plan to race in racing clothes—not baggy sweat shirts, floppy shorts that catch the wind, sweat pants etc. And wear gloves—same as a winter race…

So plan on attending and please let me know by Wed PM so I can set up a tentative start list.

Bill Meyer, Coach