US IBU Cup Trials Sprint Competition – Dec 19, 2017 – RESULTS

The Sun was shining at Mt Itasca this morning, and the temps were in the 20’s….. but dropping. AND the wind was blowing across the range at 15-20 mph with gusts up into the 30’s. Shooting today was rough for most. A 40 grain 0.22 Long Rifle bullet at 50 meters will be blown sideways about 3” in that wind..and the target is only about 1 3/4” in diameter in prone. In standing—the wind simply blows the rifle back and forth–

Results IBU Cup Sprint 12.19.17

In the Women’s 7.5 km Sprint, Maddie Phaneuf of USBA again dominated, missing 0 in prone and 3 in standing to finish in 23:34. She was followed closely by Chloe Levins, a 19 yr old skiing for USBA who also missed 3 and finished 16.5 sec behind. In 3rd was Kelsy Dickenson, St Scholastica, missing 2 shots, and finishing 45.4 sec back.

In the Men’s 10 km event, local excitement prevailed. Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca Biathlon, was the only Man to clean in prone—and with that adrenaline boost, he skied very strongly; and even missing 2 in standing, he finished 1st in 25:42. Following closely behind, past MN State Champion from Esko, Raleigh Goessling missed 1 each in prone and standing—to finish 27.9 sec back. He was followed in 3rd by previous winner Alexander Howe, skiing for Craftsbury in VT, missing 5 shots and finishing 58.2 sec behind.

The USBA International Competition Committee will now go over the results. The Trials are based on each athlete’s best 2 of the 4 races on a percent back basis…The committee will then make a recommendation as to who will make the IBU Cup Team.

The next races in MN are coming right up next week. While the temperatures are forecast to drop quickly, Mt Itasca will host the US Team Trials for Youth and Juniors for the team that will compete at the YJr World Championships in Estonia in Feb. Races will be on the 29th, 30th and 31st, with Official training on the 28th. Mt Itasca will be closed to public skiing until 1:00 each of those days.

US IBU Cup Trials Mass Start Dec 17, 2017 – RESULTS

The US athlete selection Trials races for positions on the US Team to the upcoming IBU Cups in Europe continued over the weekend with a Sprint race on Saturday and a Mass Start race on Sunday. The races are scored on a percent back basis with each athletes times compared with the average of the top 3 finishers in the race. So being close to the top counts more than the finish places. Of course the top finishers get more points than those behind them. The US Olympic Biathlon Team has not yet been completely selected, so those named from these Trials may have an opportunity to move up to the World Cup from the IBU Cup, or even up to the Olympic Team.

Results IBU Cup Mass Start 12.17.17

In the Saturday Sprint races, Day 2 of the IBU Team Trials saw some light snow and a brisk, but variable SE wind. Only one athlete, Joanne Reid of the USBA team cleaned all her targets, letting her finish 1st in the Women’s 7.5 km event with a time of 21:22. In 2nd was Chloe Levins, USBA, with 2 misses, 1:14 back, and in 3rd was Maddie Phaneuf, USBA X Team, also with 2 misses and 1:25 behind.

In the Men’s 10 km race, Alexander Howe, Craftsbury GRP, missed 2 and finished in 24:26 for 1st place, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon/ National Guard Biathlon missed 1, finishing only 3.3 sec behind, while Jake Brown, USBA X Team, missed 2 and finished 13.6 sec behind for 3rd. Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca , was in 5th with 3 misses 50.2 sec behind. Jakob Ellingson, Jake Brown, and Vasek Cervenka are all from MN.

On Sunday, Day 3 of the Trials, the temps warmed up a bit, higher humidity ruled, and the SE wind continued to rise and fall causing many top shooters to visit the penalty loop. In Biathlon it is pretty much impossible to predict the top finishers even knowing the relative ski and shooting ability of the athletes, they have to combine both talents to win.

In the Men’s 15 km Mass Start event [see picture of start below] Jakob Ellingson and Russell Currier, USBA, left the range together, both cleaning the last standing shoot. Russell, with 3 total misses, finished 1st in 36:23 with some blistering skiing, 15 sec ahead of Jakob, who had only 1 miss total for 2nd. Patrick Johnson, California, finished 3rd with 4 misses, 1:16 back. Vasek Cervenka, was again in 5th place, with 5 missed shots, finishing 2:14 behind.

Vasek, an 18 yr old from Grand Rapids, was skiing in the Senior Men’s category, normally for those 21 yrs of age and up.

In the Women’s 12.5 km race, Chloe Levins, moved up to 1st, missing 3 shots and finishing in 36:43. Maddie Phaneuf, also with 3 misses, finished 2nd 10.1 sec behind, and Joanne Reid, missing 6 shots, was 3rd 1:10 behind. Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca/ National Guard Biathlon, was 4th, missing 4 shots, finishing 2:11 behind Chloe.

The last race of the Trials will be a Sprint on Tues, after which the USBA International Competition Committee will examine the results and announce the team nominations.

US Trials IBU Cup Race #1 – RESULTS

In this morning’s 7.5 km Sprint race, USBA Team member Maddie Phaneuf dominated with clean shooting and finished in 20:27.5. In 2nd was Joanne Reid, also with the USBA team with one miss in standing, finishing 37.6 sec behind, followed in 3rd by St Scholastica’s Kelsy Dickenson, who also shot clean and finished 1:07.3 behind. Minnesota’s Siena Ellingson skiing for Mt Itasca Biathlon/ National Guard Biathlon was in 4th with 2 misses 1:35 behind.

In the Men’s 10 km Sprint event, USBA’s Russell Currier was first with 2 misses, finishing in 23:27.4. He was followed by Alexander Howe, Craftsbury GRP, with 4 misses 25.8 sec back and in 3rd was Minnesota’s Jakob Ellingson of Mt Itasca/National Guard Biathlon with 2 misses finishing 29.7 sec back. Jake Brown with USBA was 4th with 2 misses and 51 sec behind. Mt Itasca’s Vasek Cervenka was in 5th place with 3 misses and 56.1 sec back.

Tomorrow is the second race of the Trials with another Sprint. On Sunday will be a Mass Start with 15 km for the Men and 12.5 km for the Women. The last race will be on Tues with another Sprint.


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,

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