Snowflake Biathlon Race Minnesota Cup #7 – Sun, Jan 14, 2018 – RESULTS

Snowflake Biathlon Race

Minnesota Cup #7

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Area

MN Cup #7 — January 14, 2018 — Snowflake Nordic, Duluth
9.5K Mass Start
Place Name Category Time P P S S Total Notes
1 Cam Christensen SM 38:49 0 0 1 1 2 Target malfunction caused unnecessary penalty loops. Adjustment applied: -1:15
2 Hanne Guthrie SW 46:20 3 1 1 2 7
3 Halcyon Brown JW 52:04 1 0 1 2 4
4 Kaisa Bosek G 54:40 0 3 2 0 5
5 Emma Watson YW 57:51 0 2 1 0 3
7.5km Mass Start
1 Mia Zutter JW-VI 44:43 5 5 5 5 20 Audio target malfunction, skied all penalty loops
2 Lucy Watson G 50:20 2 3 2 4 11
Clara Kramer G DNF
Ryker Bosek B DNF

Snowflake Biathlon Race 2018 Registration

Date: Sunday, January 14th, 2018

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: Noon to 1:00PM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero:           1:00 PM to 1:45 PM

Race Start:   2:00 PM, 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:

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

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
Sun 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

Midwest Regional Intensity/Biathlon Camp 19-22 Oct, 2017

Midwest Regional Biathlon Camp
October 19-22, 2017
Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids / Elk River, MN

This camp will focus on the specific biathlon training – fast shooting drills, hard combo intervals, additional physical testing( uphill test, rollerski time-trial)

Dates: Thursday, October 19 at 10:00AM, [meeting at Mt. Itasca]  through Sunday, October 22, at 11:00AM at Mt. Itasca or 12:00 PM Elk River.

Note: For those interested, there will be an option to move part of the camp to Elk River on Sunday to workout on the paved trails. Please let both Vlad and me know ASAP: a] if you plan to attend the camp, b] what days you will be there, c] if you want to finish with Sunday at Elk River.


Thu 19- 10 AM: Shooting drills + shooting tests

        2 PM : Combo Intervals 6-8x 5 min

Fri 20 –   8AM : Uphill test

        10AM : Shooting drills, easy combo

        3PM  : Rollerski distance+ technique 2h

Sat 21-   8AM : Rollerski timetrial or intervals( meeting at Fairgrounds)

        3PM : Strength combo shooting, shooting drills

Sun 22-  9AM : Combo shooting/ timetrials [Vlad]

        or  – 10:00 AM Elk River—Combo shooting/ Time trials  [Bill]

What to bring: You will need 1 brick of ammo, running shoes, several  set of clothing, rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier.

Housing and foodON Your OWN!!!! Possible to camp at Mt. Itasca.

Cost : $ 20/ day   for coaching and usage of  Mt. Itasca ( free for Mt. Itasca athletes)

Please let me know who is coming ( outside the Mt. Itasca athletes)