Youth and Junior World Championships

Today saw the completion of the YJr World Biathlon Championships in Slovakia with all 4 classes in their respective Pursuit races. Only the top 60 from the Sprint races advanced to the Pursuit—and the start time is not given back, so if you were 2 min behind in the Sprint—you start 2 min back in the Pursuit and the first one across the line wins.

Of extra note was Chloe Levins in the Jr Women’s event who moved from 29th starting 1:16 back based on her sprint results—up to 10th today 1:06 back shooting 0,0,1,1. Very nice!

In the Youth Men’s Pursuit, Garrett Beckrich of Mt Itasca/MN Biathlon moved up from 45th starting 2:42 back to 31st finishing 4:52 back with 1,1,1,1 on the range. Very nice way to finish the Championships!!

Garrett’s races both on Friday and today were won by Alex Cisar of Slovenia. Alex spent a couple of months training at Mt Itasca early this summer..and I grabbed a little video on him during a time trial on the Mesabi trail. Alex is in the white helmet doing V2 up a long pretty steep hill. Note how long he stays on his left ski as he initiates poling from a high forward position before he pushes across. Strong guy!! Really good technique!

Enjoy. Later this week the World Cup moves to Canmore, Alberta, then the following week to Soldier Hollow where we just had the US Youth and Junior Trials. Replays of those races are available on the IBU webpage under live broadcasts…Eurosport.

https://www.biathlonworld.com/competitions/youth-world-championship/events/ibu-youth-junior-world-championships-osrblie-1819/bt1819jwrlch__/race/ymen-10-km-pursuit/bt1819jwrlch__ympu/

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Y Jr World Championships- Junior classes Sprints

Leopold and Levins advance to Pursuits

Lars Leopold, and Chloe Levins will join Garrett Beckrich and Helen Wilson in the Pursuit races for the US tomorrow to conclude the 2019 Y Jr Biathlon World Championships.

Leopold finished todays Jr Men’s 10 km Sprint 2:59 behind Vebjoern Soerum, Norway, who shot clean and finished in 25:42. Lars shot 0,2 and finished in 54th place.
Vasek Cervenka shot 1,1 and was 3:08 back for 63rd; Cody Johnson shot 1,1 and finished 3:20 back for 72nd; and Camren Nielsen shot 1,1 and finished 5:48 back for 92nd.

In the Jr Women’s 7.5km event, Chloe Levins shot 0,1 to finish 29th, 1:16 behind winner Ekaterina Bekh of Ukraine who shot clean and finished in 21:03. Maja Lapkiss was 62nd shooting 1,1 and finishing 2:40 back; and Ariana Woods was 88 th shooting 2,5 and finishing 6:37 behind.

The top 60 in each race advance to the Pursuit races.

Good shooting and fast skiing to all !!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Y Jr Worlds- Biathlon- Youth Sprints

Garrett Beckrich top US Youth Biathlete again.

In the 7.5 km Youth Men’s Sprint, Garrett Beckrich, Mt Itasca/MN Biathlon, again lead the US team with a 45th place finish shooting 1,2 and ending up 2:42 behind winner Alex Cisar, Slovenia, who shot 1,0 and finished in 20:27. Alex spent a couple of months training at Mt Itasca this spring.

Bjorn Westervelt shot 2,2 and finished 2:53 back for 54th place; Maxime Germain shot 3,1 and finished 3:22 back for 66th and Vincent Bonacci shot 4,0, finished 3:52 behind for 74th place, out of 110 finishers.

Garrett and Bjorn advance to the Pursuit race on Sunday.

In the Youth Women’s 6.0 km event, Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca/ MN Biathlon missed 3 shots to finish 62 nd, 3:37 behind Maren Bakker of Norway who cleaned and finished in 17:31. The top 60 advance to the Pursuit.

Helen Wilson, Anchorage, finished 55th with 1 penalty, 3:17 back; Lena Farra, Salt Lake City, had 5 penalties, finished 70th 4:03 back and Lexie Madigan, Truckee Calif, had 5 penalties and finished in 73rd 4:15 back out of 103 finishers.

Tomorrow the Juniors have their Sprint races followed on Sunday by the Pursuits for all classes.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Junior Relays- YJr World Championships

This morning saw the Junior’s in their respective relay races, 4 x 7.5km for the Men and 3 x 6km for the Women.

In the Men’s event, Russia finished first with 9 total extra rounds and 1 penalty loop, finishing in 1:20:35. Germany was 1 sec behind using 4 extras, and Italy was 3rd using 3 extras and about 2 sec behind. Sounds like an exciting finish up front.

The US struggled on the range—using 16 extra rounds and still needing 3 penalty loops. Finished in 19th- 9:47 back of first.

In the Women’s race France took the top honors using 1 extra total for the 3 athlete legs, and finishing in 54:26. Germany was 2nd using 3 total extras, and finishing 15 sec back. the US Women had similar problems as the Men, using 7 extra rounds total, but needing 3 penalty loops in the standing shooting stages, to finish in 21st 7:04 behind.

Tomorrow is a break day—with the Youth Sprint races coming up on Fri and the Juniors on Saturday. All classes will do the Pursuit races on Sunday.

Y Jr World Championships- Youth relays this morning

Today saw the Youth class relays at the Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships in Orsblie, Slovakia.

In the Youth Men’s 3 x 7.5 km event the USA finished 15th, 4:47.9 behind winner Germany.
Germany’s 3 athletes used only 5 spare rounds total [in a relay each athlete must use up to 3 extra single rounds after the 5 round magazine in each shooting stage, if all the targets were not hit] and the team finished in 1:01:50.6. The USA’s team used 14 extras and still had to do 2 penalty loops.

Garrett Beckrich will be skiing tomorrow with the Junior Men in the 4 x 7.5 event as one of the Junior athletes has been sick all week.

In the Youth Women’s 3 x 6.0 km event, the US finished 19th, 7:22 behind winner Norway, who only used 3 extra rounds and finished in 57:19.2
Emma Stertz had a good first leg—using only 3 extras and handing off in the middle of the pack. Lina Ferra struggled in standing using a total of 4 extra rounds and still needing 2 penalty loops before heading back to the course. Helen Wilson finished up using 3 extras.

So the next events will be tomorrow am with the Junior Men followed by the Junior Women. Then after a day break, the Youth Men and Women will do the Sprint events on Friday, the Juniors on Saturday and then all will do pursuit events on Sunday.

It’s a long tough week!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Y Jr Worlds- Slovakia

Junior Men’s 15 km Individual event

Vasek Cervenka, Grand Rapids, Mt Itasca Biathlon/MN Biathlon finished 32nd in this morning’s 15 km Jr Men’s Individual missing 2 targets [at 1 min penalty per miss] and finishing 3:23 behind Martin Bourgeois Republique of France who had 1 miss and won in 44:30.

US teamate, Lars Leopold actually tied Vasek for 32nd with one more penalty.

Cody Johnson of the National Guard was 79th with 6 penalties and 8:13 back.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon