USBA and ORDA Announce US Biathlon National Championships

US Biathlon and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are pleased to invite you to the US Biathlon National Championships in Lake Placid, NY March 23-27, 2022.

Please find the invitation attached, as well as a link below to find more information. Please reach out to ORDA with any questions.

https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Events/2022/March/23/National-Championships

Trials, European Champs and Worlds

Good Morning!!

Well, Trials are behind us! It was a pretty brutal experience between the altitude, heavy snow and a lot—a whole lot of wind on some days! The Midwest group had 14 athletes including Emily Broderson racing in the Masters class. Of those with MN connections, we placed 4 of the 17 now named to the US Teams!! In order of success:

Emma Stertz—top Junior woman
Cheresa Bouley—2nd Junior woman
Matej Cervenka– 4th Youth man
Alexandria Rud– 4th Youth woman—Alexandria is a dual citizen from Norway with family connections in MN! She has raced with our group twice now.

Unfortunately, it takes a number of weeks at high altitude for the bodies to adjust, produce more red blood cells, and to allow full performances! As student/athletes, that is pretty much an impossibility for those of us living around 1200 feet above sea level when we have to race at 5900 feet!! Most of our athletes did improve as the race series progressed..and all certainly felt better! However, the Youth and Junior World Championships will be held this year at the same venue in Utah, so picking a team that can have success there was both important and an early opportunity to see and experience the same venue as those races in February!!

So while our skiing suffered, especially the first days, we again did very well on the shooting side. There were a total of 59 Youth and Juniors doing the 3 races—or a total of 3 x 59= 177 “individual races”. Of all those, 32 had ‘races’ shooting 80% or better—13 of them were our athletes. Only 14 shot a race 90% or better—and we had 6 of those. And only 3 had clean races, and we had 2 of those: Kaisa and Saylor both shot a clean race!!!!

To give you an idea of the conditions during the long 10km pursuit race—only 2 of the 59 shot 80% or better. It was nasty windy!!!

I think we can all thank Jeff Bosek for passing on his expertise on the ranges over the past 3 yrs—Kaisa has now cleaned 3 races in Soldier Hollow alone… still looking for that clean 4 stage race yet!!

So of the above three MN athletes and plus Amanda Kautzer, who is headed for the IBU events in Europe, with an eye on the last spots on the Olympic team—only Emma Stertz qualified for any financial help and that is for Worlds in the US, the European trip is self pay. Matej qualified just for the Utah events on a self pay basis. Cheresa and Amanda are totally on a self pay basis. With that in mind, if anyone wants to donate to help fund their expenses, Minnesota Biathlon is a 501c3 corporation and your donation is tax deductable. If you prefer to designate a recipient, the donation can go directly to that athlete, if not, then it will be divided equally between Emma, Cheresa, Matej and Amanda.

For this coming week—most have races next weekend—so should concentrate on easy distance skiing. Coming up on the 15th/16th weekend are the next Regional races –down in Middleton [Madison] WI. Mark Torresani indicates conditions should be good and the invitation will be forthcoming early this week!! And the 29th/30th will be Regionals in Elk River!

So enjoy the snow, keep racing, and for sure, enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Upcoming events and racing on Snow!! – Bill Meyer

Good Morning Everyone!!

Summarizing our upcoming schedule and getting some signups for W. Yellowstone over Thanksgiving week, Youth and Junior World Team Trials at the end of Dec and US Nationals at the end of March.

First—would anyone be interested in another daycamp at Elk River on Sunday the 14th of Nov? Please let me know asap if you are. This is tentative at this point until I hear from you guys.

Then the annual Thanksgiving camp at West Yellowstone including a biathlon race on Wed the 24th of Nov is coming right up!! The Team leaders will be the Brodersons:
emilyruthbroderson@gmail.com

They have some information on housing and the week’s plans—so let them know if you are planning on that and keep me in the loop also!!

Then we have races scheduled at Mt Itasca in early Dec:
MN Cup #1 on Sunday, 5 Dec. This is open to all comers, but is also dependent on snowmaking/weather!
Regional races/MN Cups Sat and Sunday 11/12 Dec. Again these races are open to all comers

Invitations to these events will be forthcoming prior to the events.

Then at the National level coming up right after Christmas at Soldier Hollow, Utah, 27-31 Dec, US Biathlon is holding the US Youth and Junior Team Trials to determine who makes the team to the YJr World Championships and a few other international events.

This venue is up at high altitude, 5900 feet, so anyone planning on attending should plan to arrive well ahead of the first race. Official Training will start on 27 Dec and races will be on 28,30 & 31 Dec.

We will have a coaching staff headed up by Jeff Bosek with assistance from Marcus/Tara Landrum and Chad/Lynda Bouley headed out. Jean and I will be out prior to the races. Other coaches are welcome to join in!!

Housing in the Heber City/Midway UT appears to be quite expensive. This series is for advanced athletes who have a shot at making the teams. It is also a good chance for an advanced athlete to just experience the National Trials atmosphere, but for most in that category, Nationals would be a better choice. See below. Only age classes <17, Youth and Juniors are eligible for team positions. <17 & Youth are combined into one class.

If you plan to attend Trials—please let Jeff and me know asap!!
pro8diver@gmail.com

In Jan:

15/16 Jan – Regional races at Blackhawk in Madison- these are also MN Cup races
29/30 Jan – Regional races at Elk River—MN Cup races also

And more Regional and MN Cup events the rest of the winter.

Then on the 23rd-27th of March—US Biathlon will hold US Nationals at Lake Placid. This venue is lower—and a good place for an aspiring biathlete to dip their big toe in the water of National competition!!!

So please let me know your plans—so we can adequately staff these events!!

Enjoy the Journey—you have been working hard to get to the main season—just now coming up!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

USBA International Team Criteria for the 2021-22 season

Below you will find links to the finalized and approved criteria for the 2021-22 season. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

Senior Team Criteria:
https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Resources/Team-Selection-Procedures/International-Team-Selection-Criteria

Junior Team Criteria:
https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Resources/Team-Selection-Procedures/Youth-and–Junior-Selection-Procedures

Last day of 2021 Nationals

On Sunday, it continued with a 5 km Super Sprint with 4 shooting stages for all athletes. The wind continued to rise- estimate in the high 20’s or low 30’s mph—but the penalty loop was only 75 meters for that format.

Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, took 1st place in the Youth Men’s division with 2,1,3,1 shooting! Another National Championship for MN!!
Kaisa Bosek continued her run with a 2nd in the Youth Women’s class with 1,0,1,1 shooting! And Evelyn Hudrlik moved up to 7th, shooting 3,2,4,3. Nice result for a 1st yr in Biathlon!!
Saylor Landrum finished in 10th, shooting 1,1,4,2.

On Tues, Marc Sheppard sent out the overall shooting results. Kaisa Bosek was the top shooter for Nationals this year with 83.3% Avg, followed in 20th place by Sam Stertz at 63.3%, Saylor Landrum in 26th at 60%. Cheresa Bouley only was able to do two races, but her average was 70% –about in the top 10.