Kaisa Bosek, 16, from Alexandria MN and a member of the Wolfpack/MN Biathlon Club has been nominated by the US Biathlon Association to be a member of the 6 athlete US Biathlon Team to the Youth Olympic Games to be held Jan 9-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This event is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and includes all the Winter Olympic sports.
The US team will consist of 3 men and 3 women who were selected based on each athlete’s best 4 of 8 national level races starting with Team Trials in Utah, continuing at Nationals in VT and finishing at the National Roller ski Biathlon Championships in VT early in August. Only one roller ski event could be counted even though the competitors skied on matched roller skis provided by USBA.
Bosek was in 3rd place on the Youth Women roster coming into the last races then dominated in the final two, finishing the series with a 7.5km Pursuit race shooting 0,0,0,1 [one miss in 20 shots] and finishing over 3 min ahead of her nearest YOG competitor and scoring 107.3% based on the avg of the top 3 finishers to move her up to 1st in the selection process, which is based on percent back scores.
Our congratulations to Kaisa and her coach, Jeff Bosek!
Once each 4 years the International Olympic Committee hosts the Youth Olympics. YOG’s. The Winter Games will be in Jan, 2020 in Switzerland. US Biathlon started the selection process for those who were born in years 2002 & 2003 back at the Trials in Utah last Dec with 3 races, and continued at the Nationals in Vermont last month with 3 more. The final qualifier races will be in Vermont in August on roller skis. Only one of the upcoming races can be included in the best 4 of the 8 races. All races are scored on a percent back basis, based on the average of the top 3 in each event.
What was unknown until yesterday was how many start positions the US was entitled to, so that was clarified as 3 each for men and women. The current standings are enclosed by Tim.
In addition, there will be a team from the US at the Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships later in Jan. All 15 through 18 yr old Youth will be eligible to qualify for the 4 Youth positions open on those teams based on a series of 3 races held between Christmas and New Years somewhere in the US. 19 through 21 yr olds can qualify as Juniors.
Opportunities in Biathlon!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
The Open European Jr Championships concluded yesterday. While the World Championships in Sweden have garnered most of the attention, the top Youth and Juniors have been competing in Norway including Garrett Beckrich, Vasek Cervenka [ill] and Emma Stertz of Grand Rapids.
In Saturday’s Sprint races:
1st Sivert Guttorn Bakken of Norway o,o 24:48
44th Lars Leopold USA 0,1 + 2:19
57th Garrett Beckrich USA 0,2 + 2:45
88th Maxime Germain USA 1,2 + 4:26
91st Bjorn Westervelt USA 2,3 + 4:41
Vasek Cervenka USA ill—DNS
1st Camille Bened FRA 0,0 21:58
37th Chloe Levins USA 0,1 +1:56
89th Maja Lapkass USA 1,1 +4:12
95th Emma Stertz USA 1,1 4:43
103rd Lina Farra USA 4,1 +6:33
The top 60 in each field advanced to the Pursuits on Sunday
1st Julian Hollanat GER 0020 36:23
22nd Garrett Beckrich 1111 + 3:25 [includes time back from Saturday!!]
Lars Leopold USA DNS
10 km Women
1st Julianne Fruehwirt GER 0111 32:15
35th Chloe Levins 0124 +4:20
Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
Three MN Biathletes are in Norway to compete in the Open European Jr Championships this week. All of Grand Rapids, Garrett Beckrich, Emma Stertz and Vasek Cervenka. Unfortunately Vasek is currently ill and did not compete today.
In the 15 km Jr Men’s Individual race [with a one minute add on penalty per missed shot]
1st Tim Grotian GER 0000 40:33.4
21st Garrett Beckrich USA 1210 +4:03.8
33rd Maxim Germain USA 0101 +5:14
93rd Lars Leopold USA 4102 +10:18
104th Bjorn Westerveld USA 2243 +13:59
In the 12.5 km Jr Woman’s Individual event- 1 min per miss penalty
1st Camille Bened FRA 0000 40:09
19th Chloe Levins USA 0011 +3:16
70th Emma Stertz USA 0012 +8:26
94th Maja Lapkass USA 1412 +13:16
100th Lina Farra USA 3301 +14:11
Juniors are ages 19,20, 21, but athletes like Emma and Garrett at 18 can race up.
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.
Bill Meyer, Coach
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