Youth Olympic Games update

Kaisa Bosek placed 18th in first Biathlon event at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland

US Biathlete Kaisa Bosek, 17,  Alexandria, MN finished 18th in the 1st Biathlon Event of the Youth Olympic Games. This event takes place every 4 yrs for athletes in their later teens and is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee. There were 93 finishers. 

Kaisa shot 0,0,2,0 and finished the 10km course in 36:30.8. The winner, Alena Mokhova of Russia shot 1,0,0,1 and finished in 32:26. 

Lexie Madigan of California shot 3,2,1,2 and finished in 39:59 for 55th and Maja Lapkiss of Anchorage, shot 1,4,2,3 and finished 69th

Up tomorrow is the single mixed relay. The teams have not been named as of yet.

Youth and Junior Trials–team named

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Dec. 31, 2019) – The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team. The 15-member squad will compete at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships taking place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Jan. 26-Feb. 2.

The team was announced at the conclusion of the U.S. Biathlon Junior and Youth World Championships Trials held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt., Dec. 27-31. The trials consisted of two sprint races and one pursuit race for all categories.

“We are excited to field a great group of athletes for this season’s Youth and Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. “The trials races were highly competitive, with bigger field sizes than we’ve seen in recent history.  A big congrats to all the competitors on a successful trials, and congrats to those athletes that qualified for the Youth and Junior World Championships.”

Qualifying for the 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, were the following athletes:

Female Junior World Championship Team
Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team)
Ariana Woods (McCall, Idaho/Bridger Biathlon Club)
Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica)

Female Youth World Championship Team
Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow)
Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack)
Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

Male Junior World Championship Team
Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club)
Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team)
Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team)
Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon)

Male Youth World Championship Team
Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)
Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
Timothy Cobb (Westford, Vt./Ethan Allen Biathlon/Mansfield Nordic)
Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon)

Race Day #3 Results at 2019 USBA Junior Trials

Today saw the last of the 3 races in VT, Trials for the Youth and Junior World Championships. Results can be seen on http://www.eabiathlon.org/.

Also note the Overall series points (best 2 of 3):

Two things of note:
1] Kaisa Bosek won today’s YW race by 0.7 sec. She held off a young lady from Utah to hold 2nd place in the overalls by 0.5%.

2] Five MN biathletes are in the top 4 of the classes which makes them eligible for the US Team. The top two positions are normally automatic, while the remaining positions are subject to coach’s discretion. The International Competition Committee makes the final decision.

In contention:
Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, 1st in Jr M. Garrett won his first two races
Vasek Cervenka, Grand Rapids, 2nd in Jr M, Vasek won the race today
Kaisa Bosek, Alexandria, 2nd in YW. Kaisa is also qualified for the Youth Olympic Games based on previous races
Emma Stertz, Grand Rapids, 4th in Jr W.
Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, 4th in YM. Sam won his first race.

Our congrats to all who participated, and especially to those who won their races!! For those ultimately named to the 16 maximum person US team [4 each category] good luck in Switzerland!!!

Enjoy the next phase of your Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Race Day #2 at 2019 USBA Junior Trials

At http://eabiathlon.org/ you can find all the results to date from
VT at US Biathlon Team Trials. Yesterday was a training day rather than today as was anticipated. Final race is tomorrow.

Note also the standings available. These are based on % back of the average of the top 3 in the race by class. After tomorrow’s shorter sprint [6 km women and 7.5 km men] each athlete’s top 2 scores will be used to determine final placement.

Our congrats to Garrett Beckrich..winner two days in a row!!

Our best to all the participants—today was sleet and wind.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Junior National Team Criteria

Junior National Team 2020
Based at Regional Centers/ Clubs

As a training camp based team, the purpose of the Junior National Team is to foster effective training environments and coaching relationships that support the continued development of our top performing Junior and Youth athletes.

Biathletes named to this team have demonstrated internationally competitive biathlon performances and/or Nationally competitive ski speed. Athletes will automatically qualify for this team via the following criteria, as long as they will be at in the Y/Jr age class for the coming season.

Selection Criteria

  1. Top 40 result (excluding relays) at YJWCH, or
  2. Top 40 result (excluding relays) at JOECH, or
  3. Top 20 results (excluding relays) at the Jr. IBU Cup, or
  4. Any Y/Jr athlete that qualifies for any Sr. IBU Cup or World Cup

Additional athletes ​may​ be named to the Junior National Team via discretion. When considering athletes for discretionary selection, the USBA principles of discretion will apply as well as these factors:

  1. Internationally competitive ski speed in biathlon, such as top 20 course times at JYWCH/JOECH.
  2. Nationally competitive ski speed in cross country, such as top 15 distance results at Junior Nationals, while showing commitment to biathlon.
  3. Junior or Youth athletes with exceptional results at US Biathlon National Championship.

If extra space is available at training camps before US Summer National Championships, additional athletes may be invited to participate based on their best performance at Junior & Youth World Championships, Junior IBU Cups, JOECH and US Nationals.

After Summer Nationals, extra camp space ​may​ be filled by staff recommendations and US Biathlon International Competition Committee approval based on the events listed above and Summer Nationals.