This morning saw the last biathlon event at the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland, a mixed relay. The results are linked in above.
The Mixed Relay starts with one of two women skiing 6 km each, shooting prone after 2 km with the normal 5 rounds from the magazine, then using up to 3 hand loaded ‘relay rounds’ if needed and doing penalty loops for any remaining targets; then standing after 2 km more, and then tagging off after 2 km more. After the two women, each of the two men on the team go 7.5km with two shooting stages for each one.
Kaisa Bosek, in her 4th race in 5 days, lead off for the US, used 2 extra rounds in prone, shot clean in standing and tagged off in 16th- 2 min behind the leader. From there the US struggled dropping to 18th then back up to 16th with the first boy and ending up in 19th after the last boy, a little over 10 min behind Italy, the winning team. Both boys used all their relay rounds and had a total of 3 penalty loops between them.
Kaisa has also qualified for the US team to the Youth and Junior Championships coming up with the first event on the 26th of January again in Switzerland.
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.
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
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
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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.
Interested in trying a Biathlon event out of state? Coming up on the 17th of Feb is Wisconsin Cup #6 to be held just north of Green Bay WI. One family has already talked to me about attending..Hanne Guthrie is now a local over that way, and I am sure would love to see some MN faces to race against.
Let me know if you are interested, and I might even pack an overnight bag.
We got about 10” more snow last night..packing the range again today.
Enjoy the Winter! And 3 more MN Cup races coming up on Saturdays starting on March 3rd!
Bill Meyer, Coach