March 17th, 2013
The Sea To Sky Nordic Festival kicked off today with the Canadian Biathlon Nationals at Whistler Olympic Park.
Nathan Smith (Alberta) took the first title in the mens 10km Sprint, winning in 25:53.7 after missing two standing shots. Kurtis Wenzel (Alberta) took second in 26:53.4, shooting clean. BIll Bowler (Independent) grabbed the final podium spot, missing one shot in standing to finish in 27:11.7.
Raleigh Goessling (Maine Winter Sports Center) led the American contingent, taking 7th in 27:53.2, missing one shot in each style.
Audrey Vaillancourt (Quebec) took the women’s 7.5km sprint title by shooting clean, finishing in 21:35.5. Megan Heinicke (Biathlon BC) finished in second, missing three standing shots to come home in 23:07.1. Corrine Malcolm (USBA) led the American contingent in third place, missing one of each to finish in 23:42.2.
Leysan Valiullina was the only Russian racer, finishing sixth in 25:55.2 after missing two prone and one standing.
Biathlon is the centre of attention for the opening week of the festival, with races on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Cross country will take over on Saturday the 23rd, overlapping with the Jumping and Nordic Combined, which begin on March 28th.