-In Sunday’s junior men’s 12.5 k pursuit at the Under-26 Open European Championships, American Casey Smith raced from 31st up two spots to 29th. As in Saturday’s sprint, Smith displayed strong shooting, missing three shots in twenty attempts. None of the junior men cleaned and only five escaped with a single penalty.
“I was happy that I moved up a few places, that is always better than going backwards,” Smith told FasterSkier in an e-mail. “Overall I thought the race went well. There were some tough hills today that were hard to get over, but other than that I skied fairly well. I was happy with my shooting – especially on the last stage, it’s always nice to be able to head straight out onto the course and not have to stop off at the penalty loop.”
Smith’s last race of the championships, which are being held in Osrblie, Slovakia, will be an individual race on Wednesday.
Results from Sunday here.
-U.S. biathlete Laura Spector, who raced into the top 30 in the Under-26 pursuit, told FasterSkier about her season so far, during which she started on the World Cup but then moved to the second-tier IBU Cup circuit in search of better results. Is she hoping for strong enough results in Osrblie to get back on the World Cup?
“My objective right now is to race well, and making it back to the World Cup would be a small bonus if that were to happen,” she said. “But really I’m just looking to regain my form and confidence. I’m just happy to feel strong competing, wherever that may be.”
-Teammate Russell Currier has been racing on the World Cup, where he recently collected his first top-ten finish. While most biathlon’s stars had this weekend off to rest and train before the circuit moves to Oslo, Norway, Currier competed in Osrblie. He told FasterSkier that he was happy to get more starts and not worried about missing the rest week.
“I’ll have plenty of time to rest and train at some point in the next few weeks,” he wrote in an e-mail. “It’s nice to be here and it’s a great source of racing experience that I don’t always get at higher levels of racing.”