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Biathlon Canada Names Teams for Tour #1 on the IBU World Cup and IBU Cup

After last week’s selection trials held in Canmore, Alberta, Biathlon Canada announced today the athletes competing on the IBU World Cup and IBU Cup for the team’s first racing tour.

Prior to the three-race selection trials held in Canmore, Alberta, only Rosanna Crawford and Scott Gow had pre-qualified for the IBU World Cup.

Today’s announcement includes eight athletes selected for the World Cup and eight for the IBU Cup.

Canada’s World Cup team will include the following athletes for tour 1. Christian Gow, Scott Gow, Brendan Green, and Nathan Smith for the men’s team. Megan Bankes, Rosanna Crawford, Nadia Moser, and Megan Tandy comprise the women’s team.

The IBU World Cup begins on Dec. 2, in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Jules Burnotte, Carsen Campbell, Aidan Millar, and Adam Runnalls will represent Canada’s men on the IBU Cup. Sarah Beaudry, Emily Dickson, Emma Lunder, and Darya Sepandj make up the IBU Cup women’s team.

The IBU Cup starts Nov. 29, in Idre, Sweden.

USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships Recap

On Aug. 11-12 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont, the US Biathlon Association (USBA) host the first in a two-part series of trials races for both its World Cup and IBU Cup teams, which doubled as USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships. The selection races for the U.S. teams include those held recently in Jericho and a second set of rollerski races Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The selection criteria notes that several athletes have pre-qualified for the November World Cup weekends 1-3 and early IBU Cup races. Results in the rollerski trials do not affect pre-qualified athletes’ selection standing. The results from the Jericho and Soldier Hollow rollerski series will impact non-prequalified athletes. Results for non-prequalified athletes will be used to select additional biathletes for World Cups 1-3 and IBU Cups 2-3. When the points list is formalized from the qualification races, only one…

Glazyrina Drops Appeal, Ineligible to Compete Until Feb. 2019

Ekaterina Glazyrina has withdrawn her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), leaving the 31-year-old Russian biathlete suspended from competition until Feb. 10, 2019 for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The news regarding a “Termination Order by the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division” concerning her case, which involved her use of a banned substance, came from the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on Friday. It came after Glazyrina officially withdrew her appeal of the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel’s decision on April 24. She has been serving a provisional suspension handed down by the IBU Executive Board since Feb. 10, 2017, and all of her results from Dec. 19, 2013 until that date have been annulled. Because she is no longer appealing the doping charges, Glazyrina has to serve two years of competition ineligibility. Since her provisional suspension began in February 2017, the last 16 months count toward her two-year…

IBU Continues Restructuring: Kristjan Oja Appointed IBU Cup Race Director

(Press release) SALZBURG, Austria (June 5, 2018): Proceeding with its planned reorganization the International Biathlon Union (IBU) appointed Mr Kristjan Oja of Estonia as IBU Cup Race Director. In his new position Mr Oja will not only be responsible for the organization of the IBU’s second tier circuit, but also will oversee the IBU Open European Championships and the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships. He will further handle administrative tasks within the Sports Department. Mr Oja joins IBU from the Estonian Biathlon Federation where he worked as Secretary-General since 2001. The former biathlete and Olympian has served as an elected member of the IBU Technical Committee for the past six years and worked as an International Referee since 2002. He is also a member of the IBU Technical Delegates group. Mr Oja will report to IBU Sports Director Felix Bitterling, who commented, “Kristjan is a highly experienced biathlon referee and…

IBU Keeps World Cup in Russia, Slated for March, On Schedule

At an Executive Board meeting at the Olympics, the IBU (International Biathlon Union) decided not to move a World Cup competition in March away from Tyumen, Russia, even though Russia is currently not compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Two second-tier IBU Cup competitions will also go on as scheduled, one weekend in Uvat, Russia, and the other in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. “Firstly, the IOC had no concerns that all the competitions awarded to Russia before RUSADA was officially declared non-compliant were to be organised and conducted according to the initial plans and schedules,” the IBU wrote in a press release as their justification for the decision. “The IBU decided on the schedule for the 2017/2018 season prior to RUSADAs non-compliance.” But the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is still not deemed compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency and that’s very unlikely to change between now and March. And the IBU itself…

U.S. Biathletes Plan a Racing Month in Norway, Seek Sponsors

With a month-long break in the IBU Cup schedule partly due to the Olympics, a group of American biathletes are planning a training and racing trip to Norway. Jake Brown, Paul Schommer, and Max Durtschi are coming off of Open European Championships in Ridnaun, Italy, where Schommer had a top finish of 46th in the 20 k individual, Brown was 74th in the same race, and Durtschi was 56th. “The trio comes from a diverse array of backgrounds ranging from professional cycling to collegiate track and field, however Nordic skiing has served as a common thread for all since high school,” the athletes write in a press release. “All three are current or former residents of the Olympic Training Center located in Lake Placid, NY where they train as members of the US Biathlon team… Having pushed each other in countless training sessions, Brown, Durtschi, and Schommer now look to be motivated by top level international…

Biathlon Canada’s Olympic Team Announced

On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the 10-athlete roster for Biathlon Canada’s 2018 Winter Olympic team. According to a press release, five women and five men were named to the team, which will race in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month. The team includes Rosanna Crawford, who’s coming off her first career podium at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. Three days after finishing third in the 15-kilometer individual, she placed fourth in the 12.5 k mass start this past Sunday. “I’m extremely proud to be able to represent Canada at my third Olympics!” Crawford said, according to the release. “ The team has had a great season so far and I’m looking forward to carrying this momentum into the Olympics!” Also on the women’s team is another two-time Olympian Megan Tandy, as well as Julia Ransom (who has placed ninth on the World Cup twice…

Nordgren and Currier Make Olympics as U.S. Biathlon Finalizes Team

Leif Nordgren and Russell Currier have been named to U.S. Biathlon’s team for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. They will join Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey, and Sean Doherty, meaning that the team will be identical to that at the 2014 Olympics. The women’s team for PyeongChang was finalized earlier this week. The decision came after an IBU Cup sprint in Arber, Germany, on Saturday, that was the culmination of a four-competition selection series. The first two races were IBU Cup sprints in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, earlier this month, and the third competition was a time trial in Arber. In that 10 k sprint, Nordgren finished 16th, 59.2 seconds behind race winner Vetle Sjastad Christiansen of Norway. It was a day after he had traveled to Ruhpolding, Germany, to fill out the U.S. men’s relay team, and then back to Arber again. Paul Schommer was 33rd in the Arber sprint (+1:53.9),…

U.S. Names Women’s Olympic Biathlon Team; Dreissigacker 5th in Arber IBU Cup

The U.S. Biathlon Association has announced that Emily Dreissigacker, Maddie Phaneuf, and Joanne Reid will join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Dunklee and Egan were already qualified for the team, with Dunklee winning a silver medal in the 12.5 k mass start at 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, and Egan having the next best results on the World Cup of any other American woman in December. Dreissigacker, Phaneuf, and Reid were chosen based on two IBU Cup competitions in Slovakia and an IBU Cup and a time trial in Germany. Just missing out on an Olympic berth was Chloe Levins, who also made the short list and competed in the four races. In the final selection race, Emily Dreissigacker notched a career-best IBU Cup finish of fifth place in the 15 k individual in Arber, Germany, on Thursday. She shot a…

US Biathlon’s 2018 Youth/Junior Worlds Team

The U.S. Junior/Youth World Championship Trials took place Dec. 28-29 in Coleraine, Minnesota, with men’s and women’s sprint races both days, according to a US Biathlon press release. From those two-day trials, cut short due to frigid forecasts on Dec. 30-31, the IBU Youth and Junior World Championships team was named. This year’s championships are Feb. 26-March 4 in Otepää, Estonia. Complete trials results The teams named Dec. 30 are as follows: Female Junior World Championship Team Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./VT Biathlon/Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club) – pre qualified from last season and IBU Cup Team Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing/Michigan) Lucy Hochshartner (Casper Mtn. Biathlon) Nina Armstrong (Lake Placid, N.Y./Harvard College) Female Youth World Championship Team Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) Lexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club) Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) Male Junior World Championship Team Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club) Tim…