March 19, 2018

Demo Day Race Results

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Click here for the Race Results from Sunday’s Biathlon Demo and Fun Race.  Well done to all of the participants! We had 21 enthusiastic participants, some from as far away as Germany and Alaska! It was a fantastic day for all of us.

Telemark Biathlon Team

Race Team Update

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Biathlon BC Cup 3 at Burns Lake is now in the books.  With gusty winds on Saturday (even some shooting mats blew off the range) and cold, clear skies on Sunday (everything delayed by an hour, as it was -30C in the wee hours of the morning), it was a challenging weekend for athletes and coaches alike.  Three of our athletes made the long trek north: Colton, Natalie and Kira.  The folks at Ominica Ski Club put on a fabulous event as always, complete with live entertainment at the Banquet and a Sasquatch Biathlete skiing through the range on Sunday!

In the sprint on Saturday, Colton narrowly missed out on first place by 6 seconds, but strong prone shooting on Sunday sent him away in the lead in the Pursuit to bring back a first place finish.

Our Senior Girls did great as usual, with Natalie finishing third and second, Kira finishing 5th and 4th.   so everyone in the top 5 and 4 podiums – that is another great result!

Next up: the Biathlon BC Championships, right here at Telemark.

Telemark Biathlon Race Season Update – Great Results!

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We are at the half-way point of the Biathlon BC Cup circuit and Telemark has been posting some very impressive results.  After a cold and snowy race weekend in Prince George, the team enjoyed a warmer and sunnier weekend at the Whistler Olympic Park this past weekend.

l-r Rory, Natalie, Colton, Coach Chris, Danica, Kira and Makenna

Prince George had some ups and downs.  Biathlon is a complex sport and when everything goes right it can be amazing!

For Kira, Makenna and Rory, this was their first BC Cup race in the Senior Category carrying rifles rack-to-rack and shooting standing as well as prone.  All competed very well, with Makenna placing second in the Pursuit on Sunday!

Danica had one of those amazing weekends when everything goes perfectly, and she placed first in both races! Natalie had one of those weekends where she raced strong but a couple of mistakes proved costly and ended up getting disqualified.

Colton narrowly missed the podium in the Youth Men category, placing 4th in both races.

Danica racing to first place. photo credit Adrian Secu

Makenna pushing hard to the finish line. Photo credit Adrian Secu

Rory pushing hard in Prince George. Photo credit Adrian Secu

So off to Whistler and again superb results by the team!

Our Senior Girls again pulled off several podium finishes!  On Saturday, Natalie placed first and Makenna third, Danica fourth; on Sunday Natalie again placed first and Danica placed third, Makenna fourth.  Kira and Rory also had excellent race weekends, again placing in the top 10 in their categories on both days.  Colton once again just missed the podium with two fourth place finishes.

Danica now leads the Senior Girls BC Cup points standing.  Next up: Biathlon BC Cup 3 in Burns Lake this coming weekend.

Colton powering up the final hill

Natalie using the offset technique on her way to a first place finish

Kira at Whistler Olympic Park


Telemark’s Julia Ransom Top 10 finish – again!

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Julia has done it again, finishing 9th in the BMW World Cup women’s 7.5-kilometre Sprint race last Thursday in Oberhof, Germany!  Julia used clean shooting to good effect and finished 1 minute and 14 seconds behind the winner, Anastasiya Kuzmina from Slovakia.

Sarah Beaudry, from Prince George, also shot clean to finish in 23rd place, and Megan Tandy, also from Prince George, missed 2 to finish in 59th.

Well done to our BC women!


Telemark’s Julia Ransom in the Top 10

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Julia Ransom has launched herself into a top 10 finish in Sweden at the season opening World Cup race weekend in the Individual competition, finishing 9th overall. Julia had perfect shooting with 4 clean rounds.  7 athletes in the top 10 shot clean as competition was fierce at the top of the order. Way to go Julia!

Julia says “I was mainly excited just to get the season started and to be racing again, but finishing in the top 10 was the icing on the cake!”

This is Julia’s first top 10 finish in the World Cup circuit.  What a great way to kick off the season!  Let’s hope there are lots more top 10s to come.

Julia shot clean in all four rounds

Final BC Cup Points Results

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Congratulations to our athletes for an amazing season!

Senior Girls: Natalie Benoit 1st place; Danica Ariano 4th place

Senior Boys: Colton Hay 2nd place

Junior Girls: Makenna Banser 1st place, Kira Friesen 3rd place

Junior Boys: Rory Hay 5th place

Awesome results!  Our six competitors raced in all 8 BC Cup races this season and had a great time.

Telemark Nordic Club finished in 4th place overall in the club standings.

Final Day at Nationals

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Finally, a day when the temperatures were a bit warmer!  Team BC came away with plenty of medals in the Team Relay event, where the top three finishing teams from each province take the podium.

Danica raced up two categories to join BC 2 in the Junior Men/Women category, and finished in 7th place overall.  Well done Danica!

Natalie raced in the middle leg of BC 1 in the Senior Boy/Girl category, and her team was the third province across the finish line to take the Bronze Medal!  Fantastic result!

Colton lead things off for BC 2 in the Senior Boy/Girl category in the mass start with a solid performance, and handed things off just behind BC 1, but ultimately his team finished well down the order.  Way to go Colton!

Thanks to all Team BC coaches (especially our own Coach Chris), wax techs, support crew and parents who made the entire week such a rewarding experience for all the BC athletes.  Congratulations to Telemark athletes Jasper, Colton, Natalie and Danica for a fantastic finish to a superb season.

Canadian National Pursuit Results

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Another very cold day in Canmore, with temperatures starting below -20C but warming as the day went on.  Things had warmed up somewhat by race time for the men, and the sun was out so racing was good.

Jasper wasn’t able to improve his 10th place position in the pursuit, but pushed hard to the finish.

Colton had a good race, picking up 4 places, finishing 12th overall in the Senior Boys category.

Natalie dropped back a few places to finish 11th, while Danica moved up 2 places to finish 13th in the Senior Girls category.

Colton, Natalie and Danica hit 14/20 in their races.

Tomorrow is the final race of the season – the Relay Race.

Nationals Day Two…

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Due to the very cold weather, races started 1.5 hours later than originally scheduled.  It was not a great day for Telemark athletes today in the Individual Competition, with everyone struggling a bit on the range.

Jasper finished 10th, with 10 hits for 20 shooting.

Colton finished 23rd with 11 hits for 20 shooting.

Natalie finished 22nd with 10 hits for 20 shooting.

Danica finished 27th with 8 hits for 20 shooting.

Friday is a training day, followed by the Pursuit on Saturday and Relay on Sunday.  The weather looks to be warming up for the weekend.

Canadian Biathlon Champs Underway

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After a cold first day of racing in Canmore, Telemark athletes are off to a good start.  Natalie had a stellar race, with only 2 misses in the Senior Girls Sprint placing 6th.  Danica had a solid race as well, finishing 15th with 5 misses.

In Senior Boys action, Colton missed 2 prone and 1 standing, finishing a respectable 16th.  Jasper finished 10th in the Men category as he continues to recover from illness.

Tomorrow will be even colder as the athletes race in an Individual competition.  Best wishes to all for fabulous racing!