Selection Trials Summary

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Three days of Selection Trials are completed here at Canmore Nordic Centre. The results affects the determination of which athletes will be representing Canada on the BMW IBU World Cup’s opening competitions as well as the first series of competition for the IBU Cup and Junior Cup. Scott Gow and Rosanna Crawford have pre qualified for the World Cup team based on the top 16-results last season. The team will be announced on 12 November.

Mixed bag of Results

National Head Coach, Matthias Ahrens summarizes the event as a mixed bag of good results and mediocre ones, as expected. -“I am really happy that we got to do the trials in fair conditions for the athletes”, says Ahrens. -“It is great winter conditions out here, and from a training perspective, I believe the first athletes are ready to go to Pokljuka”, he continues.”Trial races always brings out some nervousness among the athletes because it pretty much determines their season. Looking at their performances, it goes a bit up and down, and I expect better performances on the World Cup tour”, he concludes.

Sprint #1

The Trials began with sprint on Tuesday. Women were penalized with 24 seconds per miss due to insufficient snow for a penalty loop and men were penalized 22 seconds per miss. Megan Bankes won the overall women’s 7.5 km sprint, with one miss on prone shooting and clean standing. Christian Gow won the men’s 10km sprint with clean shooting.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Megan Banks / Foothills Nordic Ski Club: 21.43.2
  2. Megan Tandy / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+22.8)
  3. Rosanna Crawford / Canmore Nordic (+52.4)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (24.39.5)
  2. Scott Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (+47.9)
  3. Jules Burnotte / Club plein air biathlon Estrie (+51.6)

Sprint #2

Day two of the Selection Trials continued with another Sprint competition. The same penalization rules applied for this competition. Megan Tandy won the women’s sprint with clean prone shooting and one miss for standing. Nathan Smith placed first for the men, with one miss for prone shooting and clean standing.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Megan Tandy / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (21.17.5)
  2. Rosanna Crawford / Canmore Nordic (+5.7)
  3. Nadia Moser / Biathlon Yukon (+21.2)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Nathan Smith / Foothills Nordic Ski Club (24.02.07)
  2. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (+4.2)
  3. Aidan Millar / Team R.A.D (+35.7)

Relay #3

Last day of Trials concluded with a modified Relay. It was conducted with individual start with each athlete carrying three spares. Women raced a total of 6 kilometers and were penalized with 24 seconds per miss, the men raced 7.5 kilometer and were penalized with 22 seconds per miss. Nadia Moser was the fastest woman out on the course, despite one miss for the standing shooting. Christian Gow advanced from Thursday’s competition, being the fastest male athlete with clean shooting and no use of spares.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Nadia Moser / Biathlon Yukon (19.57.5)
  2. Emily Dickson / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+6.0)
  3. Sarah Beaudry / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+7.3)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (18.58.3)
  2. Scott Gow /Rocky Mountain Racers (+8.9)
  3. Nathan Smith / Foothills Nordic Ski Club (+33.7)

Biathlon Canada will make the team selection announcement in the following days. 

World Cup spots on line at Selection Trials

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Next week’s biathlon selection trials, on snow, will certainly add a World Cup feel to it. Knowing that the World Cup circuit will in fact return to Canmore in February 2019, the athletes’ motivation to excel is as high as ever.

Athletes selected for tours will be notified by Monday 12 November. Rosanna Crawford and Scott Gow are pre-selected for World Cup given their top 16 results from prior season. Athletes will also be competing for spots to represent the international “B level circuit”, the IBU Cup.

“Being at Canmore for Selection Trials means that athletes get to compete in a venue where we’ll actually be competing on the World Cup this season”, says National Team Head Coach, Mathias Ahrens. “Additionally, it is a great advantage being able to conduct the trials on snow at home this time of year when other teams have to travel far to get on glaciers or compete on roller skies instead”, he continues. “We’re also looking forward to having our top Juniors from across the country to competing for spots to represent Canada on the International Junior Tour”, says Roddy Ward, who newly started his position as Long Term Athlete Development Director. “This week will showcase over 80 of our top Canadian biathletes, all seeking to represent Canada internationally, added Ward.

The BMW IBU World Cup kicks off 3 December in Pokljuka, Slovenia, while the IBU Cup season begins in Irde, Sweden, on 26 November. Both circuits have eight competitions on the program for the season, including World Cup in Canmore 7-10 February as one of the highlights.

Last time Canmore hosted a World Cup Biathlon event was in 2016 and that was the largest biathlon competition in the history of the Canmore Nordic Centre outside of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Key figures from that event include 345 volunteers, 25 participating nations consisting of 98 male and 98 female athletes, 22 000 spectators and 48.6 million TV viewers and 76.5 hrs of broadcast time. All indicators tell us that the 2019 event will be larger.

Selection trial formats and dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 6 November: Sprint Competition #1, 10.00: Women, 11.00: Men
  • Thursday 8 November: Sprint Competition #2: 10.00: Men, 11.00: Men
  • Friday 9 November: Relay (Modified): 10.00: Women, 11.00: Men

Ticket sales are booming

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Tickets sales are booming from the very beginning. One week ago, tickets for the upcoming World Cup biathlon became available and the interest has been high.

“It’s been an amazing start for the ticket sale, the response has been fantastic”, says Chief of the Organizing Committee, Ken Davies. Many of the ticket purchasers for this event so far are the same as those who attended the World Cup in 2016. “Spectators who came to watch the competitions here in 2016 remember the exiting and fun experience and want to relive that”, Davies continues. – “This season, we hope to bring this beautiful LIVE sport to more peoples attention, and we guarantee three entertaining and thrilling event days here at the Canmore Nordic Centre”, Davies promises.

Competition Program

The competition program is one of a kind; it kicks of on Thursday with the “Biathlon Classics”, the Individual competition format. On Saturday, the event continues with the audiences’ favorite, the Relay. Anything can happen in a relay, and that’s why we love it! Last, but not least, athletes will battle it out for the Mass Start on Sunday and we expect high speed and tight results. Nothing will be decided before the last shot has been taken.

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If you want to take part in this world-class biathlon action, don’t wait to get a ticket as the premium spots are selling fast. Competitions kicks off 7 February 10:00 with Individual Women as the first on out on the program.

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