Alaskan’s had an impressive showing at this weekend’s Biathlon Rollerski Championships at Camp Ethan Allen, Jericho, Vermont.
After a week of intense training in hot and humid Vermont weather, Team Alaska rolled into the Rollerski Championships and grabbed several podium finishes.
Travis Cooper (22) of Kenai and racing for the National Guard finished 2nd in Saturday’s sprint race–out shooting and out skiing several Olympians. Everett Darrow (18) of Fairbanks and racing in the men’s junior division placed 1st in the sprint race and 2nd in the pursuit. Everett also races for the National Guard. Helen Wilson (17) of Eagle River placed 1st and 2nd in the sprint and pursuit race respectfully. Helen races for the Anchorage Biathlon Club and Alaska Nordic Racing. Torsten Renner (17) of Chugiak crashed during the sprint race, but showed dramatic improvement by moving up ten places during today’s pursuit race. Torsten races for Anchorage Biathlon Club and Alaska Nordic Racing. Mark Eggener (14) of Anchorage placed 3rd in the sprint and 1st in the pursuit race. Mark races for Anchorage Biathlon Club and Alaska Pacific University.
Biathlon sport is hugely popular in Europe and is the only Winter Olympics sport the USA has not received a medal. This Rollerski Championship was attended by the biathletes on the US and Canadian National Team, plus over 60 youth from across the North America. This is the first race of several in determining team composition for international competitions this upcoming race season. Team Alaska continues their training next week at the Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid, New York.