After three days of biathlon racing at over 5000 feet elevation in Soldier Hollow, Utah, three Alaskans made Team USA to compete in the Youth and Junior World Championship – Osrblie, Slovakia – Jan. 27-Feb 3, 2019.
Helen Wilson, 17, of Eagle River qualified for the team after three days of sustained fast skiing. Helen skis for Eagle River High School and Alaska Nordic Racing. Her biathlon team is Anchorage Biathlon Club. This is Helen’s third attendance at the biathlon youth championships.
Maxime Germain, 17, of Anchorage skied fast all three races and hit 80% of his targets on the pursuit and sprint races. Maxime skis for West High School and Alaska Pacific University. He also trains with Anchorage Biathlon club under head coach Marine Dusser-Bjornson. This is Maxime’s second championships having raced in Otepaa, Estonia last biathlon season.
Maja Lapkass, 16, had a disappointing first race with a wrong race loop skied, but rallied the next two races with a strong performance in ski speed and accurate shooting. Maja also skis for West High School and Alaska Pacific University. Maja trains with the Anchorage Biathlon Club.
Eleven total Alaskans traveled to Soldier Hollow for these biathlon trials, representing Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nome and Eagle River.
For additional information contact the Alaska Biathlon Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USBA Press release, Teams Named for Upcoming International Competitions
Trials Race Results, Soldier Hollow, Utah, 28-31 December https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Results/Links-to-Race-Results