World Cup Biathlon Returning to North America in 2019

The IBU announced today that the World Cup circuit will be returning to North America in 2019.

The 2018/2019 provisional schedule has been set out in a news release about an IBU Executive Board meeting here: http://www.biathlonworld.com/news/detail/press-release-ibu-executive-board-meeting

The schedule for 2018/2019 is as follows. World Cup 7 is scheduled for Canmore on February 4-10, with World Cup 8 following in Soldier Hollow from February 11-17:

SLO/Pokljuka 03-09.12.2018
AUT/Hochfilzen 10-16.12.2018
CZE/ Nove Mesto 17-23.12.2018*

GER/Oberhof 07-13.01.2019
GER/Ruhpolding 14-20.01.2019
ITA/Antholz 21-27.01.2019

CAN/Canmore 04-10.02.2019
USA/Soldier Hollow 11-17.02.2019
WCH Östersund/SWE 07-17.03.2019
NOR/Oslo 18-24.03.2019

One issue that will again be a talking point for bringing the World Cup to North America is that these events precede the World Championships is Ostersund. Will the best biathletes come across the pond for these two World Cups, or will they stay in Europe and train for the World Champs? Only time will tell…

Biathlon Canada Announces World Cup, IBU Cup and IBU Junior Cup Tour 1 Teams

Biathlon Canada has announced the athletes who will be representing Canada when the biathlon season kicks off in just a couple weeks.

Following three days of trials in Canmore, men and women were nominated for the World Cup, IBU Cup and the Junior IBU Cup tours.

Here is the percentages that determined who qualified: http://biathloncanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BiCan-pourcentages-percentages_classement-2.pdf

World Cup

Men: Scott Gow, Nathan Smith, Brendan Green, Christian Gow
Women: Julia Ransom, Rosanna Crawford, Megan Bankes, Emma Lunder

Noteworthy: the big star of the trials was Megan Bankes, whose excellent results earned her a spot on the World Cup team as a Junior Woman. Will she be able to keep her spot on the World Cup and even qualify for the Olympics?

IBU Cup

Men: Matthew Hudec, Carsen Campbell, Jules Burnotte, Macx Davies
Women: Sarah Beaudry, Megan Tandy, Nadia Moser, Leilani Tam Von Burg

Noteworthy: Macx Davies had a difficult time at trials, hanging on to a spot on the IBU Cup Tour by a mere 0.02% over Matt Neumann. This last spot was filled as a discretionary selection, which would have been a very interesting pick had the results been the other way around.

IBU Junior Cup

Men: Adam Runnalls, Trevor Kiers, Chad Berling, Rory Gilliland, Teo Sanchez
Women: Shilo Rousseau, Gillian Gowling

Noteworthy: only two Women will be representing Canada at IBU Junior Cup Tour 1 despite the intention to take five on tour. Four Women declined their spot, while several others who participated at trials who may have wanted to represent Canada are being left behind. The reason for this is that they did not meet a 90% requirement set by Biathlon Canada. Keen observers will note that the Junior Women percentages were influenced by the strong performance of Nadia Moser, who isn’t even going on the IBU Junior Cup as she qualified for the IBU Cup. Considering the message the 90% cutoff sends to these athletes, was this a big lost opportunity to inspire more young female athletes to continue in the sport?

Canadian National Team Trials for Tour #1

The trials for the Canadian national team for the first tours (World Cup, IBU Cup and Junior IBU Cup) were held in Canmore this week. Over 60 Men and Women competed for spots on the national team. The results for the competitions and the final percentages calculations that determine who will be nominated for each of the tours are below.

On the Men’s side the picture is fairly clear. The 4 Men who will be nominated to start on the World Cup are Nathan Smith, Brendan Green, Scott Gow and Christian Gow.

If they all accept, then that means Matthew Hudec, Carsen Campbell and Jules Burnotte will be offered an IBU Cup spot, with one discretionary spot to be filled. Only 0.02% separates Macx Davies and Matt Neumann at the trials for that spot, which is almost as close as possible.

The Junior IBU Cup nominees are Adam Runnalls, Trevor Kiers, Teo Sanchez, Chad Berling and Rory Gilliand.

The Women’s side is a bit more complicated as Junior athletes have earned nominations for the World Cup and the IBU Cup. For the World Cup team, Rosanna Crawford and Julia Ransom could be joined by Emma Lunder and Megan Bankes.

That would put Sarah Beaudry, Megan Tandy, Nadia Moser and one discretionary spot on the IBU Cup. Leilani Tam Von Berg is the next in line, but Erin Yungblut is also eligible.

The Junior IBU Cup team will depend on whether Megan Banks and Nadia Moser go to the World Cup and IBU Cup or if they choose to go to the Junior IBU Cup. Megan Banks is preselected, and could be joined by Nadia Moser, Shilo Rousseau, Emily Dickson and Benita Peiffer. However, Pascale Paradis, Gillian Gowling and Jenna Sherington also are eligible if some nominations are not accepted.

Day 1 results: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8858&cat=all

Day 2 results: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8859&cat=all

Day 3 results: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8860&cat=all

Overall percentages: http://biathloncanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BiCan-pourcentages-percentages_classement-2.pdf

National Team Document that explains who will get the nominations: http://biathloncanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2017-18-National-Team-Program.pdf