The trials for Canada’s national team World Cup and IBU Cup tours kicks off tomorrow in Canmore. There are competitions on November 7, 9 and 10 to determine who will represent Canada to start the 2017-2018 season.
For the World Cup, Scott Gow, Rosanna Crawford and Julia Ransom are all pre-qualified, meaning the top two Women and the top three Men at trials will go to the first World Cup trimester.
The 3rd, 4th and 5th fastest women, the 4th, 5th and 6th fastest men, along with one discretionary pick for women and men, will make up Canada’s IBU Cup team for the first trimester.
Here is the start list for tomorrow’s Sprint competition: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8858&cat=all&pt=1
The 2017 North American Summer Biathlon Championships were held in Canmore last weekend and I was fortunate enough to be there at a coaching course so I could watch. The competitions on Saturday were cancelled due to poor air quality due to forest fires in the area, but the conditions were better on Sunday so they ran a Sprint competition that day.
Several national team athletes were competing, as well as junior team members and athletes from local clubs.
The results from the event are available on the Biathlon Canada website here: http://biathloncanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Sunday-Sprint-Results-Summer-Champs-2017.pdf
Jason Albert at fasterskier.com reports on Biathlon Canada’s funding from Own the Podium was cut to zero in an Olympic year: http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/otp-cuts-biathlon-canadas-base-funding-zero/
The article goes into some depth about the financial struggles Biathlon Canada has faced.
Biathlon Canada had received OTP base funding between $250,000 and $435,000 over the past three years, but will receive $0 base funding for this year.
OTP bases its funding recommendations on what it considers to be the “podium potential” of athletes or teams. Heading into the 2018 Olympics it appears that they have little confidence in Canadian medal potential.