Canadian Women’s Biathletes Ski to 11th in World Cup Relay

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Men’s squad finishes 16th in relay

January 20, 2013, ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Ita.—Canada’s women’s relay team joined forces to place 11th place at the Biathlon World Cup in Antholz-Antersleva, Italy on Sunday.

The Canadian women’s foursome which included – Zina Kocher of Red Deer, Alta., Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., and Qubec’s Audrey Vaillancourt clocked-in at one hour, 18 minutes, 24.8 seconds (1:18:24.8) in the women’s 4 x 6-kilometre relay contested through good conditions with a light wind.

“Today was another sub-par relay for us. We know we have lots of potential, but to have all four of us have a good race on the same day has been tough,” said Rosanna Crawford, or Canmore, Alta. “This range seems to be proving trouble for a lot of the athletes. It may be the altitude. Personally I’m not feeling so good on my skis right now, but hoping to find that speed again before World Championships roll around.”

The German women finished on top with a time of 1:13:02.1. Russia was second at 1:13:19.5, while France rounded out the women’s podium in third at 1:13:43.0.

The relay consists of each athlete skiing six-kilometres with two bouts of shooting. The first starter of each team begins in a simultaneous mass start with other participants, and complete their leg before handing off to the next teammate. Competitors in the relay each carry three spare rounds. If all five targets are not knocked down with the first five rounds, the spares may be used, which takes more time because they are loaded by hand.

Canada’s men’s squad of Calgarians Scott Gow and Nathan Smith, along with Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., and Regina’s Scott Perras, struggled in Italy to finish 16th in the men’s 4×7.5-kilometre relay. The young Canucks clocked a time of 1:19:08.6.

France won the men’s competition with a time of 1:13:26.0. Russia was second at 1:13:36.1, while Austria snagged the bronze with a time of 1:14:44.5.

Biathlon Canada, the governing body for biathlon in the country, oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and North American Cups held in Canada. The organization’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit their Web site at www.biathloncanada.caon the Internet.

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