Biathlon 2017-07-12T10:58:53+00:00
MVB team at Mazama range

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Welcome to Methow Valley Biathlon!  Winthrop and Mazama, Washington.

Biathlon is the unique winter sport that combines two challenging disciplines into one exciting event, Nordic skiing and shooting. The Methow Valley is home to one of the most successful and inclusive biathlon programs in the United States.  Led by coach Betsy Devin-Smith, Methow Valley Biathlon is a program for both youth and adults.  Methow Valley Biathlon trains and competes on two biathlon ranges. One range is located in Mazama right on the MVSTA ski trails, the other range is located at Liberty Bell High School.

Methow Valley Biathlon’s goal is to promote the sport of biathlon to all ages and abilities. Rifle safety, sportsmanship, discipline and fun are hallmarks of the program.

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***   Video at one of our Try Biathlon Events –  VIDEO      Created by Claire Waichler

Recent News

 December 2-4, 2016:  NorAm Biathlon race in Canmore, Alberta:

242 athletes competing in 6 different age/ability categories for both men & women.

Eli Nielsen, Lazo Gitchos and Zoe Hancock all went from the Methow and joined up with other biathletes from the western US to compete against the large, strong field of Canadians.

Sprint race Saturday:   In the youth men’s category, Eli Nielsen placed 9th in the 7.5km race shooting 5 out of 10 targets.  Lazo was 26th in a very large Sr Boy field shooting 6/10 targets and skiing a 6km course. Zoe Hancock, in her first biathlon event, raced in the development 2 group which skied a 4 km course and she hit 7/10 targets.

Sunday’s race was a 10km mass start for Eli and he skied a strong race ending up 12th hitting 10/20 targets.  Lazo placed 23rd in his 7.5km individual race shooting 9/20 of his targets.

MVB Biathletes raising the bar and in the news: 

Eli Nielsen:  In Feb/March of 2017, Eli represented the US at the World Youth Biathlon Championships in Osrblie, Slovakia.  The fields were large and competitive and Eli worked hard and gave it his all.  He was 91st in the 12.5km Individual and placed 82nd in the 7.5km sprint race.  Eli said he enjoyed being surrounded by different people, languages and cultures and that biathlon brings together really cool people that are fun to talk with and to get to know.  He is excited and really motivated to work hard this coming year to try to make the World Championship team again.  Great job Eli !  We are proud of you.

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