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.