Biathlon 2018-05-11T08:04:39+00:00

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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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Register for MVB:      2017-2018 MVB Registration (Word doc)

US Biathlon Association Registration:

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Recent News

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MVB Biathletes raising the bar and in the news: 

Eli Nielsen 2017-1018 season:

Eli Nielsen had an active year of biathlon starting with a few early season races in Canmore, Alberta and two more races at Silver Star, BC.

December 26, 2017 – January 1, 2018, the World Junior trials were held at Mt. Itaska, Minnesota.  Eli placed 3rd in the 10K sprint and 2nd in the 7.5K sprint while battling harsh conditions and extreme cold.  This secured him a spot on the World Junior Team.

January 25th to February 5th, 2018, Eli went to Slovenia and the Czech Republic to race the IBU Junior cup #3 and Jr. Open European Championships.  There he raced five times in the Junior category against the best European junior biathletes.  In Pokljuka, Slovenia at the Junior Open European Championships, tough conditions and shin pain hindered good results.

After a couple weeks back in the states and some recovery, in late February 2018, Eli and the US Youth Junior Team went to Otepaa Estonia for World Juniors.  Weather was cold with wind and sun every day.  In the Individual Eli placed 64th, shooting 0,1,2,3.  He then had the second fastest time for the US team in the relay, handing off in 6th place out of 21 countries.  Eli shot 0+1 and 0+2 (3 spare rounds and zero penalty loops) and the US team finished in 9th overall.  In the sprint Eli placed 42nd shooting 0,1 and qualified for his first international pursuit race where he placed 46th, shooting 0,1,2,3.

Just ten days after returning from Europe, Eli and the Nordic Team traveled to Lillehammer Norway for two weeks of Nordic skiing and racing, including the Norwegian Birkebeiner.

All in all, Eli Nielsen had an amazing season filled with incredible opportunities and experiences and is looking forward to a summer of training and then the 2018/2019 season of biathlon events.

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