Biathlon People 2018-04-14T17:47:20+00:00

Biathlon Team LeadershipMVB_color_small

photo of coach Betsy Devin-Smith

Head Coach: Betsy Devin-Smith

Methow Valley Biathlon Steering Committee:
Kris Jensen – Committee President
Kelly Rohrer – Committee Treasurer
Paul Gitchos – Chief of Correspondence

The 2017/2018 Methow Valley Biathlon Team

Betsy Devin-Smith
Lead Coach
The Methow Valley Biathlon team is proudly led by Betsy Devin-Smith. Betsy has way more passion than she can possibly pack into her little body. A full-time Veterinarian and Rancher, Betsy devotes her every spare moment to the Biathlon Team. Her accomplishments as a Biathlon Coach, Advisor, Ski Team Board Member and participant earned her the award of “Volunteer Ski Coach of the Year” by the US Olympic Committee in 2010. Betsy assisted as a Biathlon Official at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She is a US Master Biathlon Champion and a North American Biathlon Champion. She is a Level 1 certified Biathlon Coach and a 4H shooting sports leader.

… it takes a Village 
Passionate parents are another key to success for the Methow Valley Biathlon youth program. All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend biathlon practices and events. Many Methow Valley parents even join the biathlon team and participate all winter long right alongside their children. Biathlon is a great activity for the whole family. For more information on becoming involved with the Methow Valley Biathlon program please contact Betsy Devin-Smith.

Here’s more info on key members of the biathlon team leadership:

Skip Smith
Race starter and he can fix anything
The Methow Valley Biathlon Team’s best friend is Skip Smith. He will claim he is “just Betsy’s Husband” but Skip is invaluable to the Methow Valley Biathlon program. Hours and hours of his passionate time is devoted to everything from metal fabrication on targets to setting up and tearing down and setting up and tearing down of events, practices and clinics. The Methow Valley Biathlon program owes so much to this dynamic married duo.

Scott Waichler
Assistant Coach
Scott started doing biathlon with his children in 2007.  He is a PSIA Level 3 cross-country skiing instructor and USSA Level 100 coach, and is a former national master biathlon champion.  Scott also coaches XC in the MV Nordic Team.

2016 Biathlon Race of the Methow  (photos courtesy Kristen Smith)

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