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February 6, 2008

Trip Report: World Junior Biathlon Championships, Ruhpolding, Germany.

Summary: Hilary McNamee Thumbnail ImageThe 2008 U.S. Youth/Junior Biathlon Team includes 8 New England skiers out of a total of 13 athletes: Hilary McNamee (MWSC), Grace Boutot (MWSC), Laura Spector (MWSC/Dartmouth), Megan Toussaint (MWSC), Preston Butler (GMVS), Ethan Dreissigacker (CNSC & EABC), Russell Currier (MWSC) and Mark Johnson (Williams College). Highlights and Photos.

Trip Report: World Junior Biathlon Championships, Ruhpolding, Germany.

Photos and Story by Judy Geer.

The 2008 U.S. Youth/Junior Biathlon Team includes 8 New England skiers out of a total of 13 athletes:

Youth Women: Hilary McNamee (MWSC) and Grace Boutot (MWSC)
Junior Women: Laura Spector (MWSC/Dartmouth) and Megan Toussaint (MWSC)
Youth Men: Preston Butler (GMVS) and Ethan Dreissigacker (CNSC & EABC)
Junior Men: Russell Currier (MWSC) and Mark Johnson (Williams College)

It's abnormally warm and green here, especially in and around the village of Ruhpolding. Luckily the venue is tucked into a narrow valley slightly higher than the town, where it hardly ever sees the sun. Thanks to this location, plus snow-making, there is plenty of snow on the course - though it tends to get sugary and/or icy in places after a
morning of racing.

The best performance for the US team so far has been Leif Nordgren's Bronze Medal in the Pursuit on Sunday!

Highlights for NE biathletes include the following top 30 finishes:
15th in both Sprint and Individual, and 20th in the Pursuit for Russell.
20th for Laura in Sprint, 25th in Pursuit, 24th in Individual.
28th for Megan in Sprint.
20th for Ethan in Individual.
18th for Hilary in the Sprint, 25th in Pursuit.

Full results of the racing, including live results, can be found at
www.biathlonworld.com.

Stories from each day, including quotes and video clips, can be found at
www.usbiathlon.org.

Also included are a few photos from the non-race-day ski adventures of the NE Parents!

Russel Currier on Big Screen

Russell in Real Life and on the Big Screen

 

Hilary McNamee

Grace Boutot Climbing a Hill

 

Hillary Individual Race

Hilary McNamee in the Individual Race

 

The Course

The Course

 

Ethan on Screen

Ethan Dreissigacker on Screen

 

Ethan in real life

Ethan in Real Life

 

Laura Racing

Laura Spector in Individual Race

 

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson Racing

 

Preston Butler

Preston Butler

 

Friday's Rainy Course

Friday's Rainy Course

Parents Touring

Parents Touring

 

Skiing in the Valley

Valley Skiing

 

Winklmoosalm

Winklmoosalm

 

View from the Grocery Store

View from the Grocery Store

 


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