03
Feb
09

Day 123 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: 2009 Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre

Canada fired an official warning shot at the 2009 youth and junior world biathlon championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Other countries had best beware: Canada is an emerging Olympic medal threat in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting.

“In the relay today, we got a silver,” Calgary native Scott Gow said Tuesday, struggling to catch his breath on a stunning winter day in the Canadian Rockies. “We’re picking it up. We’re a power country, almost.”

The Canadian contingent hit the podium five times over the past week to mark the most successful youth and junior championships in history for the young Canadians.

Calgary’s Kurtis Wenzel captured two individual medals:gold in the men’s youth 7.5 kilometer sprint and bronze in the men’s 10-kilometre pursuit competition. The National Sports School product also added a silver to his collection Tuesday in the men’s 3×7.5 kilometer relay with Gow and Aaron Gilmor of Calgary.

“Today, I’m really, really happy for my teammates,”Wenzel said, proudly waving a Canadian flag. “I had a terrible first shooting. It was a rough race for me.

“Everyone else did a great job. They deserve a freaking gold medal, but you know what? Silver is great, too.”

Biathlon is traditionally dominated by Norway, Germany, Russia and France.

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Faces of the day: Many local school children came to cheer at the races. 

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Canadian flags of the day

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1 Response to “Day 123 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: 2009 Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre”


  1. March 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing the Canada flags. By the way cool faces of the day.


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