While local Biathletes were in Camrose practicing in -22 weather Nathan Smith was in Europe putting on a show at a World Cup Pursuit (The Calforex Pursuit in Camrose was cancelled). Starting in 15th (from the Sprint finish order) Nathan, shooting 19 for 20, finished in 6th place. Nathan said:
“I’m super happy with it. The best part is I shot clean on my last standing. I have had trouble with it a few times this year when I had the opportunity to finish in the top-six,” said Smith. “I worked on that a lot over Christmas, and I’m glad today I did that five out of five.”
Simon Eder edged out overall biathlon World Cup leader Martin Fourcade to win the 12.5-kilometer Pursuit on Saturday in Ruhpolding, Germany.
The Austrian missed one target at the first range but shot cleanly after that to win in 33 minutes, 19.1 seconds, beating Fourcade, who missed two, by 4.2 seconds.
ENSC athletes returned to Camrose for a Sprint race on Sunday (Jan. 10), including Pearce Hana, tuning up for a return to the IBU Cup circuit in Europe.