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Biathlon: Canadian Top 10 Again

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.

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Pearce Hanna: Glenda’s Little Guy Grows Up

Pearce Hanna is a long time member of the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, who learned to ski with us, and then learned to shoot with the Biathlon group. Not that we can take the credit for his recent success – he has always been a motivated, sometimes stubborn, but determined athlete. Determined to make his mark on the world of Biathlon.

That determination paid off in 2014 and 2015 with trips to the World Youth Champs, and again in 2016, with trips to the World Junior Championships and the IBU Cup circuit in Europe.

I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Pearce every success in the new year, particularly at the World Jr. Champs and when the IBU Cup comes to Canmore in February.

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Pearce and Nate – Prince George on a v. cold day.