Dare to dream of 2018?

The 2017 Biathlon World Championships have just ended. They have been historic for the United States. Lowell Bailey's gold in the individual is a best ever for the USA. If you want a thrill, go to YouTube, type in 'pro biathlon' and find the competition and watch it. Whether it was the best peaking ever done for the USA or what, what happened with Lowell Bailey in Hochfilzen, Austria was an amazing performance by an amazing athlete. After Tim Burke's rise to the top of the World Cup points list for a time in the very recent past all this bodes well for America and Biathlon.

Bailey won the Individual championship, the first ever World Championship gold for the USA. An awesome feat. And appropriate, as the Individual was the original Biathlon event at the 1958 World Championships and the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe), California, USA.

But looking at Bailey's overall results, it is even more amazing. Behind that great Individual format performance, Bailey was strong throughout these championships.

In the 10k Sprint he was fourth just 6.5 seconds off of a bronze medal.

In the Pursuit he was sixth, just 9 seconds off a medal.

In the Mass Start he was sixth again, 10 seconds out of bronze.

In the Relay, where the USA was seventh, Bailey posted the 18th fastest leg out of 104 legs.

Bailey competed in six races and was in the top ten in five of them. Another amazing result. Only in the Mixed Relay (USA 16th) did he miss the top 10. But there he posted the 19th fastest leg of 50 men despite two hand loaded rounds

Bailey's shooting in Austria was equally amazing. 20 for 20 in the Individual. 20 for 20 in the Mass Start, 19 for 20 in the Pursuit, 10 for 10 in the Sprint, 10 for 10, with one extra round in the relay and 10 for 10 with two extra rounds in the Mixed Relay.

France's great and gracious Martin Forcade said something very telling after finishing third behind Bailey in the Individual. He said he was pleased and that it was good for biathlon that someone other than a European took gold. Following up on that, only the great Miriam Bedard of Canada at 1994 at the Olympics had ever taken a biathlon gold by a non-European.

Pyeongchang in 2018? Do we dare dream?


Effective Zero & Mentail Training

Wednesday, February 8
7pm

Lecture style class focused on zeroing practices and how to prepare for races without rifle work.

Bryn Black will give a breakdown on how to effectively zero your rifle before a race and some mental exercises to get you race ready even if you don't have time to hit the range (or don't have a rifle at the ready). Great for folks new to biathlon and the experienced veteran.

Location:
HomeStreet Bank
7307 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: Free
What to Bring: Paper and pen only

RSVP Required as space is limited.
Please email info@wabiathlon.org


2017 Season Schedule and Regisration

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Second Biathlon Clinic Session ADDED

Do to overwhelming demand for the Intro Clinic we are now offering a second session (SMALL TWIST).

Same weekend, January 7 & 8
The twist is that the Range Clinic will be on Saturday and the Skate Clinic will be Sunday.

For folks who have NO nordic ski experience we recommend you get a couple days on skis BEFORE the clinic. The range is 3km from the lodge and skiing there is obviously required...

Range Clinic, January 7
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Skate Clinic, January 8
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LATE SEASON CROSS & MOUNTAIN BIKE BIATHLON JUST ADDED

While we are waiting for the snow to fly, we have added one more Cross Biathlon and Mountain Bike Race to the calendar.

Sunday, Nov 13
East Wenatchee

North Central Washington Gun Club
2710 Gun Club Road
East Wenatchee, WA

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