Fast-Finishing Levins Fourth in Pursuit at Youth/Junior Worlds

Photos from the youth women's pursuit on Feb. 26, 2017 at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 26, 2017, 8:36 a.m. (ET)

BREZNO-OSRBLIE, Slovakia (February 26, 2017) – Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club) turned in the fastest time of the day on the last lap to finish fourth in Sunday's youth women's 7.5-kilometer pursuit at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships. She has now finished in the top 15 of all three races this week. 

Starting in the 11th position, Levins suffered two penalties on the first prone shooting stage but settled down after that. She cleaned the last three stages to move up to seventh place exiting the range, with three competitors just ahead of her.

"There’s a fine line between being too cautious and perfectly aware while shooting." Levins said. "That was the difference between my first shooting and my last three today. After missing two in the first stage, I got out of my own way and went back to basics." 

Levins had no problem chasing down the skiiers in front of her on the final loop with her fast skiing, crossing the line fourth, 1 minute, 55.5 seconds behind the winner.

"Our skis were lightning today," Levins added. "The wax technicians have been making top-notch skis for us all week and I can’t thank them enough. The USA staff gave me some information on the last loop, but I didn’t hear them. I was in a different world, fighting for a medal in my mind’s eye. Although I fell just short of the podium for the second year in a row at international competitions, there is no shame in shooting 90 percent and having the fastest ski time on the last loop. It was fun to be in mix and to share this day with my dad and coach Algis Shalna, who are also here in Osrblie."

Italy's Irene Lardschneider, with four penalties, went wire-to-wire to claim the gold medal in 26:57.1. Lou Laurent Jeanmonnot, the youth women's individual gold medalist, won the silver medal with one penalty, 24.4 seconds back. Samuela Comola of Italy, with two penalties, won her second bronze medal, 1:08.5 behind.

Other American finishes in the youth women's pursuit were Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing Michigan) in 42nd place, and Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 53rd.

Junior Women's Pursuit

In the 10km junior women's pursuit, Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing), the lone American, placed 41st with seven penalties, 5:24.7 off the pace set by gold medalist Vanessa Vasnetcova of Russia, who shot clean to finish in 31:49.5. Sprint gold medalist Michela Carrara of Italy won the silver medal in a sprint finish over Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold. The Italian had three penalties while Tandrevold had two. They finished 10 and 10.8 seconds back, respectively.

Youth Men's Pursuit

France's Emilien Claude, despite four penalties, led from wire-to-wire to win his second gold medal in 29:22.4. He was 16 seconds ahead of silver medalist Cedric Christille of Italy, with two penalties. Danilo Riethmueller of Germany won the bronze medal with four penalties, 30.7 seconds back. American Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) was 30th, 3:52 back with five penalties.

Junior Men's Pursuit

Igor Malinovskii of Russia, with four penalties, won his second gold medal in two days. His time of 32:39.8 was 13 seconds ahead of silver medalist Sindre Pettersen of Norway, with five penalties. The bronze medal went to Anton Smolski of Belarus, also with five penalties, 27.4 seconds back. Americans Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska/National Guard Biathlon) finished 55th and 59th, respectively.

FULL RESULTS HERE

The IBU Youth/Junior World Championships continue Monday with the men's and women's youth relays.

Youth Men's 10km sprint results

1. Emilien Claude (FRA) 29:22.4/+4
2. Cedric Christille (ITA) +16.0/+2
3. Danilo Riethmueller (GER) +30.7/+4
30.
Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)
+3:52.0/+5


Junior Men's 12.5km pursuit results

1. Igor Malinovski (RUS) 32:39.8/+4
2. Sindre Pettersen (NOR) +13.0/+5
3. Anton Smolski (BLR) +27.4/+5
55.
Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute)
+7:19.5/+9
59. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska/National Guard Biathlon)
+8:46.2/+8


Junior Women's 10km pursuit results

1. Valeriia Vasnetcova (RUS) 31:49.5/+0
2. Michela Carrara (ITA) +10.0/+3
3. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR) +10.8/+2
41.
Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing) 
+5:24.7/+7


Youth Women's 7.5km pursuit results

1. Irene Lardschneider (ITA) 26:57.1/+4
2. Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent (FRA) +24.4/+1
3. Samuela Comola (ITA) +1:08.5/+2
4.
Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club) 
+1:55.5/+2
42. Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing Michigan) 
+6:16.2/+4
53. Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) +8:32.1/+6

The USA staff gave me some information on the last loop, but I didn’t hear them. I was in a different world, fighting for a medal in mind’s eye. Although I fell just short of the podium for the second year in a row at international competitions, there is no shame in shooting 90% and having the fastest ski time on the last loop. It was fun to be in mix and to share this day with my dad and coach, Algis Shalna, who are also here in Osrblie. 
The USA staff gave me some information on the last loop, but I didn’t hear them. I was in a different world, fighting for a medal in mind’s eye. Although I fell just short of the podium for the second year in a row at international competitions, there is no shame in shooting 90% and having the fastest ski time on the last loop. It was fun to be in mix and to share this day with my dad and coach, Algis Shalna, who are also here in Osrblie.