US Biathlon Levins 6th in Junior...

Levins 6th in Junior Worlds Individual

By Bill Kellick | March 01, 2018, 1:13 p.m. (ET)

Chloe Levins (3rd from right) is surrounded by coaches and staff after her individual race

OTEPAA, Estonia (March 1, 2018) – Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Biathlon Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club) raced to a sixth-place finish Thursday in the junior women’s 12.5-kilometer individual event at the 2018 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. With three penalties on the shooting range, Levins crossed the line three minutes, 37.4 seconds off the winning time. It was Levins’ second career top-10 finish at the event, having placed fourth in the youth pursuit last year.

“My skis were magic today, probably the fastest in the entire women's field,” said Levins. “Since I'm the only American junior woman at these championships, I'm fortunate to have a lot of USA staff behind me on race day. I can't thank them enough.”


Although she had a top-five finish in the pursuit last year, Levins’ best finish in the individual before today was 14th.


“I've never been so close to the top in an individual competition, so today was a new experience for me,” she added. “The great thing about biathlon is that you'll never run out of things to learn. So for now, I'll keep learning.”


Kamila Zuk of Poland dominated the junior women’s individual competition with two penalties to claim the gold medal in 41:36.1. Her closest competition, Ukraine’s Anna Kryvonos, was 3:04.7 behind, also with two penalties to take the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Irina Kazakevich of Russia, with three penalties, 3:20 behind Zuk.


In the junior men’s 15k race held later in the day, Tim Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./St. Lawrence University) was the top American in 53rd place. He was followed by Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) in 60th, Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club) in 83rd, and Cam Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW) in 84th.


The gold medal in the junior men’s individual went to Russia’s Igor Malinovskii with three penalties and a time of 41:48.5. Behind Malinovskii, the silver medal went to Sturla Holm Laegreid of Norway with three penalties, 19.4 seconds back. Malinovskii’s teammate, Said Karimulla Khalili took the bronze medal with two penalties, 23 seconds off the pace.


Competition continues on Friday with the youth men's and women's sprints.

Full results at

Junior Women’s 12.5km individual results


Kamila Zuk (POL)



Anna Kryvonos (UKR)



Irina Kazakevich (RUS)



Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Biathlon Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club)



Junior Men’s 15km individual results


Igor Malinovskii (RUS)



Sturla Holm Laegreid (NOR)



Said Karimulla Khalili (RUS)



Tim Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./St. Lawrence University)



Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute)



Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club)



Cam Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW)


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