New Gloucester, Maine (Aug. 22, 2019) – Six young biathlon athletes have been nominated by U.S. Biathlon for spots on the team for the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. The selections were made following the completion of the final two qualification events August 17-18 in Jericho, Vt.
Women’s nominations included Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn.), Maja Lapkass (Anchorage, Alaska) and Lexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif.). Men’s selections include Etienne Bordes (Tahoe City, Calif.), Van Ledger (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Cale Woods (Bozeman, Mont.).
The nominations will be put forward to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), which will formally name the U.S. team that will compete in the Youth Olympic Games January 9-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland later this year. The event is open to athletes 15-18 years old.
The biathlon qualification featured eight races over the past nine months – six on snow and two on rollerskis. Each athlete counted his or her best four of eight results (with a maximum of one rollerski result). The eight-race series was one of the most competitive in U.S. Biathlon history with broad depth on both the women’s and men’s sides. In the final edition of the series, the U.S. Summer Nationals, more than 40 athletes filled out the youth field- by far the most participants in that category, ever!
The Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 will be the third winter edition following events at Innsbruck in 2012 and Lillehammer in 2016. In biathlon, there will be two individual events for men and two for women, plus two mixed gender relays.
“This was a remarkably competitive qualifying series to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games,” said U.S. Biathlon High Performance Director Lowell Bailey. “We want to extend our congratulations to the Team and good luck this January!”
U.S. BIATHLON YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES LAUSANNE 2020 NOMINATIONS
Kaisa Bosek – Alexandria, Minn. (Age 16)
Maja Lapkass – Anchorage, Alaska (Age 16)
Lexie Madigan – Truckee, Calif (Age 17)
Etienne Bordes – Tahoe City, Calif. (Age 16)
Van Ledger – Lake Placid, N.Y. (Age16)Cale Woods – Bozeman, Mont. (Age 16)