Germain 'Super Good' in Winning Youth Worlds Bronze

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 31, 2020, 10:15 a.m. (ET)


Maxime Germain (r) on the podium after the youth men's sprint in Lenzerheide on Jan. 31, 2020 (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (January 31, 2020) – The four-year medal drought for the U.S. team at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships is over after Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club/USBA Junior National Team) captured the bronze medal in Friday's men's 7.5-kilometer sprint in Lenzerheide. It marked the first American medal since Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) captured gold, silver and bronze at the 2016 event.

"I had a super good year training with my buddies in Alaska," said Germain. "It was a super fun race. I did what I needed to do and it worked out. I did not feel well today but I finished well so I'm happy."

Germain had just one penalty in prone, cleaned from the standing position, and then held off two fast Norwegian skiers to secure the bronze medal. He was 11.3 seconds behind gold medalist Aleksei Kovalev of Russia and just two seconds back of silver medalist Ondrej Manek of Czech Republic. Both Kovalev and Manek shot clean with Kovalev posting the winning time of 19:53.

Also having career-best finishes in the youth men's sprint were Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) and Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon). Westervelt cracked the top-10 with a ninth-place finish, 24 seconds back with just a single prone penalty. Stertz went 10-for-10 on the range to place 21st, 1:05.8 behind Kovalev. Tim Cobb (Westford, Vt./Ethan Allen Biathlon/Mansfield Nordic) rounded out the U.S. efforts in the youth men's sprint in 83rd. Germain, Westervelt and Stertz all qualified for the 60-man field in Sunday's 10km pursuit.

"Today was just one of those days that you dream about as a coach," said U.S. Biathlon Director of Athlete Development Tim Burke. "To see three of our youth men put together the best races of their young careers on the same day, was truly special.  And Max’s bronze medal was the icing on the cake. I think this will inspire the rest of the team going into the last weekend of racing at these youth and junior world championships." 
 

After the men's race finished, the youth women took to the tracks for their 6km sprint. Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack) and Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club) both qualified for Sunday's 7.5km pursuit by finishing 53rd and 58th, respectively. Bosek had a lone penalty in standing to finish 2:43.3 off the pace, while Wilson was 2:53.9 back with four penalties. Also competing for the U.S. in the youth women's sprint were Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow) in 65th and Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon) in 81st.

Linda Zingerle of Italy won the gold medal in the youth women's sprint with one penalty in 17:44.7. Liubov Kalinina of Russia shot clean for the silver medal, 20.8 seconds back, while Oceane Michelon of France, with two penalties, won the bronze medal, 21.3 seconds behind Zingerle.

Competition continues on Saturday with the junior men's and women's sprint events. The junior men's 10km race will feature Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team), Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club/USBA Junior National Team), Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team) and Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon).

In the junior women's 7.5km sprint, Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sport Center), Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team) and Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica) race for the U.S.

Saturday's junior men's sprint begins at 5:00 a.m. EST with the junior women's sprint going off at 8:00 a.m. EST. Follow both races live at https://www.biathlon.fans/.

Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Youth Men’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Aleksei Kovalev (RUS)

19:53.0/+0

2.

Ondrej Manek (CZE)

+9.3/+0

3.

Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)

+11.3/+1

9.

Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)

+24.0/+1

21.

Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon)

+1:05.8/+0

83.

Tim Cobb (Westford, Vt./Ethan Allen Biathlon/Mansfield Nordic)

+4:22.6/+6

 

Youth Women’s 6km sprint results

1.

Linda Zingerle (ITA)

17:44.7/+1

2.

Liubov Kalinina (RUS)

+20.8/+0

3.

Oceane Michelon (FRA)

+21.3/+2

53. Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn/Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack) +2:43.3/+1
58. Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club) +2:53.9/+4

65.

Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow)

+3:12.9/+3

81.

Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

+4:30.5/+4