New Gloucester, Maine: US Biathlon is excited to announce the awarding of the Youth and Junior World Championships Trials for 2023 to Anchorage, Alaska. The trials will be held December 28-31, 2022, with the exact race schedule to be announced soon. The event will be used to decide the Youth and Junior World Championship Team, as well as to fill the final spots for the FISU World University Games to be held in Lake Placid January 12-22, 2023 (pending Board approval of the criteria).
"We look forward to the exciting Youth and Junior World Championship trials in Anchorage, Alaska,” said USBA Director of Athlete Development, Tim Burke. “This is US Biathlon's premier youth and junior event of the season, and I'm confident Anchorage will put on a top-notch event for our athletes. Hopefully, these races can also inspire Alaska's developing biathletes and help the continued growth of the Anchorage clubs.”
The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage (NSAA) and the Alaska Biathlon Association will jointly host the event. NSAA Executive Director and Olympic Cross-Country Skiing Champion, Kikkan Randall, is excited to see the event back in Alaska:
“After a seven year absence, the Youth-Junior Championship Trials are coming back to Anchorage!” said Randall. “The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage and the Alaska Biathlon Association are proud to host these trials this coming December and select the best American biathletes to compete in the Youth Junior World Championships in Kazakhstan, March 2023. We’re looking forward to supporting our future Team USA!”
Youth and Junior World Championships will be held in Schuchinsk, Kazakhstan from March 3-12, 2023.