New Gloucester, ME - US Biathlon today announced the final spots for the first trimester IBU World Cup team. The 2022-23 IBU World Cup season starts Nov. 29 in Kontiolahti, Finland, and for the first time in recent history, the US Biathlon women’s team will toe the line with five starters. Start spots are determined by Nations Cup ranking, with the top-10 teams allowed five start spots. In a combination of solid performances from the team last season and the disqualification of the Russian and Belarusian teams, the women moved into the top-10 to secure five spots for the 2022-23 season.
“Five [start spots] is historic,” said US National Team Coach, Armin Auchentaller. “Five like the number of targets to hit, five like the Olympic rings - we will go for it. I really hope all the women in the US get excited and are motivated by this program that continues to grow more and more successful. I’m really proud of all the women who helped make this possible.”
In addition to the five women and four men headed to Kontiolahti for the first IBU World Cup, four women and four men will compete in Idre, Sweden, for IBU Cup 2 (IBU Cup 1 in Sjusjoen, Norway was canceled due to lack of snow).
IBU World Cup Team
Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, WI) - National Guard Biathlon Team
Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, CO)
Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, WA) - Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Chloe Levins (Rutland, VT)
Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT) - Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Jake Brown (St. Paul, MN) - Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH) - National Guard Biathlon
Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN) - National Guard Biathlon
Maxime Germain (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, FRA) - National Guard Biathlon
IBU Cup Team
Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, MN) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
Mikayla Maier (Bozeman, MT) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
Jacqueline Garso (Lake Clear, NY) - Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Ariana Woods (Bozeman, MT) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, UT) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, WA) - National Guard Biathlon
Nikolas Burkhart (Olympic Valley, CA) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
Scott Lacy (Aspen, CO) - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team
The BMW IBU World Cup will be live streamed via Eurovision this season. Action begins with the Men’s Individual competition on November 29 at 7:15am ET.