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U.S. Biathletes to Compete on Home Snow as World University Games Open in Lake Placid

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 13, 2023, 10:26 a.m. (ET)

Bjorn Westervelt competing
Bjorn Westervelt competes at the 2022 U.S. National Championships (photo by Danny Wild/ORDA)

A team of 12 U.S. biathletes will have the privilege of competing on home snow in a multi-sport international competition as the 2023 FISU World University Games open Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. The biathlon events will be contested at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg venue.

“I look forward to watching our team compete in an international event right here in Lake Placid,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of Athlete Development Tim Burke. “We are typically the ones traveling overseas for racing, so it's a nice change of pace to have this event at our home venue. Hopefully, the hometown advantage leads to some personal bests for our athletes.”

During the 11 days of competition, around 1,443 athletes from 46 countries and 540 universities are expected to participate in the 12 sports; alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle & freeski, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating.  

“It’s a rare opportunity to have the privilege of international racing on home snow and I am looking forward to the competing for Team USA,” added Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./University of Vermont & USBA). “I’m very excited to race at the new Mt. Van Hoevenberg venue that we have had the privilege of training at the past two summers.”

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the World University Games and it's so exciting to be competing in Lake Placid for my first international biathlon event," said Dolcie Tanguay (Fort Kent, Maine/Paul Smith's College & NYSEF). "I attend Paul Smith's College not far from Lake Placid and have been able to watch the local communities transform over the last couple years to host this incredible event. I'm looking forward to racing but am almost as excited to watch everyone else race in biathlon as well as any other sports I get a chance to watch. This experience is extra sweet being able to compete in the Games with two of my Paul Smith's teammates and closest friends." 

The biathlon competition opens Saturday, Jan. 14, with the men’s and women’s individual events. Livestream coverage of the World University Games can be found on FISU TV.

Lake Placid, N.Y. – Jan. 14-21

USA Women’s Roster
Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team)
Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team)
Dolcie Tanguay (Fort Kent, Maine/Paul Smith’s College & NYSEF)
Sarah Beaulieu (Fort Fairfield, Maine/Sugar Bowl Ski Team)
Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of St. Scholastica)
Cheresa Bouley (Zimmerman, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon & Team Birkie)
USA Men’s Roster
Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./University of Vermont & USBA)
Van Ledger (Lake Placid, N.Y./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team)
Cale Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team)
Nathaniel Livingood (Bethel, Maine/(JXB & Gould Academy)
Tim Cobb (Westford, Vt./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team)
Matej Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon)

Biathlon Schedule of Events (all times EST) 

Saturday, Jan. 14
12:15 pm – Women’s 12.5km individual
2:45 pm – Men’s 15km individual

Monday, Jan. 16
2:00 pm – Single mixed relay (W+M)

Wednesday, Jan. 18
1:00 pm – Men’s 10km sprint
3:20 pm – Women’s 7.5km sprint

Thursday, Jan. 19
1:40 pm – Men’s 12.5km pursuit
3:20 pm – Women’s 10km pursuit

Saturday, Jan. 21
1:40 pm – Men’s 15km mass start
3:35 pm – Women’s 12.5km mass start

Related Athletes

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Helen Wilson

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Ariana Woods

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Sarah Beaulieu

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Emma Stertz

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Cheresa Bouley

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Bjorn Westervelt

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Van Ledger

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Cale Woods

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Tim Cobb

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Matej Cervenka