Name: Sam Stertz
Sport: Biathlon
Classification: Youth Team
DOB: 6/20/2002
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minn.
High School: Grand Rapids High School
Team/Club: Mt. Itasca Biathlon
World Championship Experience
  • 2021 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships (Obertilliach, Austria) - 65th in youth individual; 56th in youth sprint; 53rd in youth pursuit / 5th in youth relay
  • 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships (Lenzerheide, Switzerland) - 55th in youth individual; 13th in youth relay; 21st in youth sprint; 44th in youth pursuit

Sam has been skiing since he could walk.  He started biathlon when he was 13 years old, with the coaching of Vlad Cervenka at Mount Itasca. When he is not behind the rifle, Sam enjoys road and mountain biking and running track and cross country.  He also enjoys racing Junior National Qualifiers for skiing and taking part in high school ski racing. He loves to travel and would rather be away than at home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sam’s has competed at one Youth World Championships.