Volunteers make our events successful

Hello Everyone,
Thank you to all who volunteer at Biathlon Manitoba events.  As you
know, due to the nature of the (dual) sport, many officials are
required to ensure the safety of athletes, spectators and
volunteers.  We have not done the best job in letting folks know just
how many volunteers are needed to run a Manitoba Cup event.  In other
words, we have not asked, so folks don’t necessarily know they are
needed.

Here’s a pile of trivia.  In addition to the work of the trail
groomer, did you know that:
– it takes about six people hours to set up the range, if nothing is
broken (something is almost always in need of repair),
– it takes about two people hours to set up the start/finish and
penalty loop areas,
– it takes about four people hours to strike the race, i.e. put
everything away and prepare rifles for transport,
– a minimum of 23 officials are needed for each event (registration:
1, range: 10, results: 2, start/finish: 2, penalty loop: 4, course
marshals: 4),
– in addition to coaches, at least three rifle handlers are required.

That brings the total number of volunteers needed to 26 –
ish.  Thirty would be awesome!  In the past, volunteers have taken on
multiple roles at events.

The Biathlon Provincials are coming up, February 27 and 28.  There is
a race each day.  Please volunteer if you can – before, during and/or
after each event.  RSVP to Steve Broda-Milian (brodamilians@mts.net),
indicating:
– for which day(s) you are volunteering,
– your availability before, during and/or after each race,
– a job preference, if you have one.

Thanks once again!
Steve

Saturday Feb 13 Biathlon results

Feb 13 Podium after women's Biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park

(read the whole story here)

The first biathlon event of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games offered up two suprising medalists.

Slovakia’s Anastazia Kuzmina, ranked just 28th in the World Cup Standings, set an early pace of 19:55.6 and overcame a penalty to earn the Gold Medal in the women’s 7.5km sprint.

Kuzmina becomes the first Slovakia to win a Gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

Germany’s Magdalena Neuner earned the Silver medal with a time 19:57.1 and France’s Marie Dorin won the Bronze with a time of 20:06.5.

While Neuner was a top medal contender, neither Kuzmina nor Dorin were expected to land on the podium. A number of the world’s top female biathletes, such as Helena Jonsson of Sweden and Andrea Henkel and Kati Wilhem of Germany, struggled as weather slowed the course.

Megan Tandy was the top Canadian, finishing in 46th position. By placing in the top 60, Tandy has qualified for Tuesday’s 10km pursuit.

Canadian teammates Zina Kocher (65th), Rosanna Crawford (72nd) and Megan Imrie (76th) failed to qualify for the 10km pursuit.