Quesnel biathlete competes in junior race series ahead of World Youth/Junior Championships

Ryan Elden, 18, placed 39th and 35th in latest biathlons in Czech Republic

  • Jan. 31, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Quesnel’s Ryan Elden, centre, takes the podium for his gold medal win in the mass-start race at the NorAm Biathlon race series on Jan. 6-7. The event qualified Elden for the National Youth/Junior biathlon team. Contributed photo

Quesnel biathlete Ryan Elden, 18, who recently qualified to be part of the Canadian junior team competing in the International Biathlon Union (IBU) junior race series, has completed his first races in Czech Republic.

On Jan. 26-27, Elden raced in the Junior Men’s 10km Sprint biathlon, placing 39th in the Friday event and 35th in Saturday’s race. In both races he was the second-fastest Canadian competitor.

Elden will next race in the IBU Junior Open European Championships on Feb. 1-4 in Slovenia on his way to the IBU Youth/Junior WOrld Championships in Estonia from Feb. 26-Mar. 4.

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