(Lenzerheide, Switzerland)  The Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide is hosting the first big biathlon event in Switzerland – the IBU Youth & Junior World Championships Biathlon – from January 26th through February 2nd. Talented national and international young athletes will compete in Lenzerheide in 16 different competitions and will battle for the world championship title.  Among them is Alexandria's Kaisa Bosek after her recent participation in the Youth Olympics.   Kaisa is on the youth team. The Juniors are the older group. She is the youngest member for the American team at the World Finals. This is great experience for her on the international circuit.

Here are the results from today's (Sunday's) races for the USA Women:

  • 52nd Lena Farra +4:47 1+0+3+1=5
  • 67th Helen Wilson +5:46 1+2+2+1=6
  • 70th Kaisa Bosek +6:07 1+0+1+2=4
  • 86th Eva Weymuller +10:48 3+2+0+4=9

The Youth Men went a distance of 12.5 km.  Here are the USA finishers.

  • 32nd Bjorn Westervelt +4:23 0+2+1+2=5
  • 38th Maxime Germain +4:58 2+1+2+2=7
  • 55th Sam Stertz +6:17 0+3+1+0=4
  • 89th Tim Cobb +12:53 3+2+2+3=10

The Junior Men and Women will compete Monday. Kaisa’s next race will be on Tuesday for the 3x6 km Relay. Her team members will be Lena Farra and Helen Wilson.

Participating in the 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, are the following athletes:

Female Junior World Championship Team

  • Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team)
  • Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center)
  • Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica)

 Female Youth World Championship Team

  • Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
  • Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow)
  • Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack)
  • Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

Male Junior World Championship Team

  • Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club)
  • Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team)
  • Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team)
  • Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon)

 Male Youth World Championship Team

  • Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)
  • Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
  • Timothy Cobb (Westford, Vt./Ethan Allen Biathlon/Mansfield Nordic)
  • Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon)