(Alexandria, MN) Kaisa Bosek is heading to Switzerland next January. It's not a family trip, although her family will be there, but rather her chance to represent the United States in the Youth Winter Olympics. Kaisa is only 16 years old, but she has already risen to the top of her sport of biathlon. She is a member of the Wolfpack/MN Biathlon Club has been nominated by the US Biathlon Association to be a member of the 6 athlete US Biathlon Team to the Youth Olympic Games to be held Jan 9-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Winter Games are sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and includes all of the Winter Olympic sports.
Below is a VIDEO story on Kaisa's run for Olympic gold by VOA's Joe Korkowski.
The USA team will consist of three (youth) men and three (youth) women who were selected based on each athlete’s best four of eight national level races starting with Team Trials in Utah, continuing at Nationals in Vermont and finishing at the National Roller ski Biathlon Championships in Vermont early in August. Only one roller ski event could be counted even though the competitors skied on matched roller skis provided by USBA.
Bosek was in 3rd place on the Youth Women roster coming into the last races; however she then dominated in the final two, finishing the series with a 7.5km Pursuit race shooting 0,0,0,1 [only one miss in 20 shots] and finishing over 3 minutes ahead of her nearest Youth Olympic Games competitor and scoring 107.3% based on the average of the top 3 finishers to move her up to 1st in the selection process, which is based on percent back scores.