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TWO OF NINE – Maria Peters, pictured competing at the Biathlon Yukon championships earlier this month, earned two bronze medals at a B.C. Cup event in Whistler last weekend. Fifteen local biathletes attended.

Biathletes earn nine medals at B.C. Cup

Biathlon Yukon’s Velocity Squad slogged through a “monsoon” to win nine medals in Whistler, B.C., last weekend.

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 30, 2015

Biathlon Yukon’s Velocity Squad slogged through a “monsoon” to win nine medals in Whistler, B.C., last weekend.

Fifteen local athletes made the trip for the B.C. Cup event held at the Whistler Olympic Park, which saw some abysmal weather Saturday. Rain poured over the course, forcing officials and coaches to break out umbrellas as the sprint races went on.

“It was actually a monsoon on Saturday,” coach Dennis Peters told the Star this morning. “It poured rain all day and the athletes were skiing through lakes. It was nuts.

“It’s rain or shine,” he explained. “I’ve seen closures because it’s too cold, but in B.C., they don’t cancel anything because of rain.”

Temperatures hovered around 4 C, and parents worked hard to keep kids warm post-race.

Leading the way for the Yukon squad was Nadia Moser, who earned two gold medals in the junior women’s category.

The 17-year-old won both her 7.5-kilometre sprint and 10-km pursuit races, recording times that were well ahead of each of her male competitors.

Jake Draper picked up gold in the junior boys pursuit and silver in the sprint, while Micah Hildes acquired the same medals in the junior girls category, and Dana Sellars earned third in the junior girls sprint.

Maria Peters picked up a pair of bronze medals in the senior girls division to cap off the Yukon medal wins.

“It was a really good trip,” said coach Peters. “This was probably some of the best results we’ve ever had in a trip out. We’ve had about three or four medals before, but to be on the podium nine times was quite a nice surprise for us.”

Sunday’s pursuit races produced some excellent shooting from the local troops – including eight clean rounds.

“That’s just amazing,” said Dennis Peters. “They shot 80 per cent.”

Summer shooting training from 50 metres is starting to pay dividends, he noted.

The group of 15 athletes was the largest the Yukon has ever sent to an Outside event. The locals competed against rival teams from across B.C.

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