Canada’s Rose-Marie Côté Wins Bronze Medal at Biathlon Youth and Junior World Championships in Sweden
TORSBY, Swe.— Rose-Marie Côté led the Canadian charge to the podium after winning a bronze medal in the youth women’s 10-kilometre individual start competition at the 2010 Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships in Torsby, Sweden on Thursday.
Côté battled through snowy conditions in Sweden to enjoy a stellar day on the range where she shot clean to post a time of 35:22. The Lévis, Que. native has had an eye for the target over the last month. She shot clean in each of her three selection races for the World Juniors earlier this month.
Côté finished just off the leading pace set by Russia’s Olga Galich, who clocked-in at 33:35.7.
The individual competition, which is the most traditional event in the biathlon lineup, puts an emphasis on precise shooting. With no penalty loops like there is in other disciplines, athletes are given a one-minute penalty for every missed shot. The individual is the longest in skiing distance of all biathlon competitions and has four bouts of shooting – two standing and two prone.
Article excerpt by Chris Dornan for Cross Country Canada