20-for-20 with Adam Runnalls

FasterSkierFebruary 22, 2017
Canada’s Adam Runnalls competing at the the Junior IBU cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo: Bryan Dickson)

In another 20-something-question, fill-in-the-blanks series, we checked in with the world-class U.S. and Canadian biathletes that will be competing at 2017 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Youth & Junior World Championships Feb. 22-28 in Osrblie (also known as Brezno-Osrblie), Slovakia.

Here’s 18-year-old Adam Runnalls, of Calgary Biathlon Racers, who will be representing Canada at his second Youth Worlds.


“My full name is Adam Runnalls, but you can call me Adam. I was born in Calgary, raised in Calgary, and one thing you should know about my hometown is that it’s still to0 far from the mountains.

I started cross-country skiing when I was 11 and started biathlon when I was 11, thanks to Alberta Biathlon Club and my coach Airat Aitniakov. I currently train in Calgary/Canmore with Calgary Biathlon Racers.

Adam Runnalls (Calgary Biathlon Racers) takes aim at Canadian team trials in Quebec. (Photo: Daniel S. Guay)

If I’m not skiing, you might find me with friends.

If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be… not really a big reader so probably a book I had to read for school.

One of the things I’m most excited about for Youth/Junior World Championships in Brezno-Osrblie is the racing.

This will be my second Youth/Junior World Championships, and this year, I’m competing as a youth. One race I’m especially targeting there is the pursuit because its the funnest style of race.

The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was race like you train and train like you race.

One of the best race memories I have is the pursuit race last year at world youth.

If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Tarjei Bø.

If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be a sports doctor.

I’m missing 15 days of school to be here, and my teachers/professors are probably thinking, ‘Why?’

You can follow me on Instagram @adam.runnalls and Twitter @adamrunnalls84.”


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