20-for-20 with Shilo Rousseau

FasterSkierFebruary 27, 2017
Shilo Rousseau competing in a NorAm pursuit last month in Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Dan Guay)

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 16-year-old Shilo Rousseau, of Team Hardwood, who is representing Canada at her first Youth Worlds. In three individual races at the championships, she finished 45th in the youth women’s 6 k sprint, and 54th in both the 10 k individual and 7.5 k pursuit.


“My full name is Shilo Rousseau, but you can call me Shilo. I was born in Elliot Lake, Ontario, raised in Thessalon, Ontario, and one thing you should know about my hometown is that you need to have a good apple collection if you want to survive the many bears that roam the town.

I started cross-country skiing when I was 10 and started biathlon when I was 11, thanks to my parents.

Canada’s Shilo Rousseau (Team Hardwood) shooting at the Thessalon Rod and Gun club in January in her hometown of Thessalon, Ontario. (Courtesy photo)

I currently train in Thessalon with the help of Team Hardwood.

If I’m not skiing, you might find me listening to Broadway musicals my friend forces me to listen to.

If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be ‘Throne of Glass’ series.

One of the things I’m most excited about for Youth/Junior World Championships in Brezno-Osrblie is to race alongside athletes from around the world.

This will be my first Youth/Junior World Championships, and this year, I’m competing as a youth. One race I’m especially targeting there is the sprint race.

The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was race so fast that you pass out on course and have to be taken to the hospital.

One of the best race memories I have is leading the 10 km mass start with my teammate Zoë Pekos right beside me.

If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Laura Dahlmeier.

If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be a professional rapper because I am ultimate.

I’m probably missing 20 days of school to be here, and my teachers/professors are probably thinking, ‘Insane‘ lol.


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