Emily Dickson’s World Cup seasoning paid off for her Friday on the IBU Cup biathlon slopes in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovenia.
Fresh from racing two World Cup events last week in Germany, the 22-year-old from Burns Lake blasted to a 27th-place finish out of 85 starters in the IBU Cup women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint.
Dickson had just one miss on the range and ended up 1:44.3 behind the gold-medal pace of Karoline Erdal of Norway.
With her top-60 finish, Dickson qualified for Saturday’s 10-km pursuit. She started the week with an 11th-place result in the single mixed relay, teaming up with Carsen Campbell of Bedeque, P.E.I.
Campbell raced in Friday’s men’s 12.5 km sprint and finished 52nd, with one missed target. He was 2:44.8 behind Semen Suchilov of Russia, who won gold. Matthew Strum of Canmore placed 50th out of 108 with one missed target and was 2:36.1 behind Suchilov. Strum and Campbell both qualified for the 12.5-km pursuit Saturday.
Meanwhile, at the BWM IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Sarah Beaudry of Prince George had another disappointing result in the women’s 4 X 6 km relay as Canada finished 20th out of 23 teams, the same placing as last week in Oberhof, Germany.
The Canadian women – (Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, Yukon, Emma Lunder of Vernon, Megan Bankes of Calgary and Beaudry) were forced to ski one penalty lap in Friday’s race and had 11 reloads on the range. They ended up 5:30.8 behind race winners Norway.
The Norwegian team (Karoline Offigstad-Knotten, Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, Tiril Eckhoff, Marte Olsbu Roeisland) finished the course in 1:08:46.4. France (+10.7) and Switzerland (+20.7) rounded out the medal podium.
The men’s 4 X 7.5 km relay is scheduled for Saturday. Canada (Jules Burnotte of Sherbooke, Que, Scott Gow of Canmore, Aidan Millar of Canmore, Christian Gow of Canmore) is among 26 teams entered.
The race will be streamed live on eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.
Three Canadians qualified for Sunday’s men’s 12.5 km pursuit. Burnotte will start 47th, followed by Christian Gow (50th) and Scott Gow (60th). Lunder, the only Canadian woman in Sunday 10-km pursuit, will start 53rd in the order.