Canada’s Rosanna Crawford Returns to Biathlon World Cup with 18th Place Finish

RUHPOLDING, Ger.—Rosanna Crawford took advantage of a rare perfect day in Ruhpolding, Germany to put down a solid 18th-place finish in her return to the Biathlon World Cup circuit on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Crawford combined fast skis with solid shooting, missing just two shots in her four stops at the range, to fight her way into the top-20 with a time of 43:12.5 in the women’s 15-kilometre individual start race.

“My races before Christmas weren’t that great so my expectations were low. Skiing felt better than it has earlier in the year. I felt like I could start strong and keep that going better than the first three World Cups. Our skis were also good today, the techs did a good job,” said Canmore, Alta., resident.

A slower than normal start to the season combined with being forced to extend her holiday break one extra week after getting sick, Crawford decided on bringing a different strategy into the second half of the season.

“I set some process goals rather than result goals. I think the extra bit of rest I got from being sick, and then having some more training after skipping last week was helpful,” added Crawford. “We were luckier than the men yesterday. It was hard packed and fair conditions for the whole race. I love racing Ruhpolding. The fans are great and cheer for every country. Wherever we go we hear ‘Go Canada’ so it is a really fun atmosphere.”

The crowd was definitely cheering for Italy’s Dorothea Wierer who shot clean to run away with the women’s race by nearly one minute with a time of 40:19.9. Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen was the next best finisher in second at 41:14.7 (1+0+0+0), while Gabriela Soukalova, of the Czech Republic, clocked-in at 41:29.8 (0+1+0+0) to win the bronze medal.

It was a tough day for the rest of the Canadian squad. Megan Tandy, of Prince George, B.C., was 73rd at 47:44.8 (1+1+0+2), while Julia Ransom, of Kelowna, B.C., placed 78th at 48:13.0 (0+4+0+1), and Zina Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta., was 94th with a time of 51:35.3 (3+1+2+3).

The World Cup continues on Friday in Ruhpolding with the men’s 4×7.5 kilometre relay.

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