Rosanna Crawford hits all 20 targets – and the podium!

Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, AB, cleaned all 20 targets en route to a fantastic 3rd place in the Individual competition at today’s World Cup competition in Ruhpolding, Germany. The medal is Canada’s first World Cup medal since the 2015-16 season.

Of her race, Crawford commented: “I knew everyone’s eyes were on me in the last two shootings. Everyone was cheering for me; I have never experienced that before. I am so excited; my first podium and the first time hitting 20-for-20 as well. I really love Ruhpolding; it was my first World Juniors and my first World Cup and now my first podium so it is a very special place for me.”

Crawford continued, “this is so special – it’s something I’ve been working on for so long. For it to finally come together is incredible. I told the techs I didn’t want info on how I was doing. I just wanted them to cheer. I knew things were going really well, but I didn’t know I was competing for a podium until my last bout of shooting. This is a good confidence boost before the Olympics. There is less than a month to go, but it’s still far away, so a lot can happen.”

“It’s an individual podium but such a team effort to get there. My teammates have been pushing me, and inspiring me with their personal best races. Also, Brendan (Green) has been my rock. Without him, I wouldn’t be here at all,” Crawford said. “The girls all gave me a big hug at the finish line. (High-Performance Director) Roddy Ward said he knew I could do it. I’ve been so motivated by these women. They’ve all had personal bests on the World Cup and I get one too.”

photo by C. Manzoni – Nordic Focus

Biathlon Canada Women’s Coach/High-Performance Director Roddy Ward commented: “The team is so excited. All the women were waiting for Rosanna at the finish and jumped all over her after she crossed the finish line in 3rd. This was a big day for Rosanna and the whole team. We are all inspired for more! So many years of hard work, sweat and tears to achieve her first individual podium result. Unbelievable day.”

The result marks Crawford’s first World Cup medal in an individual event, and her second-ever, after a 2015 medal in the Single Mixed Relay with Nathan Smith. Crawford also joins Myriam Bedard and Zina Kocher as the only Canadian women to win a World Cup medal.

Other Canadian results from Thursday’s Individual included Julia Ransom – 34th (2 misses), Sarah Beaudry – 53rd (2 misses), and Emma Lunder – 67th (4 misses).

Competition continues tomorrow with the Men’s 4 X 6 km Relay. Brendan Green, Macx Davies, as well as the Gow brothers Christian and Scott, will take the start for Canada.

Read the Associated Press/CBC release, and have a look at the post-race press conference.