Strong Start in Sweden for Ransom

Julia Ransom cleaned all 20 targets en route to a fantastic 9th place in the Individual competition Wednesday at the opening World Cup of the season in Oestersund, Sweden. Clean shooting was the theme of the competition, won by Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus, with seven athletes in the top-ten shooting clean.

According to Coach Matthias Ahrens “Julia struggled a bit on Sunday in the Relay, but she really put it together to shoot four times clean today. Especially as the tension mounted, with each clean bout, Julia was closer the podium and she managed the pressure very well. She didn’t get too excited or too nervous, executing clean shooting each time.”

The result marks Ransom’s first top-ten at World Cup level.

Other Canadian results included Rosanna Crawford – 39th (2 misses), Megan Bankes – 75th (3 misses), and Emma Lunder – 83rd (5 misses).

Of Crawford’s race, Ahrens commented: “Rosanna, considering the crash of Sunday, had a really nice race. It wasn’t certain if she’d race today, and we went in with a strategy not to risk any further injury. She managed a very good race, with a quite good ski time. Her rifle also required repairs from Sunday’s race. Overall, not knowing how she would hold up, particularly on one of the hardest Individual courses on the circuit, it was a nice result for her, in the World Cup points.”

Conditions today in Oestersund were cold, with high humidity but no wind.

Competition continues tomorrow with the Men’s 20-kilometre Individual. Brendan Green, Nathan Smith, as well as the Gow brothers Christian and Scott, will take the start for Canada.

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