Canadians Fall Short of Podium Quest at Para-Nordic World Cup
Cross Country Canada — Arendz and Young ski to fourth, Hudak fifth in biathlon event—
CANMORE, Alta.—Canada’s top Para-Nordic athletes finished shy of the podium in the short-distance biathlon races on Saturday on home snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Emily Young (Vancouver) and Mark Arendz (Hartsville, P.E.I.) both finished fourth, while Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, Sask.) skied to fifth place – all in the deep women’s and men’s standing classifications at the Para-Nordic World Cup.
Young, who racked up three bronze medals in the cross-country skiing events earlier this week, clocked a time of 18:20.5.
“I don’t race biathlon too much so I can’t complain here today. I tried to ski hard and come into the range hot,” said Young. “I have confidence in my ski ability. I know I can push, but it’s always a different morning before a biathlon. My nerves are even higher than in cross-country because there is just more that can go wrong.”
Young was in the medal mix throughout the six-kilometre race until her second and final round of shooting where one missed shot may have cost her a fourth medal.
“I skied well and everything went well except for the last shot. I was able to push hard on the last couple laps. It didn’t feel like I even skied the penalty lap. I was out of there before it started,” said Young. “It’s all learning experiences. You miss one. It happens.”
Canada’s Hudak shot clean to finish on Young’s heels with a time of 18:33.7.
“I was really happy with my shooting in the range today. I wanted to see how hard I could go, and maintain that speed for the race. Shooting went really well, but I feel some fatigue in the legs,” said Hudak.
Getting run down after racing for the fourth time in a week, the 24-year-old tried to feed off a bronze-medal finish Thursday.
“I am known for starting races on the conservative side. Sometimes it takes me a while to build on, but the body is starting to get tired. You never know (how you’ll feel) until you go. You gotta know your strengths and weaknesses. This past year, shooting has been a strength, so we’ll run with that.”
Three Neutral Athletes swept the women’s podium. Ekaterina Rumyantseva remained unbeaten with a time of 16:44.4 (1+0). Anna Milenina was second at 16:51.1 (0+1), while Natalia Bratiuk shot clean to claim the bronze medal with a time of 18:07.8.
Canada’s Mark Arendz was disappointed with a fourth-place effort in the men’s 7.5-kilometre biathlon sprint race. The 27-year-old Arendz shot clean, but didn’t have the ski speed to earn a second-straight medal, finishing with a time of 18:07.8.
Benjamin Daviet, of France, was perfect in his two rounds of shooting to secure another gold medal with a time of 17:00.8. Two Neutral Athletes won the silver and bronze medals. Vladislav Lekomtsev was second at 18:01.1 (0+2), while Aleksandr Pronkov went 10 for 10 on the range to best Arendz for the bronze by four seconds, stopping the clock at 18:03.3.
The Para-Nordic World Cup wraps up on Sunday at the Canmore Nordic Centre with the biathlon pursuit race.
Complete Results: https://www.paralympic.org/nordic-skiing/calendar-results
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