Both took part in Friday’s sprint race at Oberhof; Live race webcast starting at 5 a.m. on Friday
Emily Dickson’s whirlwind European tour this week took her to the top of the biathlon world.
The Burns Lake native, 24, is among 104 starters on Friday in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oberhof, Germany.
Dickson will leave the starting grid at 6:30 a.m. PT wearing bib # 91 as the 91st starter in the race. Sarah Beaudry of Prince George will be the first Canadian on the course, starting on the 10th at 5:20 am
The race will be webcast live on www.eurovisionsports.tv with coverage starting at 5:00 am PT Friday.
This is only the second international racing weekend this season for Dickson, a 12-race World Cup veteran. After a concussion that kept her down for the entire 2020-21 racing season, Dickson competed in the November National Team Trials in Canmore and failed to join the World Cup teams. or the IBU Cup for the first quarter in Europe.
But an injury to World Cup team member Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, who broke her leg in a sledging accident in early December, opened up a berth on the Canadian IBU Cup squad for Dickson. .
She joined the team in Obertilliach, Austria from December 9-11 and posted strong results, finishing 33rd in the sprint, 63rd in the individual event, also teaming up with Matthew Strum of Canmore to finish seventh. to the single mixed relay.
If Dickson finishes 60th or better on Friday, she will advance to Sunday’s pursuit at Oberhof. She entered her first World Cup race at this course on January 9, 2020, and finished 46th, the best result of her career to date.
Dickson competed at the world championships that year in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy and had just completed a sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland on March 13, 2020, when the world of sport suddenly came to a halt with the start of the COVID pandemic.
She suffered a concussion during a national team roller ski training session near Canmore in September 2020 and missed the entire season as a result.
Beaudry, 27, is hoping for better results in the second quarter as she seeks a berth on Canada’s Olympic team. Now a 90 World Cup veteran, Beaudry posted her best result this season on December 2 in Oestersund, Sweden, as she placed 39th in the sprint to earn her first World Cup points. season.
Beaudry was belatedly added to the 2018 Olympic team in PyeongChang, South Korea, when Prince George’s Megan Tandy was unable to run due to a lung infection. Beaudry finished 29th in the individual race and helped Canada secure a 10th place finish in the women’s team relay.
Four women and four men will represent Canada at the Beijing Olympics from February 4 to 20. The team is expected to be announced after the races at Oberhof.
Three of Canada’s top biathletes – Emma Lunder from Vernon and Gow brothers from Canmore, Scott and Christian – are not racing this weekend at Oberhof and instead attending training camp in Antholz. All three were on the Olympic squad, which opened up World Cup spots for Strum and Trevor Kiers of Sprucedale, Ont., Both of whom went from IBU Cup level to racing in Germany. . The men’s race begins at 2:30 a.m. PT.
Benita Peiffer of Vancouver is also on the start list for Canada in the sprint race at Oberhof, starting 79th. Jules Brunotte will be the first Canadian on the course on Friday, 26th in the field of 109 skiers in the men’s 10 km sprint, followed by Adam Runnalls of Calgary (61st), Strum (67th) and Kiers (96th).
Mixed team relays and single mixed relays are scheduled for Saturday.