It was a great day for the Canada at the IBU Youth and Junior World Championships. Rene Cloukey has the story.
It was a very exciting day at Nordic Heritage Center. Teams of three battled in the relay races and on the men’s side, the race was for the silver medal as Russia built up a two minute lead early in the third stage of the event. The US, Canada, Finland and Kazakhstan all battled for the silver medal. Jules Bernotte of Canada overtook Mikko Loukkaanhuhta of Finland in the final 500 meters to give the silver medal to Canada.
Burnotte:”I had to shoot well and ski fast.. That is what I did. I am really happy. It’s amazing.”
Dupuis:” It’s amazing. We thought we had a good chance for a medal, but we just had to pull it together. Pull off ok races and we will pulled it off. It is amazing.”
Millar: “I’m on top of the world right now. I came in here hoping for a top 20 so to win a medal with these great guys, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The US Relay team made up of Paul Thomas Everett, Sean Doherty and Brian Halligan said they loved the competition and loved the cheering fans.
Everett:” So much fun I love starting it and then love hearing the huge crowd of all those kids there cheering for me. It just made my day it was a great experience.”
Doherty:” That is always awesome. People cheering and happy to see you do well. It is just tremendous and a lot of fun. It sends you out on course with that extra boost.”
Halligan:” I missed a few targets, but that is fine because I had great teammates to back me up. All in all I think this week as a positive experience.”
The silver medalist also saying the hundreds of fans in attendance gave them added energy and incentive.”
Dupuis:” They were amazing all the kids out there . The kids with the Canada stuff. Thanks to them they were awesome.”