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Doherty Grabs Another Gold in Sunday’s Pursuit Races

| March 2, 2014

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Super Sunday at the Nordic Heritage Center where the top athletes from the sprint competition competed in the pursuit race. Athletes took off in the order they finished in the sprint competition, and had to visit the range a total of four times.

The Youth Women started the day off where U.S. athlete Maddie Phaneuf took off in the fourth position, and within a minute of the first three competitors. Phaneuf shot clean in Friday’s competition, but struggled a little more in Sunday’s race. She wound up missing eight targets and ended up crossing the finish line 24th. While Maddie didn’t medal, she’s still happy with her performance.

“I think I was top 25 so that’s still pretty good for an international competition,” said Phaneuf. “Definitely not a top 5 but it was good enough for me.”

The Junior Women’s race followed and the results showed that you didn’t have to start in the front of the pack to grab a medal. Canadian biathlete Sarah Beaudry started in the 29th spot- more than 2 and a half minutes behind the sprint competition winner. Beaudry only missed one target on the day and used her speed on the course to cross the finish line third. She gave Canada their first medal of the Junior World Championships.

“I knew with the wind that I could play a lot with my competitors,” said Beaudry. “So I knew if I had a good shooting day, really anything could’ve happened.”

It was the men’s turn in the afternoon, and U.S. athlete and gold medal favorite Sean Doherty once again wowed the crowd in the youth race. Doherty shot clean in both of his prone positions, and then missed three targets in the standing. It wasn’t a disadvantage though as Doherty used his quick skiing to maintain a steady lead and cross the finish line first waving the American flag proudly. It was the second gold medal for Doherty who finished a good minute ahead of second place finisher Marco Gross of Germany.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Doherty. “It’s just that I’ve been working hard for this all season, and it’s just really coming together here again and it’s tremendously a tremendous rewarding feeling.”

The biathletes have Monday off as they begin training for the individual competition to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, and the relay competition on Thursday and Friday.

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