Team BC women and men have raced to another medal finish at Biathlon in Red Deer. Following the two gold, one silver and one bronze performances yesterday in the 7.5km and 10km individual pursuits, Team BC added bronze in the 3x6km women’s and 3x7.5km men’s team relay.
Gillian Gowling (Whistler), Natalie Benoit (Summerland) and Larissa Black (Squamish) crossed the line in 3rd position to secure the 5th medal for Team BC biathlon at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Danica Ariano (Coldstream) raced on an unofficial team with Karly Coyne from Alberta and Adrianna Emond from Quebec. This team unofficially came fourth with a time of 1:01.52.4
Women's 3x6km relay – Bronze Medal
Team: Gillian Gowling (Whistler), Natalie Benoit (Summerland), Larissa Black (Squamish)
On the men’s side, Team BC was comprised of Andrei Secu (Coquitlam), Ethan Algra (Vernon) and Ryan Elden (Quesnel). Elden won gold yesterday in the 10km Individual Pursuit, while Secu adds today's finish to his two-bronze week (10k individual pursuit and sprint competition).
Keiran Marchand (Nelson) is the fourth member of Team BC's men's biathlon team. He had the opportunity to race on an unofficial relay team, however chose not to due to a shoulder injury. Instead he rested up for tomorrow's race and was the team's best cheerleader!
In another crazy day at Riverbend Golf and Recreation Area, the athletes reflected on the crowd and the cheering they could hear around the whole course.
“The cheering was insane, on every corner of the course. Because in the relay it is a mass start, the noise out of the gate was so loud and crazy. It was just a lot of fun to be out there,” said Secu.
Andrei Secu has already had quite the week at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and he will compete again tomorrow in search of a 4th podium finish.
Men’s 3x7.5km relay – Bronze Medal
Team: Andrei Secu (Coquitlam), Ethan Algra (Vernon), Ryan Elden (Quesnel)
Up Next: Thursday, Feb. 21 2019 - Women's Individual 10km and Men's Individual 12.5km. Race starts at 2pm.