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Europa Cup Roundup: Currier 10th in Junior Sprint

Fri, Feb  16, 2007 - By US Biathlon Association

Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, February 15. Russell Currier (Stockholm, ME) placed 10th in the Junior Men’s 10K Sprint on Tuesday, the first of three Europa Cup competitions held here this week.

Currier, who trains at the Maine Winter Sports Center, had two penalties, finishing 2:27 behind Sven Grossegger of Austria. This was Currier’s second top 10 this year in a Europa Cup Sprint. Earlier in the season, Currier also finished 3rd place in the Sprint at San Sicario, Italy.

Also on Tuesday, Erin Graham (Jericho, VT) was 13th in the Women’s 7.5K Sprint. The National Guard athlete had two penalties, finishing 3:35.9 behind Sonya Erasmus of Canada. Close behind Graham was Haley Johnson (Lake Placid, NY), also from the Maine Winter Sports Center in 15th place, 3:56.2 back with two penalties.

On Wednesday, Wynn Roberts (Brainerd, MN) finished 16th in the Junior 10K Sprint, with two penalties, 2:27.6 back. Johnson was again 15th in the Women’s Sprint, 3;04.3 back with two penalties, while Beth Ann Chamberlain (Duluth, MN) was 16th, 3:12 back with three penalties.

The Nove Mesto Europa Cup closed today with Pursuit competitions. Roberts placed 12th in the Junior 12.5K Pursuit, with 10 penalties, 8:18.9 back.

In the Women’s 10K Pursuit, the three US women finished 13th, 14th, and 15th,respecttively. Chamberlain was again the top US woman, with 10 penalties, 8:52.9 back, followed by Graham, with seven penalties, 9:09.5 back and Johnson, also with 10 penalties, 9:59.5 back.

Today’s competitions end this portion of the Europa cup season for the US Biathletes.

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