Rousseau at National Championships

Rousseau at National Championships
Thessalon teen, Shilo Rousseau, traveled to Jasper National Park earlier this month to compete in the 2015 National Biathlon Championships in Hinton, Alberta.

It was Shilo’s first time competing at the National Championships, and unfortunately the warm chinook winds caused problems for her shooting in the sprint race.

 Shilo’s second race was a pursuit, which means she had to start 17th, in the position she finished in the previous sprint race, and chase down the first place girl. In this racing format the competitors are started at 5 second intervals, meaning Shilo was starting 1.25 minutes after the first racer and had to try and make up that time. 

Shilo had an excellent race, posting the 6th best time, which allowed her to move into 9th place overall. These are encouraging results, considering Shilo was competing with the best 16 year old in Canada and she still had two more years left competing in this division.

Shilo Rousseau at National Biathlon Championship
Shilo Rousseau at National Biathlon Championship
Hinton, Alberta

After completing the pursuit race on Thursday afternoon, March 12, the Rousseau family headed back to Thunder Bay, Ontario to compete in the Nationals for cross country skiing.

 Shilo's first race was a 5 km free technique with an interval start. That means competitors start every 30 seconds and the order of the start list has been drawn. 

Shilo was having a great race, and at the 3.5km point was in second place when bad luck struck. She had a bad fall on a tricky downhill, where she lost a lot of precious time. Having a hard time getting up after the fall, she finished 38th out of 70 girls.

Shilo racing in National Cross Country Ski Championship
Shilo racing in National Cross Country Ski Championship
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Shilo placed 38th and 25th in her classic technique races.  The final race for nationals was held on Saturday March 21. It was a mass start, 7.5km, free technique, in which Shilo started from the 36th position. Off to a safe, fast start, she was able to work her way up the field, which is no easy task through trails congested with skiers.

Shilo pulled of an amazing finish for her final race of the season finishing in 13th position, the best Ontario result for girls in her age group. That brought the racing season to an end, so Shilo can now take time off to rest and catch up on her school work.

Training will resume in May to prepare for next racing season. The 2016 Biathlon National Championships will be held in Quebec City and the National Championships for cross country skiing will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon.