The Victorian Rollerski Championships were held at Lake Mountain on Sunday 11 May 2014. Pictured at the start area is the 10 km distance group, a second group started at 4 km from the top of Lake Mountain, VIC. There were wet conditions everywhere, it was foggy at the top, but spirits were not dampened! Events were organised and run by Andrew Paul of Lake Mountain Management, Australia’s first Winter Olympic Games biathlete (Sarajevo, 1984). The event was followed by a laser biathlon demonstration – indoors 🙂
Several biathletes competed in the Victorian Rollerski Championships at Lake Mountain yesterday, with participants maintaining their sense of humour, despite the wet conditions. Race results below, winners were Nick Montgomery (Men) and Casey Wright (Women), both members of the Australian Cross Country Ski Team. A laser biathlon demonstration was held afterwards, with several of the race participants having a go for the first time, including several members of the Victorian Cross Country Ski Squad – and their parents 🙂 The day was arranged by Australia’s first-ever biathlete, Andrew Paul, who manages events at Lake Mountain. Participating also was his wife and fellow Olympian Sandra Paul.
Victorian Rollerski/Skike Championships
11th May 2014
1st 30 Meg Watkins female Skate JNR 26:53
2nd 31 Georgia Pescod female Classic JNR 28:32
2nd 35 Hannah Price female Classic JNR 28:32
4th 37 Joyce Chung female Skate JNR 29:52
5th 29 Brianna Oldis female Classic JNR 29:52
5th 34 Tori Adams female Skate JNR 33:51
6th 36 Stacy Chung female Classic JNR 34:23
7th 28 Aliena Oldis female Classic JNR 35:53
8th 33 Kate Priest female Skike Open 36:54
9th 32 Adam Barnett male Skate JNR 39:15
10th 38 Ellen Lim female Skate JNR 40:47
11th 39 Imogene Creati female Classic JNR 41:58
|Place||Bib #||Racer name||Category||Gender||Finish time||[Difference \/]|
|1||84||Nick Montgomery Skate||Open||M||37:41.1||–|
|2||70||Kevin Tory Skike||Masters||M||43:36.3||+5:55.2|
|3||86||Jon Spring Skike||Masters||M||45:43.0||+8:01.9|
|4||71||Grigorii Kazantcev Skate||Open||M||46:20.6||+8:39.5|
|5||83||Jean Claude Legras Skate||Open||M||46:31.0||+8:49.9|
|6||82||Casey Wright Classic||Open||F||48:02.8||+10:21.7|
|7||88||Hugh Pollard Classic||Junior||M||48:10.6||+10:29.5|
|8||72||Abe Wright Classic||Junior||M||48:48.5||+11:07.4|
|9||59||Michael Lillycrapp Skike||Masters||M||49:36.5||+11:55.4|
|10||60||Alan Eason Skate||Open||M||50:18.0||+12:36.9|
|11||68||Seve De Campo Skate||Junior||M||52:18.0||+14:36.9|
|12||87||Matthew French Skike||Open||M||52:22.2||+14:41.1|
|13||81||Lachlan Thomas Classic||Open||M||52:36.1||+14:55.0|
|14||47||Katerina Paul Classic||Junior||F||54:33.8||+16:52.7|
|15||46||David Hood Skate||Open||M||55:07.3||+17:26.2|
|16||89||Emma Pollard Classic||Junior||F||56:55.0||+19:13.9|
|17||62||Peter Luscombe Skike||Masters||M||57:04.1||+19:23.0|
|18||79||Dion Richardson Blades||Open||M||57:38.5||+19:57.4|
|19||78||Jeremy Flanagan Classic||Open||M||57:52.0||+20:10.9|
|20||75||Oliver Adams Skate||Junior||M||58:51.1||+21:10.0|
|21||67||Len Budge Skike||Masters||M||59:11.3||+21:30.2|
|22||61||Denis Pesavento Skike||Masters||M||59:33.7||+21:52.6|
|23||73||Max Lowman Classic||Junior||M||61:51.5||+24:10.4|
|24||69||Robert Cato Smith Classic||Open||M||62:10.1||+24:29.0|
|25||85||Nicholas Thoms Skate||Open||M||65:27.4||+27:46.3|
|26||80||Scott Anderson Skike||Open||M||65:59.4||+28:18.3|
|27||74||Tom Hoogenraad Skate||Junior||M||69:24.7||+31:43.6|
|28||77||Katrina Bendtsen Classic||Open||F||71:18.0||+33:36.9|
|29||90||Veronique Price Classic||Junior||F||71:18.0||+33:37.6|
|30||76||Ella Jackson Classic||Junior||F||71:18.0||+33:40.0|
|31||63||Richard Adams Skike||Masters||M||78:09.8||+40:28.7|
|32||64||Mick Creati Skike||Masters||M||82:56.6||+45:15.5|
|33||66||Sandra Paul Skate||Masters||F||84:20.6||+46:39.5|
Alex Almoukov has pulled off the best ever performance by a male Australian biathlete after finishing 45th in the 20km Individual on Thursday evening (local time).
Almoukov bettered the 47th place finish by Andrew Paul at the 1984 Sarajevo Games in the same event after finishing in a time of 54:35.40, just over five minutes behind Gold medal winner Martin Fourcade of France.
It could have been even better for the 23-year-old who shot clear through the first three rounds before missing two of his shots in the last shooting stage.
“Today was definitely a better race for me,” Almoukov said.
“I’m satisfied with how I went. I started off really well and my skis felt really quick through the snow.
“I had three clear shooting stages and then two of my last standing which is disappointing but I’m happy with my result.”
30 years on from Paul’s success in what was Australia’s first venture into Biathlon at the Winter Games, the Russian-born Aussie was proud to have written his name in the history books.
“That’s great that I got that (the record).
“I’m so happy that I got in the top fifty today. With two penalties and a top fifty, it is a really good result for me.”
The magnitude of Almoukov’s result was amplified by the fact that the Australian led Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the equal most successful Winter Olympian, through the first three shooting rounds.
“It’s pretty cool to have been beating him (Bjoerndalen) at the start of the race.
“But anything can happen in a Biathlon race – you can be beating World Champions and then lose it in a second.”
Almoukov’s tactics of selecting to start in the first group of athletes paid off after the snow continued to get softer. But despite being out of the gates sixth the course still had its challenges for the young gun.
“The conditions out on the course were really tough and my legs felt a little bit weak so it was really hard to stabilise yourself when shooting.
“I knew it was going to be tough on the last standing (shooting) stage and I tried to focus but I missed the first and the last shot.”
At only 23, compared to Bjoerndalen’s 40, Almoukov knows that there are plenty more Olympic Games ahead.
“I can’t wait for the next four years. The Olympics are a great experience.
“Each year you are improving and working towards this one event and I’m really excited to push myself to the limits for the next four years and then see what happens.”
Almoukov, who is coached by his father Nick, has made big improvements since his Olympic debut as a 19-year-old at Vancouver 2010. In the same event in 2010 he finished 78th.
With Almoukov’s competition now complete he is looking forward to taking in everything Sochi has to offer.
“I can now enjoy the Olympic experience I guess.
“I’m really happy how I’ve done and now I am going to see other events and support my teammates.”
Matthew Bartolo | sochi2014.olympics.com.au