Local biathlon stars heading back to World Championships
Helen Wilson and Grace Gilliland are going back to Europe.
The local biathlon stars will represent the United States at the World Biathlon Championships in Otepaa, Estonia in February after stellar performances at the U.S. Youth/Junion Team Trials Dec. 28-29 in Coleraine, Minnesota.
Wilson, 16, won the combined youth/junior women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint race on Dec. 28 and finished second in the 6-kilometer sprint race Dec. 29. Gilliland, 18, was sixth overall on Dec. 28 and third on Dec. 29.
Chugiak’s Gilliland skis for South High, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Club and the Anchorage Biathlon Club; Wilson, of Eagle River, races for Eagle River High, Alaska Nordic Racing and the Anchorage Biathlon Club. Both competed in the world championships last year in Slovakia.
Also named to the women’s youth team were California’s Lexie Madigan and Minnesota’s Emma Stertz.