Eagle River biathlon star makes third World Championships

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 13:25

Helen Wilson travels the world more than James Bond. She’s probably a better shot, too.

Later this month, the Eagle River 17-year-old will visit the famed biathlon venue in Osrblie, Slovakia for the second time as a member of the Team USA biathlon squad that will compete at the Youth and World Championships Jan. 27 through Feb. 3.

Wilson was named to the four-member Youth Women’s team, which was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee. She’ll be joined by two other Alaskans on Team USA: Anchorage’s Maja Lapkass, a 16-year-old West High/APU skier on the Junior Women’s team and Anchorage’s Maxime Germain, a 17-year-old who also skis for West and APU.

Wilson made the team based on her performances at the U.S. Biathlon Youth/Jr. World Championships & IBU Cup Team Trials in Soldier Hollow, Utah, where she finished second in the Youth Women’s rankings after placing second in the 10-kilometer pursuit and fourth in a pair of 7.5-kilometer sprint races.

This will be Wilson’s third trip to the World Championships and second trip to Osrblie. In 2017 she was 62nd in the individual race and 67th in the sprint. In 2018 she finished 74th in the individual race and 72nd in spring at the World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia.

Wiilson skis for Eagle River High School and the Eagle River-based Alaska Nordic Racing club team as well as the Anchorage Biathlon Club. She’s also competed in Greenland for Team USA at the Arctic Winter Games, has taken part in an exchange program to Sweden and competed at the NorAm Cup in Canada.

Wilson plans to ski for the University of Alaska Anchorage next season.

According to her biography on the Team USA website, the globe-trotting biathlete hopes to someday put her unique set of skills to use. In the “Personal” section, Wilson was asked what she’d do if she wasn’t an athlete. Her answer?

“Be a top secret CIA agent.”

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