US Biathlon Nationals- West Yellowstone, MT

Hello from West Yellowstone, Montana.  Sorry about the lack of bloging the last few months. Life kinda spun out of control.  Anyhow, do to lack of snow many of the races I planed to do this winter got postponed or canceled. As a result of our poor snow year I have only raced twice since the beginning of January.  One race being the 10th Mountain Biathlon at Auburn Ski Club, I fell on the second lap breaking my pole and fell again on the start of the third lap broke my binding. Luckily, I had a warm up ski in the stadium to replace the broken binding ski and Glenn provided me with a spare pole when I came into the range. With all that drama, I still finished second behind Jordan McElroy.  Besides racing very little I’ve had lots of time to get some good training when usually I spend my time racing and recovering. After Nationals I plan on racing the Mammoth Biathlon, Tahoe Rim Tour, and the Billy Dutton Uphill.

We have solid California representation currently at US Biathlon Nationals.   Glenn Jobe is coaching Britt from Mammoth, Sam Zabell from Truckee, Rick Eckert from Reno and myself.  Jordan McElroy from Truckee is participating in a USBA junior camp and is being coached by USBA.  Also, Ted Hulbert from Palo Alto is competing this week in West.  Today was the sprint competition; overall the shooting was our weak link especially standing.

Far West Placing in age group:

Phillip Violett-5th 7misses

Britt Cogan-5th 7 misses

Jordan McElroy- 6th 6 misses

Sam Zabell- 11th 8 misses

Ted Hulbert- 6th 4 misses

Rick Eckert-10th 9 misses

Hope the rain at home turn to snow.  Good luck to those who participate this weekend in the rescheduled Snowshoe Thompson at ASC.

About Phillip Violett

2004 Graduate of Sugar Bowl Academy. Raced in 6 Junior National Championships (7 X All-American). 2003 represented the US Ski Team in the J1 Scandinavian Cup race series in Sweden. Spent the 2000 & 2004 summer’s training and racing at the Snow Farm in New Zealand. 2009 Graduate of Northern Michigan University. 2010 season competed as Senior member of Team Far West switching my focus from cross-country skiing racing to biathlon! During the 2011 season I focused only on biathlon, competing in 18 races with some respectable results. Currently, I’m racing for Auburn Ski Club and Far West Farm Team, focusing on the NorAm Biathlon race series attempting to qualify for the USBA team.