POSTED: Saturday January 23rd 2010

Canada's Zina Kocher Rebounds into Top-15 at Biathlon World Cup

Biathlon World Cup - Antholz, Italy

ANTHOLZ, Ita.—Canada’s Zina Kocher overcame a stumble in her second lap to finish 15th in a World Cup sprint competition in Antholz, Italy on Friday.

The 27-year-old combined strong skiing with a nearly perfect day on the range where she missed just one shot to clock a time of 21:34.3.

“I was extremely frustrated with my shooting performance in the individual competition, and was very focused on turning it around today,” said Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta. “I have really been able to take what I accomplish in training and let it happen with confidence in a race.”

Kocher’s trip on the second lap going into the final uphill before the range, which cost her nearly 20 seconds, and a spot in the top-10.

“That was extremely frustrating as it was completely out of my control, and cost me a lot of time,” said Kocher. “But, I am satisfied that I regained my composure and focus for the standing and cleaned this bout.”

The sprint event consists of athletes racing three times around the 3.3-kilometre track. Athletes enter the shooting range for set of shots in the prone position, then one set standing before the final sprint to the finish. Athletes must ski a 150-metre penalty loop immediately after shooting if they miss a target.

Germany’s Magdalena Neuner won the gold medal with a time of 20:19.7.

Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., was 44h at 22:51.0, while Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., was 69th (23:43.3), and Melanie Schultz, Camrose, Alta., finished 98th (25:43.6).

Biathlon Canada, the governing body for biathlon in the country, oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and the North American Cups held in Canada. The organization’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit their Web site at

Complete Results and Live Race Action Can Be Viewed at

Women’s Top-Five Results:

1. Magdalena Neuner, GER, (0+1), 20:19.7; 2. Andrea Henkel, GER, (0+0), 20:32.9; 3. Sandrine Bailley, FRA, (0+0), 20:48.3; 4. Ann Kristin Aefedt Flatland, NOR, (0+1), 21:03.9; 5. Tina Bachmann, GER, (0+2), 21:05.2.

Canadian Results:

15. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+0), 21:34.3; 44. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., (1+1), 22:51.0; 69. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (2+1), 23:43.3; 98. Melanie Schultz, Camrose, Alta., (3+1), 25:43.6.

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