Mammoth Biathlon 2014 VIPs
MARC-ANDRÉ BÉDARD is a member of the Canadian National Biathlon Team. He was honored by representing Canada during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He has done several World Cup Races and many IBU Cups all over the world. Marc-André also holds a couple Canadian National Titles. He enjoys training and racing at events like Spartan Races, winter triathlons, and X-C skiing.
BRIT COGAN is studying to be a Physician’s Assistant in Maine. She misses living and playing in the Eastern Sierra and is now living as a flatlander at a whopping elevation of 63 feet! Brit really enjoys biathlon, both winter and summer, and is currently the reigning 2012 Summer National Biathlon Champion. Last year, skiing in the Elite class, Brit took the best shot award and the Bronze medal! Although she claims that Pop Tarts are no longer part of her training regimen, she did confess to having one this week!
SIENNA ELLINGSON is from Minnetonka, Minnesota. She started cross country skiing 4 years ago and biathlon 3 years ago. Earlier this winter she competed in her first Youth and Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, ME.
MICHAEL GIBSON is originally from Stowe, Vermont. He has been Nordic ski racing since he was 8 years old, and focusing on biathlon for the last 6 years. He completed his BS in mechanical engineering from UVM, and is currently a full time athlete for the Craftsbury Green Racing Project.
CLAUDE GODBOUT is a member of the Canadian National Biathlon Team. She has raced in a couple of World Cup races and a ton of IBU Cups all over the world. She is the overall winner of the 2010-2011-2012 and 2013 Noram Circuit. She just won, for the first time, a gold medal in the Canadian Biathlon Nationals! Claude is a lover of sport. She enjoys training and racing at different events like the Spartan Races, winter triathlons, and X-C skiing. All while studying to get her degree in administration!
MADDIE PHANEUF is from Old Forge, New York and started biathlon 3 years ago. She’s been Nordic skiing for 10 years and is currently training in Fort Kent, Maine with the Maine Winter Sports Center. Maddie is a member of the Junior World Biathlon Team and competed in Presque Isle, Maine earlier in March.
CASEY SMITH is the Mammoth Biathlon Defending Champion. He is 22 years old and was born and raised in Winthrop, Washington. He started skiing about as soon as he could walk, first on downhill skis and then moved to cross country. Throughout junior high and high school he raced mostly cross country but a little biathlon. In 2010 he became more serious about biathlon when he competed at his first Junior World Championships. For the last three seasons he has been attending Montana State University in the fall and racing biathlon in the winter. He is currently training in Fort Kent Maine with the Maine Winter Sports Center. In the future he hopes to compete on the World Cup Circuit and in the Olympics.
2013 VIP ATHLETES
RALEIGH GOESSLING has enjoyed being outside in the snow since he was a little kid. Raleigh was introduced to biathlon at the age of 12 and immediately fell in love with the sport. After pursing Biathlon through high school in Northern Minnesota, Raleigh moved to Fort Kent, Maine to train with the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County. Raleigh is a 5x World Junior Championship team member and a 3x US Senior National Champion. Raleigh has enjoyed two previous trips to Mammoth Lakes for the Winter Biathlon, and is looking forward to another great event.
KATRINA HOWE started skiing in 8th grade, raced through high school, and skied for the University of Vermont (competing twice at NCAAs). She started learning to shoot during the end of her junior season at UVM. After graduating from UVM she was recruited to the US Biathlon Development Team (program has since been dissolved). She is now a member of the MWSC Olympic Development Biathlon Team and trains at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County. Last season (2011-12), she finished 2nd overall on the North American Cup circuit, including 10 podium finishes. This season she won all four NorAm races she entered, finished 2nd twice and 3rd once at US IBU Cup trials in December. She raced for the US on the IBU Cup in Estonia and Russia in January.
MARK JOHNSON started skiing before learning to walk. Since beginning biathlon at age 12, he has competed in multiple international competitions, lived and trained in Norway, and skied competitively in the NCAA Eastern Collegiate Division. To his resume are five Junior World Championship and two Under 26 World Championship events in which he achieved several results in the top 20 and one top 10. More recently, he became the North American Biathlon Champion in 2012 and is currently established as a top contender on the NorAm circuit. In addition to biathlon Mark is an elite wave skier in the American Birkebeiner, the worlds third largest ski race, and finished 34th in the 2013 event. Outside of sport, Mark is a graduate of Williams College (chemistry; cum laude), an active ski coach, and native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.