Athletes

Team Roster

Ana Groeneveld

Age: 14

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Home Province: Alberta

Hometown: Cochrane

Current residence: Cochrane, Alberta

Current training group: Junior

Sponsors: none… Yet

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

It is more unique and more complicated than other also you get a gun so it’s kind of the obvious winner.

How did you end up in CBR?

So my neighbor had introduced my brother to it a few years ago and I also decided to do it and I turned out to really enjoy it.

What is your least favorite training activity?

My least favorite part of training would have to be pretty much anything with hills.

What training activity you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy the camps and team dinners after races.

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

Zendaya for sure. She is so strong and inspiring.

What are your most notable achievements?

My gold medal race in Grand Prairie.

What are your athletic aspirations?

I hope to someday go to nationals.

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

I would probably be doing track or basketball? I’m not even sure.

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

I enjoy reading and writing and playing with my dogs.

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

Well usually my interesting fact is that I do biathlon but I’m sure you already knew that.

Will Groeneveld

Age: 15

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Home Province: Alberta

Hometown: Cochrane

Current residence: Cochrane, Alberta

Current training group: Senior HP

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

How did you end up in CBR?

What is your least favorite training activity?

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

What are your most notable achievements?

What are your athletic aspirations?

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Sponsors:

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

Gustavo Groeneveld

Age: 12

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Home Province: Alberta

Hometown: Cochrane

Current residence: Cochrane, Alberta

Current training group: Junior

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

How did you end up in CBR?

What is your least favorite training activity?

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

What are your most notable achievements?

What are your athletic aspirations?

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Sponsors:

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

Chad Berling

Age: 19

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Home Province: Alberta, Canada

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Current residence: Calgary, Alberta

Current training group: 3P (Performance, Precision, Podium)

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

The combination of patience in the range and speed on the race course, where both must be executed well to succeed.

How did you end up in CBR?

Part of the group of founding members.

What is your least favorite training activity?

Circuit strength mixed with running with ski poles.

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Going somewhere new or trying a new activity, like a new place to bike or a new activity like paintball.

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

Both of my coaches, who help motivate and push us every single day, while keeping things positive.

What are your most notable achievements?

Making Team Canada for Junior Cup and getting 53rd out of 112 in a Sprint race in Italy.

What are your athletic aspirations?

Go to Junior World Championships and make the World Cup team, and eventually Canadian Olympic team.

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

An outdoor sport, probably involving running or biking.

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Art, photography, architecture.

Sponsors: Dr. Crowe (Downtown Vision Care), Salomon, Helly Hansen, Dr. Tomitoto (Gulf Canada Square Dental)

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

I have a brown belt in karate.

Calista Burke

Age: 18

Birthplace: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Home Province: Northwest Territories

Hometown: Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Current residence: Cochrane, Alberta

Current training group: Youth HP/3P

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

The challenge biathlon presents with the combination of two very different sports that require both physical and mental strength.

How did you end up in CBR?

I chose CBR because it is a smaller club that is biathlon focused.

What is your least favorite training activity?

Mountain biking.

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Hiking.

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

National Team member Brendan Green who is from Hay River, Northwest Territories.

What are your most notable achievements?

What are your athletic aspirations?

Just continuing to have fun with and grow in biathlon while going to school full time.

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

Soccer.

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Skiing/snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, photography.

Sponsors:

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

In biathlon I shoot left handed although I am right hand dominant.

Danika Burke

Age: 14

Birthplace: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Home Province: Northwest Territories

Hometown: Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Current residence: Cochrane, Alberta

Current training group: Junior HP

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

How did you end up in CBR?

What is your least favorite training activity?

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

What are your most notable achievements?

What are your athletic aspirations?

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Sponsors:

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

Adam Runnalls

Age: 19

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Home Province: Alberta

Hometown: Calgary

Current residence: Calgary

Current training group:  3P

 

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

Well there is a very long story that has a very simple answer. That answer is pretty much that I just thought why not give it a try I am a good skier and plus I’ll get to shoot a gun. (Music to the ears of a 11 year old boy) So here is the story. I was always a really small kid and kept getting beat up in sports like hockey and lacrosse. I had been a avid downhill skier my whole life before I joined biathlon and always had the dream of being a professional skier. ABC (Alberta Biathlon Club) always had a booth set up with a small air rifle range at the Calgary ski show. Me and my family went to this show most years and I would always shoot at the ABC both. One year Airat and Gregg MacCulloch started a conversation with my parents and we decided that I would give it a try. The next day I registered in my first kinder cup, went to the store and bought my first pair a XC skis, boots, and poles. When I showed up to Canmore that night and put my xc skis on for the first time, I quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing, but man was it fun. And after that I began training with Airat in Biathlon Bears and well the rest is history.

 

How did you end up in CBR?

I ended up in CBR because of a lot of events that took place during a year training with foothills. I’ll spare the details but we wanted a serious training environment that was going to help push us to be better athletes. Providing us with full time coaches that put in the effort that would hopefully take us, a group of 13 year olds to the olympics one day. That was the idea behind CBR, training to be olympians from day 1.

 

What is your least favorite training activity?

I would have to say roller skiing with the tire.

 

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Mountain biking in the summer and long distance/adventure skis in the winter.

 

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

My coach is definitely an inspiration for me. He has believed in me since day 1 and always put the effort into my training and preparations before I leave for major competitions. This effort that I see him put in makes me want to always try harder and put my best effort in, even when I want to do nothing with training. Another inspiration of mine is Johannes Thingnes Boe because of the effort he puts in and the go for it attitude where he has no fear. 

 

What are your most notable achievements?

5th place in the relay at 2016 youth world championships. Also consistent top 30 finishes at 2018 junior world championships. I have bet Petter Northug 2 times he has beat me once.

 

What are your athletic aspirations?

To one day represent Canada at the olympics and stand on a world cup podium.

 

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

I would probably be a downhill skier or a mountain bike racer.

 

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Food, film making, climbing, mountain biking, downhill skiing, anatomy, sports performance. 

 

Sponsors: Rossignol, Swix

 

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

I am probably the slowest eater you have ever seen

Christian Pazdan

Age: 17

Birthplace: Calgary

Home Province: Alberta, Canada

Hometown: Calgary AB, Canada

Current residence: Calgary AB

Current training group: 3P

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

It was a sport I had never heard of before the 2010 Olympic Games, and during those games, I remember thinking that biathlon was the most entertaining sport to watch, combining the physical demands of cross-country skiing, and the precision of shooting. Again, during the 2014 games, biathlon was my favourite sport to watch, and decided to finally give it a try.  Best decision of my life!  

How did you end up in CBR?

During the Canadian National Championships in Canmore Alberta, one of my roommates Chad was a member of CBR, and after talking to him quite a bit, the training and the structure of the club felt very sophisticated and built for high performance, and I decided to join the following season. 

 

What is your least favorite training activity?

Hiking is definitely my least favourite training activity, it’s just slow walking in the mountains.

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Long rollerskis in the summer.  By far the most enjoyable training activity. 

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

My dad is for sure one of my biggest role models.  Having been a professional alpine skier for Team Poland, and qualifying for the Calgary ’88 games but never getting the chance to race due to injury, I want to complete the family legacy.  Also seeing how hard he works to be able to support my training and racing always pushes me to try harder.  Another one of my role models would be Olympic great Ole Einar Bjørndalen.  Being the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, and seeing what he is able to do at 43 is incredible, and inspiring to see his dedication to the sport. 

What are your most notable achievements?

Double silver at the 2017 Canadian National Championships in the 7.5km Individual as well as the 3X6km relay for Senior.  

What are your athletic aspirations?

Representing Canada on the World Cup, as well as at the Olympic Games for 2026, which will hopefully be held in Calgary.

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

Road biking is my 3rd favourite sport behind biathlon and cross-country skiing, so I think I’d be a cyclist.

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

Traveling to new places and learning about other culture, as well as hanging out with friends.

Sponsors: KV+, Rossignol

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

I never feel like I’m doing enough to be the best I can be.

Finn Berg

Age: 16

Birthplace: Calgary

Home Province: Alberta, Canada

Hometown: Calgary AB, Canada

Current residence: Calgary AB

Current training group: Youth HP

Why did you pick biathlon over other sports?

I thought it was sure interesting and unique compared to other sports.

How did you end up in CBR?

I was a part of biathlon bears in foothills when I was invited to join the group.

 

What is your least favorite training activity?

Probably video analysis.

What training activity you enjoy the most?

Definitely the games we play on the daily basis.

Did you or do you have a role model (does not have to be a biathlete, or an athlete for that matter) who inspires you as an athlete or individual?

Yes, my role model was my aunt who competed in the Olympics twice for biathlon.

What are your most notable achievements?

In 2017 I came second in the national championships.

What are your athletic aspirations?

Attending the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland.

If you weren’t a biathlete what other sport would you be doing?

Probably either hockey or freestyle downhill skiing.

What are your interests outside of biathlon?

I enjoy to downhill ski, mountain bike, and road bike in my free time. Also I love doing homework and reading long books!

Sponsors:

An interesting fact most people don’t know about you?

I can put both of my feet behind my head at the same time!

 

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