Two Career Top-10 Finishes
After being named one of the top performers on Biathlon Canada’s World Cup team, Julia Ransom, 25, made the difficult decision to retire after a relatively short but successful career. Beginning in her youth, the Kelowna, B.C. native was on skis with the aid of her parents, and made her first appearance on the biathlon scene at the age of 12. In 2011, she made the move to Canmore, Alta. to focus her efforts on training and competing in the sport.
With the guidance of solid coaching at the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre, she achieved multiple top-10 international results within the next year, highlighted by a silver medal in the Pursuit and a fifth place in the sprint at the Junior Biathlon World Championships in 2012.
Jumping to her debut with the National team in 2015, she played an important role in helping the women’s relay team achieve a 10th-place finish at the Biathlon World Championships in Finland, followed by a 20th-place in Individual and 11th place in the Mixed relay at the 2016 Biathlon Worlds in Norway.
Ransom had a breakthrough ninth-place result with perfect shooting, her first top-10 finish, in the women’s 15km at the IBU World Cup 2017/18 season kick-off in Ostersund, Sweden on Nov. 29. She matched that effort with clean shooting again in the women’s 7.5km sprint at Oberhof, Germany in January 2018.
The pinnacle of her career came with her Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018, highlighted by a 10th-place result in 4x6km relay and a 12th in the Mixed relay.
Following the Games, she wrote on Instagram: “What an incredible last couple of weeks! It was an honour to have been able to represent my home, family, sport and country at the Olympics this year. A massive thank you to everybody that cheered, supported and believed in my dream. I am forever grateful to you.”
She aims to pursue other interests such as mountain biking and backcountry skiing while she finishes her degree at Alberta’s Athabasca University.
A Junior Biathlon Worlds silver medalist, Julie Ransom earned two top-10 results during her successful career.