Ju­lia Ran­som

Two Ca­reer Top-10 Fin­ishes

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Chris Hat­ton

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.

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