Macx Davies

2013 Ju­nior Cham­pion in Sprint, Pur­suit and Mass-start

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Chris Hat­ton

Af­ter four years with Biathlon Canada, Macx Davies, 26, has de­cided to re­tire from com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an ac­com­plished ca­reer in the sport. The Can­more, Alta. na­tive has ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional suc­cess at mul­ti­ple IBU Events, World Cups and World Cham­pi­onships alike. The self-pro­claimed “ter­ri­ble shot” re­lied on his ski­ing speed and agility as a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, ac­cord­ing to his bio on the Cana­dian Olympic Team web­site.

His early en­roll­ment in the Jack Rab­bits Nordic ski pro­gram at the Can­more Nordic Ski Club be­gan his train­ing at a young age, and he later moved to the Biathlon Al­berta Train­ing Cen­tre in 2011 to fur­ther de­velop his ca­reer. Within the next two sea­sons, Davies be­came the 2013 Cana­dian and North Amer­i­can ju­nior cham­pion in sprint, Pur­suit and Mass-start com­pe­ti­tion, as well as fin­ish­ing eighth in the 15km In­di­vid­ual event at the 2013 Ju­nior Biathlon World Cham­pi­onships.

A strong 2015/2016 sea­son saw Davies’ re­sults high­lighted by a 10th­place re­sult in the sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oester­sund, Swe­den and a 15th-place fin­ish in the sprint at the IBU Cup in Ober­tilli­ach, Aus­tria.

Dur­ing 2016/2017, he strug­gled to main­tain suc­cess through­out the sea­son, and ques­tioned his con­tin­u­a­tion in the sport. Af­ter re­mov­ing him­self from com­pe­ti­tion for a month and a half, he came back strong with an Olympic de­but at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games as a mem­ber of Biathlon Canada’s 4x7.5km re­lay team.

With an 11th-place fin­ish at the event, this was one of the ma­jor high­lights of his ca­reer and a high note on which to end. Davies an­nounced he was step­ping away from the com­pet­i­tive scene per­ma­nently to pur­sue a de­gree at Athabasca Univer­sity, while con­tin­u­ing to coach at the Can­more Nordic Ski Club.

Macx Davies' ca­reer is high­lighted by a 10th-place re­sult in the sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oester­sund.

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