CANMORE, Alberta – Fort Kent native Grace Boutot became the first U.S. youth woman to medal at the World Junior/Youth Biathlon Championships when she finished second in the 10-kilometer youth individual race Thursday.
It was also the first time a Maine native brought through the Maine Winter Sports Center club team has won a medal in either the youth or junior levels. Twin sisters Tracy and Lanny Barnes, who trained with the MWSC but grew up in Colorado, medaled at the junior level.
“My goal was to get a top 10 finish here, and I certainly achieved that,” Boutot said in an interview posted on the International Biathlon Union Web site. “I have overachieved.”
Boutot finished 1 minute, 3 seconds behind winner Yan Zhang of China, and hit 19 of 20 targets. Her only miss, according to coach Gary Colliander, came when Boutot accidentally fired her first shot from the prone position into the dirt. Zhang completed the course in 35:13.7.
Boutot is a senior at Community High School in Fort Kent. She placed second in last fall’s high school state Class C cross country running championships.