6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Here are six junior athletes to watch in the New Year.  One day they might become senior IBU World Champions; five of them are already IBU Youth/Junior World Champions.

Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent, France

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Age: 19

Born in: Pontarlier

World Champion titles: Youth individual competition, 2016/17

Laurent has been in the IBU Junior Cup for three seasons, and has delivered solid results each season. In her first-ever IBU YJWCH at Cheile Gradistei in 2016, she was in top 10 in every competition. That very same season Laurent competed n the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, finishing in the top five in each competition while wining Bronze in the pursuit. Her first-ever win was at the 2017 IBU YJWCH in Brenzo-Osrblie where she became World Champion in the individual competition, also wining a pursuit Silver medal.

This season, Laurent is again performing well in the IBU Junior Cup; after four competitions she has two podiums and is definitely hungry for more medals at the upcoming IBU YJWCH in Otepää.

Marina Sauter, Germany

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

(Marina Sauter on the top of the podium beside, Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent and Sophia Schneider)

Age: 20

Born in: Dilingen

World Champion titles: 2016 Youth Individual 

Marina Sauter is the current leader of the IBU Junior Cup Total Score with her outstanding performances and consistency in the four competitions so far. Her results this season are: 1st,, 2nd, 4th, and 5th place and only two missed targets on the shooting range.

Sauter's  won her World Championship title at Cheile Gradistei in 2016 in the Individual competition. Despite a successful 2015-16 season, the 2016-17 season was forgettable with her best result an 11th place.

With her current shape, Sauter is one of the hottest candidates to take the Total Score Crystal Globe this season.

Irene Lardchneider, Italy

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Age: 19

Born in: Bressanonne

World Champion titles: 2017 Youth Sprint and Pursuit 

Lardchneider competed in the IBU Junior Cup series for the first time at the 2016 LIllehammer Youth Olympic Games where she won a mixed relay Bronze medal. From there her career has only gone one direction: up. last season she won two Gold medals at the IBU YJWCH in Brenzo-Orsblie in the sprint and pursuit and   Bronze in the relay.

This season Lardschneider has delivered good results. She is inconsistent on the shooting range, but a fast skier and a athlete definitely to count in for the medal battle in the upcoming competitions.

Hugo Rivail, France

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Age: 20

Born in: Albertville

IBU Junior Cup podiums: 4

Rivail made his first appearance in the IBU Junior Cup in the 2016-17 season where he had two podiums: third place in IBU Junior Cup 1 at Lenzerheide in the sprint and a Silver medal in the mixed relay at IBU Junior Cup 3 in Pokljuka, Rivail also had several other good results throughout the season.

This season he is currently the leader in the Junior Cup Total Score after a Gold and Silver medal at IBU Junior Cup 1 in Obertilliach. Rivail is a great skier, but inconsistent on the shooting range. Regardless he is a strong athlete to watch out for this season.

Igor Malinovskii, Russia

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Age: 20

Born in: Selo Milkovo (Omsk)

World Champion tittles: Sprint x2, pursuit, relay 2015/16 and 2016/17

Malinovskii is one of the most titled junior athletes, at his first IBU YJWCH in 2016 at Cheile Gradistei,, Malinovskii won the sprint and added two Silver medals in the pursuit and relay. Last season the Russian won several medals in the  IBU Junior Cup, ending the season with three Gold medals at the IBU YJWCH,  defending his sprint title from the previous year, following the sprint win with pursuit and relay Gold medals.

Coming into this season the Russian looked promising at the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in Chaykovskiy where he won two Gold and one Silver medal.  Despite struggling with back problems at the start of the season Malinovskii has two top six results this season. And is to be counted as a big favorite in his final IBU YJWCH this winter.

Emilien Claude, France

6 Junior Athletes To Watch In The New Year

Age: 18

Born in: Gerardmer

Word Champion titles:2016 Youth sprint and pursuit

Despite Claude's youth, he is one of the most recognized faces in the IBU Junior Cup ever since the 2015-16 season when he was 16 years old, showing promising results. He won sprint Gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, adding three other fourth places in that YOG. The 2016-17 season was up and down for the French athlete, until the IBU YJWCH where he arose to the challenge, winning Gold medals in the youth sprint and pursuit.

This season Claude has shown fantastic results in the first stage of the IBU Junior Cup with 1st and 2nd in the two competitions so far. Claude did not start in the second stage of the IBU Junior Cup in Ridnaun due to illness, but he is sure to triumph in the future.