Justine Braisaz

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Justine Braisaz
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Personal information
Born (1996-07-04) 4 July 1996 (age 22)
Albertville, France
Professional information
SportBiathlon
ClubLes Saisie
World Cup debut12 December 2014
Olympic Games
Teams1 – (2018)
Medals1
World Championships
Teams3 (2015, 2016, 2017)
Medals3 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons3 (2014/15–)
All races65
Individual victories1
All victories2
Individual podiums6
All podiums10

Justine Braisaz (born 4 July 1996) is a French biathlete. She competed in the 2016/17 World Cup season, and represented France at the Biathlon World Championships 2017 in Hochfilzen.

Biography[edit]

Justine Braisaz began her biathlon career at the Saisies Sports Club. She quickly moved to the Nordic section in order to practice cross-country skiing and biathlon. During the 2011/2012 season, in the Cadette U16 category, she won the French Championship of cross-country skiing and the French Championship of Biathlon, in part thanks to her speed on skis. She moved to Biathlon fully in the following year representing the Junior category (U19).

During the 2012/2013 season, the first year in this category, Justine Braisaz was selected for the 2013 Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria. She finished 46th in the individual race and 71st in the sprint.

The following year, she was promoted to the highest class at the Junior World Championships in Presque Isle (USA). She finished the individual race ranked 29th, 5th place in the sprint and 15th in pursuit. In the relay she placed 6th with partners Coline Varcin and Chloé Chevalier.

In the same year (2012/2013), she participated in the European Championships held in Nové Město, Czech Republic. She ranked 12th in the individual race, 18th in the sprint, 14th in the pursuit and 8th in the mixed relay with Chloé Chevalier, Dany Chavoutier and Clément Dumont. At the French Championships held in Prémanon in December 2013, she won two French Champion titles (Sprint and Pursuit). In March, she managed to climb into second place of the Mass Start behind Julie Cardon during the French Biathlon Championships. Her progress was of such a magnitude that she managed to earn her place to compete with the best French biathletes in the summer events of the Biathlon Summer Tour.

For the 2014/2015 season, she joined the French Youth / Junior Biathlon Team. In the first stage of the 2014/2015 season of the IBU Cup in Beitostølen, Norway, Justine Braisaz took her first podium finish with a second place in the second sprint. The day before, she finished 10th in the sprint event. This was her first international podium and as a result, she was selected for the Biathlon World Cup.

Justine Braisaz made her Biathlon World Cup debut on 12 December 2014 in Hochfilzen (2014/2015 season), Norway. She ranked 17th in the sprint, becoming the youngest athlete in the world top 20. The next day she placed 9th in the relay with her French teammates; Marine Bolliet, Enora Latuillière and Anaïs Bescond. A week later, she improved her best performance by finishing 14th in the Pokljuka sprint and managed to qualify for the Mass Start with the top 30 biathletes. She set a new record by becoming the youngest athlete lined up on a Mass Start at only 18 years and 5 months.

She earned her first podium her World Cup career in Oberhof, Germany, by achieving second place in the women's relay on 7 January 2015, with her teammates; Marine Bolliet, Marie Dorin-Habert and Anaïs Bescond. On March 13, 2015, at the 2015 World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, she won her first medal, silver, for the women's 4 x 6 km relay with Anaïs Bescond, Enora Latuillière and Marie Dorin-Habert. At the French Biathlon Championships in La Féclaz, she won the relay title with Julia Simon and Marine Bolliet. The following year, at the world championships in Oslo, Norway, she won another silver medal in the same event with Anaïs Bescond, Anaïs Chevalier and Marie Dorin-Habert. She also achieved her best result as an individual when she finished in 12th place in the Mass Start Competition. A week later, at the final round of the IBU World Cup season in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, she earned her first top 10 result with a 4th-place finish in the sprint event. She finished the season with a 10th-place finish in the pursuit event, which allowed her to finish her second world cup season in the 21st position overall.

At the 2016 Biathlon Championships in Méribel, France, she earned the title of French Champion by winning the Mass Start even in the U21 category. During the preseason 2016-2017, she won the sprint at the Norwegian Championships in Sjusjøen, Norway, ahead of Norway's Tiril Eckhoff and Ukraine's Julia Dzhyma. She won her first individual World Cup podium on December 9, 2016 at the Pokljuka (Slovenia) sprint, second event of the World Cup, finishing second by 3 seconds behind Germany's Laura Dahlmeier: she was only 20 years old.

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympics[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 55th 10th 34th 20th Bronze  —

World Championships[edit]

2 medals (0 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Finland 2015 Kontiolahti 34th 34th 35th Silver
Norway 2016 Oslo Holmenkollen 16th 25th 22nd 12th Silver
Austria 2017 Hochfilzen 48th 28th 5th 28th Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.

Junior/Youth World Championships[edit]

Event Class Individual Sprint Pursuit Relay
Austria 2013 Obertilliach Youth 46th 71st
United States 2014 Presque Isle Junior 29th 5th 15th 6th

World Cup[edit]

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
2014–15 13/25 114 51st 2/3 8 61st 8/10 85 39th 2/7 17 57th 1/5 4 51st
2015–16 21/25 372 21st 3/3 40 24th 9/9 168 17th 7/8 123 21st 2/5 41 31st
2016–17 25/26 706 6th 3/3 63 15th 9/9 281 5th 8/9 250 6th 5/5 112 15th
2017–18 15/22 419 17th 1/2 34 20th 6/8 163 13th 5/7 133 13th 3/5 89 20th

World Cup Highlights[edit]

2014–15 season:

Germany Oberhof, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Bolliet / Dorin Habert / Bescond)
Finland Kontiolahti, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Bescond / Latuillière / Dorin Habert)

2015–16 season:

Italy Antholz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st at team relay (with Bescond / Chevalier / Dorin Habert)
Norway Oslo, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Bescond / Chevalier / Dorin Habert)

2016–17 season:

Slovenia Pokljuka, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at sprint
Slovenia Pokljuka, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Chevalier / Aymonier / Dorin Habert)
Germany Ruhpolding, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Chevalier / Bescond / Aymonier)
Italy Antholz, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at team relay (with Chevalier / Bescond / Dorin Habert)
Austria Hochfilzen, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd at team relay (with Chevalier / Aymonier / Dorin Habert)
Norway Oslo, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at Sprint
Norway Oslo, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd at Pursuit

2017–18 season:

Sweden Östersund, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at Sprint
Sweden Östersund, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd at Pursuit
Austria Hochfilzen, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd at team relay (with Dorin Habert / Aymonier / Bescond)
France Annecy, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st at Mass start
Germany Oberhof, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st at team relay (with Bescond / Chevalier / Aymonier)

2018–19 season:

Slovenia Pokljuka, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st at mixed relay (with Bescond / Fourcade / Desthieux)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justine Braisaz". International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

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