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Biathlete Shilo Rousseau added to her medal count Thursday in the women’s 10km pursuit at Mount van Hoevenberg. The Thessalon, ON native skied through the finish line in first place, waving the Canadian flag as she was confirming her third podium of the week at the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games.

The biology student ties Louis Grenier (1985), Jeff Schoelten (1999 and 2003) and Susan Auch (1985) with two gold medals at a single FISU Games. Rousseau also added a silver Wednesday in the sprint event. The record for total medals is five set by Grenier in 1985 (2 gold and 3 silver). 

On Thursday, the University of Ottawa student started the race 24 seconds back of the leader, Anna Nedza-Kubiniec of Poland, who beat out Rousseau for the gold in the sprint on Wednesday.

Nedza-Kubiniec again was ahead until their third round in the range, when the Polish biathlete missed two shots from standing. Rousseau shot clean and skied away with the lead, in a final time of 32:24.4.  

“I just feel so proud of myself”, said Rousseau. “Coming into these Games, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was really just here for the experience, to do some racing and have some fun.”

“I am just so happy just being here, let alone win all these medals. I would also like to give a big thank you to all the coaches and my whole team for all the amazing support they have been giving me. You really can’t get here on your own”, added Rousseau.

Rousseau will race in the mass start on Saturday, the last biathlon event of these 2023 FISU Games.