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Wednesday February 10 2016 9 Team Canada saved its best for last Sun- day gutting out a sixth-place finish in the mixed relay on a glorious Alberta afternoon to cap off the first Biathlon World Cup in more than two decades at the 1988 Olym- pic venue in Canmore Alta. Veterans Rosanna Crawford Canmore Alta. and Brendan Green Hay River NWT flanked two of the youngest mem- bers on the rising Canadian Biathlon squad Sarah Beaudry Prince George B.C. and Macx Davies Canmore Atla who sent the thousands of Canadian fans lining the picturesque trails at the world- renowned Canmore Nordic Centre to their feet after matching a career-best mixed relay finish when they were sixth with a time of 10713.1. I cant give enough props to my team- mates said the 29-year-old Green. They all did a perfect job to set me up for a good last leg like that. Hay River biathlete leads Canada to career finish The eight-year veteran capped off a stellar afternoon with a near flawless performance on the skinny skis and on range where he knocked down all 10 targets. I was definitely more nervous today than I normally am with so many family here added Green. The crowd was so enthusi- astic so fortunately I was able to handle it well today. The mixed relay consists of each athlete skiing 6 kilometres women 7.5 kilometres men with two bouts of shooting. The first starter of each team begins in a simultane- ous mass start with other participants. Once completing their leg athletes tag off to the next teammate. Competitors in the relay each carry three spare rounds. If all five tar- gets are not knocked down with the first five rounds the spares may be used which takes more time because they are loaded by hand. Greens girlfriend and two-time Olym- pian Rosanna Crawford set the tone for the Canadian squad while duking it out in the opening leg with the worlds best on the trails she grew up on. Battling strep throat for most of the week the 27-year-old had her best performance skiing to sixth while giving way to the young Canucks. Competing in her first mixed relay this year Canadas 21-year-old rookie Sarah Beaudry grinded the entire six-kilometre womens leg to hold the Canadian position before handing off to Davies. The home- town boy dropped two spots but kept the Canucks within striking distance of the top-five. It is definitely a different feeling when you are closer to the front in a relay said Davies. You know that if you want a good result you need to set up the last guy to do it and Im really happy I was able to do that today. I think overall it was an awesome day for all of us. StartinghisanchorlegineighthspotGreen charged up and down the rolling terrain be- fore bringing the crowd of nearly 7000 to its feet with perfect shooting. Green bolted into fourth spot while heading out onto his final lap but ran out of gas and dropped to sixth place. Every time you get a good result is im- portant. Today having two veterans with two of the youngest on the team shows the depth and a glimpse of our potential said Green. It was such a great day. I think Canmore put on its best face with a blue bird day. And we are at a point now with our program where we can put any two men and women together and have a good result. Germany smashed the field with a time of 10538.8. Italy was second at 10651.7 while Norway won the race for the bronze medal with a time of 10702.6. - from Biathlon Canada SPORTS RECREATION BIATHLON PhotosPamDoyle Macx Davies takes aim during World Cup finals in Canmore Feb. 7. Hay Rivers Brendan Green crosses the finish line helping Canada finish sixth overall. Brendan Green waves to the crowd in Canmore.Team Canada members Nathan Smith and Julia Ransom lead the pack in the mixed final Feb. 7.