Michigan Tech Skier Wins Spot on US Biathlon World Championship Team

Amanda Kautzer in Nordic skiing competition
Amanda Kautzer in Nordic skiing competition
Michigan Tech student-athlete Amanda Kautzer has qualified for the Biathlon Junior World Championship US women’s team for the fourth year in a row.

Michigan Tech Nordic skier Amanda Kautzer has done it again.

Kautzer has qualified for the Biathlon Junior World Championship US women’s team for the fourth year in a row. The championship will be held February 26-March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.

More than 50 athletes competed last month at the US Junior/Youth World Championship Trials in Coleraine, Minnesota, with 15 making the junior and youth men’s and women’s teams. 

“I'm very excited to represent not only the US, but also Michigan Tech on the world stage,” Kautzer said. “I look forward to the competitions as I feel like my ski speed has increased under Tech's new coaching staff.”

Amanda Kautzer fires a rifle during biathlon competition
Photo of Amanda Kautzer by Stanislav Spáč. 

 “Amanda is an outstanding biathlete turned cross-country skier, but this year she is putting her focus on cross country skiing and the NCAA championship,” explained her coach, Tom Smith. “We are incredibly proud of her for winning a spot on the US Biathlon Junior World Championship team. It just shows how talented she is, excelling as a biathlete, a cross-country skier and an all-around student athlete.”

Kautzer is a second-year biomedical engineering major and a member of Michigan Tech’s Nordic Ski Team. She competed in the Biathlon Youth World Championship team last year, qualifying by placing first in the sprints, crossing the line with a time of 30:10.1. During high school, she was national champion in the Classic Sprint. A three-time All American, she won Conference and Sectional Champ in 2015. 

Kautzer is from Plymouth, Minnesota. Daughter of Bradley and Julienne Kautzer, she graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's School.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.