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15.03.2015
Jakov Fak Sprints to Mass Start Gold Medal
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Jakov Fak of Slovenia broke away from the field in the final kilometer and held on to win his second World Championship title in his career, winning the men's mass start in 36:24.9, with one penalty. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic won his third medal of these Championships, claiming Silver, 1 second back with one penalty. The Bronze medal went to Tarjei Boe of Norway; 3.7 seconds back also with one penalty. This medal was the fifth for the Norwegian. Ole Einar Björndalen of Norway finished fourth, shooting clean but 10.2 seconds back. Moravec's teammate Michal Slesingr was fifth, with three penalties, 18.4 seconds back while Boe's younger brother Johannes was sixth, with two penalties, 18.7 seconds back.
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15.03.2015
Mass Start Gold for Valja Semerenko
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Ukraine's Valja Semerenko won her first individual World Championship title, claiming the women's 12.5K mass start with clean shooting in 34:32.9. The Silver medal went to Germany's Franziska Preuss, with one penalty. Karin Oberhofer of Italy won the Bronze medal, the first individual medal of her career, with two penalties, 12.6 seconds back. Yellow Bib Darya Domracheva of Belarus finished fourth, with two penalties, 14.7 seconds back while Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic finished fifth,, with one penalty, 26.2 seconds back. Germany's Franziska Hildebrand finished sixth, with clean shooting, 31.7 seconds back. Spectacular conditions with no wind and lots of sun as the 30 women started the women's mass start.
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14.03.2015
Germany Men Take Relay, Matching the Women
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The German men's team of Erik Lesser, Daniel Boehm, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp matched their female counterparts who won the women's relay yesterday, by winning the Gold medal today in 1:13:49.5 with three spares. Norway won the Silver medal with six spares, 15.4 seconds back. France won the Bronze medal, with four spares, 33.6 seconds back. Fourth place went to Russia with Austria in fifth and Czech Republic in sixth.
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14.03.2015
Wax Trucks…Fast Skis and Medals
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Four of the top medal-winning nations at these 2015 IBU World Championships are preparing their skis not in a small wax cabin but in their own wax truck. These trucks have only been around for a few years, yet have become very important for the nations lucky enough to have one of these mobile wax rooms. Our video “Wax Trucks…Fast Skis and Medals” medal-winning biathletes and wax techs discuss the value of the wax truck.
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13.03.2015
German Women: Golden in Relay
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The German women's relay team of Franziska Hildebrand, Franziska Preuss, Vanessa Hinz and Laura Dahlmeier won the Gold medal in the women's relay this evening, with six spare rounds in 1:11:54.6. The Silver medal went to France, with one penalty and nine spares, 1:00.3 back while Italy claimed the Bronze medal, with nine spares, 1:06.1 back. Russia finished fourth, followed by Norway and Ukraine.
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13.03.2015
The Magic behind the Targets
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The shooting range here in Kontiolahti has 30 targets like every other range on the BWW IBU World Cup Biathlon circuit. These 30 targets are very close to home as they were produced just 30 km from here by the family-owned Suomen Biathlon Oy. The Kurvinen family started building mechanical biathlon targets way back in 1979 and now equips biathlon ranges around the world with either mechanical of electronic versions. Our Video “The Magic behind the Targets” explores how these targets work and offers insight into what the athlete sees when he looks at them from 50 meters away.
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13.03.2015
Martin Fourcade…Lucky with Life & Lunch at Chez Martin
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Last night, multiple Olympic and World Champion Martin Fourcade won his sixth individual World Championship title. This past summer, relaxing at his home in the mountain village of Villard de Lans, France he reflected on his career, goals and life in this wide-ranging biographical interview video, "Martin Fourcade...Lucky with the Life I Have." He also showed off his cooking skills in a second video from this summer, “Lunch at Chez Martin.”
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12.03.2015
Gold in 20K for Martin Fourcade
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Martin Fourcade of France took the lead after the final standing stage in the men's 20K individual this evening to win the Gold medal in 47:29.4, with a single penalty. The Silver medal went to Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who shot clean but finished 20.9 seconds back. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic won his second medal of these Championships, claiming the Bronze, 40.5 seconds back with one penalty. Moravec won a Gold medal in the mixed relay last week. Fourcade's brother Simon finished fourth, shooting clean but 45.7 seconds back. Fifth place went to Sergey Semenov of Ukraine, with one penalty, 56 seconds back. Sixth went to Norway's Ole Einar Björndalen, with one penalty, 1:12.1 back.
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12.03.2015
Breakfast for Biathletes is…
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Everyone kick starts their day differently, but for top biathletes, it always breakfast and that one special thing that gets the day off to a perfect start. The results of our quick survey one morning this week are in “Breakfast for Biathletes is…”
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11.03.2015
Yurlova Stuns Field; Wins 15K Gold
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Ekaterina Yurlova of Russia stunned the big stars of biathlon by starting near the end of the competition, shooting clean and winning Gold in the women's 15K individual in 41:33.2. It was her first podium and first victory in the 30-year-old's career. Her previous best was a fifth place in the Pokljuka mass start in the 2012-13 season. The Silver medal went to Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic, with one penalty, 23.2 seconds back. Local hero Kaisa Mäkäräinen claimed Bronze, with two penalties, 24.4 seconds back. Dorothea Wierer of Italy finished fourth, with one penalty, 24.8seconds back, while Daria Virolaynen of Russia finished fifth, with one penalty, 37.9 seconds back. Laura Dahlmeier of Germany finished sixth, with two penalties, 40.5 seconds back.
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