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16.03.2014
Germany’s Mixed Relay Win Closes IBU Cup Season
Copyright IBU/ Rene Holzknecht
Germany's team of Karolin Horchler, Maren Hammerschmidt, Steffen Bartscher, and Matthias Bischl won the last competition of the IBU Cup season; the Mixed relay in Martell. They finished in 1:27:54.7 with eleven spare rounds, 2:10.6 ahead of the Italian team of Michela Ponza, Lisa Vittozzi, Christian DeLorenzi and Markus Windisch with 14 spare rounds. Third went to Norway with Kaia Woeien Nicolaisen, Ane Skrove Nossum, Haavard Bogetveit and Erlend Bjoentegaard, with 1 penalty, 2:37.2 back. France finished fourth, Austria on fifth, and Russia in sixth.
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16.03.2014
A Few Minutes with...Juliya Dzhyma
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Juliya Dzhyma of Ukraine burst onto the World Cup scene this season like a lightning bolt from the East, picking up the first podium of her career with second in the Hochfilzen pursuit, just a day after fifth place in the sprint. She was so thrilled and confident that she commented, "I hope that fifth place will be my worst result of the season. I am expecting more." The previous season, as a 22-year-old, she was on the podium at the WCH with her Ukrainian teammates collecting second place in the women's relay.
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15.03.2014
Another Hometown Sprint Win for Kaisa
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Kontiolahti’s hometown hero Kaisa Mäkäräinen, who lives in nearby Joensuu matched men’s sprint winner Johannes Thingnes Boe by winning both sprints here this week. Mäkäräinen, with one penalty finished in 20:53.6, 17.3 seconds slower than her time on Thursday. Second went to Norway’s Tora Berger, 6.2 seconds back with Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic third, 12.9 seconds back, shooting clean like Berger.
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15.03.2014
Two in a Row for Johannes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe made it two in a row by taking the second sprint in Kontiolahti, once again shooting clean. His time of 24:03.5 was 18.5 seconds ahead of Russia's Alexander Loginov, who also shot clean in second place. Lowell Bailey of the USA, with the first podium of his career shot clean to finish third, 19.4 seconds back.
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15.03.2014
Martell Pursuits to Boilley and Slepov
Copyright IBU/ Leander Regensburger
France's Sophie Boilley won the last pursuit of the IBU Cup season, with two penalties, in 32:41.2, while Russia’s Alexey Slepov won the afternoon men’s pursuit in Martell with four penalties in 37:54.8.
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15.03.2014
The Kontiolahti Wall Preview with Dasha and Björn
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The spring-like weather continues in Kontiolahti, as much of the soft slushy snow turns to mush and then into big puddles of icy water.
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14.03.2014
IBU Press Release: IBU Athletes Committee Election
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Four athletes were elected to the IBU Athletes Committee by their fellow athletes during an election held last week at World Cup 7 in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
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13.03.2014
Kaisa Wins Hometown Sprint
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Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen, hoping for a big crowd tonight got her wish with a packed stadium. She then proceeded to treat the crowd to a one-penalty win on her home course in 20:36.3. Russia's Olga Zaitseva shot clean and doubled the fun for the heavily Russian crowd with second place, 6.1 seconds back. Third place went to Mäkäräinen's teammate, Mari Laukkanen who shot clean and picked up a personal best and first podium of her career, 22.7 seconds back.
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13.03.2014
Kontiolahti Sprint to Johannes Thingnes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe shot clean to win for the third time in his career and the first time since December to take the 10K sprint in 23:33.2. Second place Martin Fourcade of France, wearing the Yellow Bib also shot clean but finished 7.1 seconds back, just .1 seconds ahead of Germany's Arnd Peiffer, with one penalty, the only man in the top 10 not to clean today.
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13.03.2014
Bogetveit and Nazarova Win Martell Sprints
Copyright IBU/ Leander Regensburger
Russia’s Valentina Nazarova won the last women’s sprint of the IBU Cup season in 22:56.1, with one penalty while Norway’s Haavard Bogetveit won the afternoon men’s sprint with one penalty in 26:01.3.
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