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17.12.2014
Pokljuka Editor’s Choice Preview Video
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In some ways, this week's BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 3 is a bit like the movie "Groundhog Day" when everyday is a repeat of the previous one. Snow conditions remain a challenge this week just as in the past 2 weeks of competitions; manmade snow on the tracks, warm conditions, softening the snow, making for tough skiing. Much of Europe remains virtually snowless, with little natural snow anywhere. So once again, the organizers are working with manmade snow and a small amount from a snow depot. Canadian Coach Matthias Ahrens commented, "I must praise the organizers for the work they have done to prepare the tracks under these conditions.
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17.12.2014
IBU Press Information
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The IBU would like to share updated information in regard to the above mentioned topic. Following the media reports of last week, Gottlieb Taschler informed the IBU on 13 December 2014 that he will temporarily suspend all his current roles within the IBU "in order to protect the sport of biathlon and the good governance of the International Biathlon Union (IBU)".
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17.12.2014
IBU Cup Sprints to Baptiste Jouty & Federika Sanfilippo
Copyright IBU/Mariya Osolodkina
Federika Sanfilippo of Italy and Baptiste Jouty of France won the women's and men's IBU Cup sprints today in Obertilliach. Both stood atop the podium for the first time in their careers. Sanfilippo shooting clean covered the 7.5K course in 20;40.4m while Jouty with two penalties covered the 10K course in 25:53. The conditions on the second day of competition at IBU Cup 3 were almost perfect; sunny weather, almost no wind and a hard track. Clean shooting wasn't enough to win today; all three men on the podium had penalties. Baptiste Jouty won the men's 10K with two penalties in 25:53.8. Germany's Benedikt Doll, with one penalty had later start, but couldn't surpass Jouty's result, ending up 6.1 seconds back. Third place went to the France's Antonin Guigonnat with two penalties, 15.4 seconds back.
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16.12.2014
Jean Guillaume Beatrix…Biathlon, Music and Mountains
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Olympic Bronze medalist Jean Guillaume Beatrix is a biathlete who chose sports over music. He came to the mountains as a young child and fell in love with skiing. At the same time, his musical talent with the guitar and piano was blossoming. To the benefit of the French team, he chose biathlon where he has flourished.
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16.12.2014
Kilchytskyy and Bachmann Win at IBU Cup 3
Copyright IBU/Mariya Osolodkina
The third IBU Cup in Obertilliach opened with the first individual competitions in the season. Ukrainian Vitaliy Kilchytskyy won the men's 20K with one penalty in 50:12.5, while German veteran Tina Bachmann scored her first win in this season in the women's 15K in 46:56.2 Second place in the men's competition went to Sven Grossegger of Austria. He showed good speed on the tracks but missed twice, finishing 38.5 seconds back. Russia's Petr Pashchenko with the late start number 97 had one penalty and crossed the finish line in third place, 49.1 seconds back. Six nations at the flower ceremony
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15.12.2014
IBU Cup 3: Snow Challenge Video
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
Lack of snow from Scandinavia to Italy has been a challenge for both organizers and athletes this winter so far. Due to a lack of snow the competitions scheduled for IBU Cup 2 In Martell, Italy had to be reassigned to Obertilliach this week and Duszniki Zdrój, Poland next month. At the same time, some teams have revised their training schedules because of poor snow conditions in the places where they normally train. “IBU Cup 3: Snow Challenge” takes a look at the good conditions in Obertilliach, as athletes and organizers comment about their personal snow challenges.
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14.12.2014
Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Wrap-up Video
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The second week of the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season had a lot of excitement. Kaisa Mäkäräinen won both the sprint and pursuit to give her three wins in a row and a lock on the Yellow Bib. Martin Fourcade topped his Norwegian rival Emil Hegle Svendsen in both competitions to take back the men’s Yellow Bib. The relays saw two strong teams emerge: the Russian men and the young and surprising German women. The “Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Wrap-up Video” takes a quick look back at this weekend in Austria.
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14.12.2014
Perfect Shooting; Pursuit Win for Fourcade
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
France's Martin Fourcade's perfection on the shooting range brought him the victory in the men's 12.5K pursuit this afternoon in Hochfilzen. His time of 32:53.7 put him 4.1 seconds ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp, who also shot clean. A perfectly timed kick in the final 600 meters allowed Jakov Fak of Slovenia to claim third place, with one penalty, 10.9 seconds back. The sprint winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway had two penalties to finish 16.2 seconds back in fourth. Russia's Anton Shipulin had a single penalty to move from 11th at the start to fifth place, 28.5 seconds back. Tarjei Boe of Norway finished sixth, also with one penalty, 45.1 seconds back.
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14.12.2014
Wire-to-Wire Win for Kaisa in Pursuit
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Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland scored a wire-to-wire victory in today's women's 10K pursuit, with none of the other women in the field ever challenging her dominant win. Mäkäräinen completed her Östersund/Hochfilzen hat trick, in 30:44.8 with a single penalty. Second went to Russia's Ekaterina Glazyrina, also with one penalty, 34.4 seconds back. Anais Bescond of France matched the other two women with a single miss to take third, 46.5 seconds back. Olga Podchufarova of Russia, with two penalties was fourth. Fifth went to Canada's Rosanna Crawford, climbing 29 spots from the start to a World Cup personal best 5th place finish, 53.4 seconds back with one penalty. Karin Oberhofer of Italy finished sixth, with three penalties, 55.4 seconds back.
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13.12.2014
Shipulin Leads Russia to Relay Victory
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Russia's Anton Shipulin dropped ten targets in ten shots to seal the victory for his teammates Maxim Tsvetkov, Timofey Lapshin and Dmitry Malyshko in the men's 4 X 7.5K relay today. The Russian men finishing in 1:16:14.8 used a single spare round in their victory. France finished 20.2 seconds back to take second place while Norway was 27.9 seconds back in third. The home team Austria finished fourth while Germany was fifth and Canada sixth.
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