Magdalena Neuner: Back in Östersund Video
Copyright IBU/Biathlonworld TV
The last time that Magdalena Neuner was in Östersund was in December 2011; she was on the podium three times and had a baby moose named after her. On Sunday, she returned not as an athlete but as an expert commentator for Germany's ARD television. In the years since, Germany's "Golden Girl" has retired from the sport, married and become a mother, leading what she calls "a normal life."
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Östersund Countdown; Early Morning in the Stadium
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
3 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund and the new BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon Season. The start time for training today was a not long-after-sunrise 8:30 am until just 10:30, because today is the final set-up day for the local organizers before the weekend and the first competitions.
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Östersund Countdown: Belarus, Austria, Kaisa, Doro and…
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
4 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! Beyond the strongest teams, there are many top individuals and nations that battled for the podium last season and surely will again this season. Among those are the Belarusian women, the Austrian men, and top individuals like Jakov Fak, Fredrik Lindström, Kaisa, and Dorothea Wierer.
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Östersund Countdown--Ukrainian Women: Hard Work, Focus
Copyright IBU/Evgeny Tumashov
24 Days until the season-opening mixed relays in Östersund! Like many teams, the Ukrainian team headed north to Sjusjøen for on-snow training earlier this week. They arrived to find temperatures near plus 10 and minimal snow. Assessing the situation, first-year Women's Coach Uroš Velepec said, dryly, "We brought roller skis!"
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1 Month to Östersund; Long Uphill Rollerski for US Men
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
Today marks 31 days until the new BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season kicks off with single and regular mixed relays on November 29 at the Swedish National Biathlon Arena in Östersund, Sweden. From that point onwards until late March, it is all about competitions, recovery small doses of training.
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Karolin Horchler’s Goal: Qualify for World Cup Team
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As the season gets closer and closer, most athletes have already had their first on-snow training. One of the most popular places this October was the Dachstein glacier. The German 1a and 1b women's teams were no exception; having just returned home from Austria.
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Big Year Continues as Katja Yurlova Marries in Austria
Copyright IBU/Dmitry Yurlov
Ekaterina Yurlova's big year of 2015 just got better as she was married to Josef Percht on Saturday at the town hall in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria. Back in March, Yurlova had the first individual podium of her career when she claimed the title of World Champion by taking the women's 15K individual at the IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti. She ended the season with two top 10 finishes at the World Cup final in Khanty Mansiysk; all her best results since 2011. This summer she continued her training plan from last year; training outside of the team under the guidance of her father.
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Rifles: Art, Fashion or Simply Equipment
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
A biathlete's rifle is a crucial piece of equipment that, like good skis that can be the pathway to either brilliant success or crashing failure. Of course there are many other factors like talent, fitness, health, and weather conditions that can affect performance. However, the rifle offers one big difference from almost every other piece of equipment that a biathlete has; it can be customized. That customization goes from brilliant colors and designs to sponsor and national team stickers. The possibilities are endless; the rifle sometimes becomes an extension of the athlete's personality.
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Summertime Photos: Adventure, Family, Favorite Places
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
As the new season grows ever so near and warm summer days disappear into memory, numerous athletes shared some special photos and thoughts from Summer 2015.
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Lukas Hofer; Amazing Feeling Back on Snow
Copyright IBU/Lukas Hofer
Italy's Lukas Hofer stepped onto natural snow for the first time on September 26 atop the Dachstein Glacier; the first time since last spring, "It was an amazing feeling to be back on snow; I felt great from the first step! I felt like I could do everything that we worked on this summer with the roller skis." That was a positive step for the Italian Olympic medalist who missed this camp last fall with a shoulder injury. The injury plus shooting problems resulted in a season that really never got on track.
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