Teams Back in Training; Camps, Running, Cycling
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As the calendar rolled over from April to May, most teams restarted formal training for the upcoming 2015-16 biathlon season. Although, April is a "rest" month, most professional biathletes do not spend that down time sitting around. Rest really means stepping away from formal training and especially, the shooting range. At the end of March and in early in April, athletes were still on the snow; Belarusians snowboarding in Austria, French athletes savoring a few warms days of spring cross-country skiing and Germany's Laura Dahlmeier hiking high in the German Alps.
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Sweden’s Bettan Högberg on Celebrity Baking Show
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Biathlete's hobbies run the gamut from sky-diving and motorcycling to the more passive like painting, knitting or reading. Then there is Sweden's Elisabeth "Bettan" Högberg whose sweet hobby is designing and baking creative cakes. Now she will be demonstrating those talents over on Sweden's TV4 starting on May 21 in "All Celebrity Sweden Baking."
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Battles for Yellow and Crystal Part 2: Darya Domracheva
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The Women's World Cup Total Score title was decided in a nose-to-nose scrap between Darya Domracheva and Kaisa Mäkäräinen until the final day in Khanty Mansiysk. Domracheva wore Yellow for one day December 6, in Östersund, and then ceded it to Mäkäräinen until February 14. From that point, although the Belarusian was in Yellow, Mäkäräinen stayed within 20 points until the Khanty pursuit when with one competition left, declared, "I think Darya has too many points now gap (32 points) in the fight for the Total (Score)."
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Battle for Yellow and Crystal, Part 1: Martin Fourcade
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Now, as training is starting for the 2015-16 season, here is part 1 of a look back at the battles for the Yellow Bib and ultimately, the big Crystal Globe. "My main goal this season was to win the Total Score for the fourth time and I did that," was Martin Fourcade's reaction after placing a disappointing fourth in the Khanty Mansiysk pursuit. Although not on the podium that day, Fourcade had secured the big Crystal Globe on the penultimate day of the season, ending a season-long struggle to retain the Yellow Bib and the Total Score title.
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Retirement and New Job for Lars Berger
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Just days before his May 1 36th birthday, Norway's Lars Berger announced his retirement from competitive biathlon and cross-country and was introduced as Norway's new biathlon and cross-country coach for visually and physically impaired athletes.
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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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Summer Afternoon in Minsk with Dasha
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One of the favorites in today’s women’s 15K individual is Darya Domracheva, whose home is in Minsk, Belarus. Although she does not spend as much time at home as she would like, Domracheva truly enjoys being in this city of 2 million people. On a clear September afternoon, the triple Olympic Champion drives around the city, does a little skating, and talks about her life in our video, “Summer Afternoon in Minsk with Dasha.”
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Marie Dorin Habert: “Baby on Board” and “At Home” Video
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Probably the biggest surprise of these 2015 IBU World Championships so far is the two victories of France’s Marie Dorin Habert. About a year ago, she announced that she was pregnant with her first child. Daughter Adele was born in late September. The new mother was back at the shooting range shortly after. She returned to competition at Oberhof and now is a double World Champion. Last June, Biathlonworld TV caught up with her at a training camp and a few days later at her home in Villard de Lans. Our video “Marie Dorin Habert: Baby on Board!” is about her training while pregnant. The second video “At Home…with Marie Dorin Habert” is a biographical piece where she talks about her early days in biathlon and her long-term goals. Dorin Habert’s road to Gold is definitely a unique story in our sport!
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Valja Semerenko: Her Sister, Her Dreams and Biathlon
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Valja Semerenko is currently third in the World Cup Total Score and won a Bronze medal in the World Championships Sprint on Saturday. Yet she considered not competing this season after a hard Olympic year where she won a Relay Gold medal. Find out what goes through this Ukrainian biathlete's mind as she deals with being far from home in a time of political crisis, and without her sister during the World Cup season. A compelling interview with a very interesting lady, "Valja Semerenko: Her Sister, Her Dreams and Biathlon."
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Condolences: Death of Russian Biathlete Alina Yakimkina
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Russian biathlete Alina Yakimkina died unexpectedly of heart failure on February 21st during a Cup of Russia competition in Tyumen. Doctors were immediately on hand, but were unable to revive her. The 21-year-old was a member of the Udmurt Republic team.
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