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15.01.2014
Spectacular Suntholz Inside Track Preview Video
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
This Sochi clock is ticking, with just over three weeks until the men's sprint opens the competitions there on February 8. The next few days here at Antholz in the Italian Dolomites is the first part of the final countdown to that opening day.
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15.01.2014
Meet Team New Zealand...Sarah Murphy Video
Copyright IBU/Biathlonworld TV
25-year-old Sarah Murphy comprises the smallest "team" on the E.ON IBU World Cup circuit, because she is the whole team every week; no coach or wax tech or physio is with her as she travels biathlon's high road. A team cannot get much smaller than one person; of course she has support from other teams, friends, family and sponsors along the way. Yet those people come and go. At the end of the day it is always Murphy, her rifle and skis. However tough it is to be alone in such a high stakes sport, she always has a smile on her face.
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14.01.2014
Real Winter in Antholz; The Bear is Smiling
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
The Antholz Bear is smiling for good reason as he overlooks the stadium. Entering the Antholz Valley, it looks like much of central Europe, patches of snow in the open fields with a light dusting on the trees a hundred meters or so above. It remains pretty much like that until the final kilometer before the stadium when the fields and forest turn white, covered with 60 cm or so of natural snow that fell from the sky, not from snow guns. The Bear is smiling because he is presiding over a beautiful winter scene.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Inside Track Wrap-up with Emil & Gabi Video
Copyright IBU/Ernst Wukits
Two athletes dominated the competitions this week in Ruhpolding: Emil Hegle Svendsen and Gabriela Soukalova. After winning the individual competitions, they both came back for uncontested wire-to-wire wins in the pursuit.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Double for Svendsen
Copyright IBU/Ernst Wukits
Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway matched women's pursuit winner Gabriela Soukalova by taking his second win in a row here in the men's pursuit. His clean shooting carried the Norwegian to a 32:38.2 win, 18 seconds ahead of Jakov Fak of Slovenia, who also shot clean. Third went to Russia's Evegeny Garanichev, with one penalty, 21,4 seconds back.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Win Number Two for Soukalova
Copyright IBU/Ernst Wukits
Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic started first and remained in that position for the whole competition, winning for the second time this week in Ruhpolding. She hit every target while covering the 10K in 30:39.8, 9.7 seconds ahead of Norway's Tora Berger, with one penalty. Third, 38.9 seconds back was Kaisa Mäkäräinen, with three penalties.
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11.01.2014
Svendsen Victorious in Ruhpolding 20K
Copyright IBU/Ernst Wukits
Emil Hegle Svendsen won for the third time in four competitions since the start of the New Year, claiming the 20K individual in 48:58.5, with one penalty. Svendsen also won the sprint and pursuit last week in Oberhof. Second and third went to Russians Alexey Volkov and Evegeny Ustyugov, 14.6 and 16.5 seconds back, respectively. Volkov shot clean while Ustyugov had a single penalty.
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11.01.2014
Lunch in the IBU Family Club with Bjorn and JP Video
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Every World Cup venue has an IBU Family Club where the athletes and staff can get a hot meal or snack all day long without having to go back to their hotel. It is also a great place to hang out, do e-mail and have a coffee.
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10.01.2014
Soukalova Takes Ruhpolding 15K
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Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic made it two-for-two this season in the 15K individual by winning in 40:32.6, with one penalty. She also won the only other 15K this season last month in Östersund. Second went to Darya Domracheva of Belarus, with two penalties in the finals standing stage, 34.3 seconds back. Third went Soukalova's teammate, Veronika Vitkova who shot clean.
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10.01.2014
A Peek Behind the Doors...at the Salomon S-Lab
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Sitting in an industrial park in the northern suburbs of Annecy France are several buildings that look like thousands of others in similar locations worldwide; the rather non-descript looking flat-roofed factory/warehouse style that supplies most of the world's needs. Yet this particular complex is actually something out of the ordinary; it is Salomon's Annecy Design Center (ADC) or the S-Lab as it is fondly known. This place oozes creativity, from the engineering department to design studios to the sewing, testing and sample production areas. The S-Lab is the source of all of the creatively designed running shoes, ski boots, apparel and skis produced by Salomon.
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