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19.12.2014
Sprint Win for Anton Shipulin
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Russia's Anton Shipulin won his first individual competition of the new season by shooting clean to take the men's 10K sprint in 23:18.6 on a clear, warm afternoon at Pokljuka. Austria's Dominik Landertinger also shot clean in second place, 11.9 seconds back, while Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen finished 29.9 seconds back, with clean shooting. Fourth went to Martin Fourcade of France who had a single standing penalty, 29.9 seconds back. Fifth went to late starter Evgeniy Garanichev made a run for the podium but eventually finished fifth, 34.1 seconds back. Germany's Simon Schempp shot clean but finished 6th , 36.3 seconds back.
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19.12.2014
Pokljuka 2.5K Course Tour with Anja Erzen
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Although there is a limited amount of natural snow on the Pokljuka plateau, through the hard work of many volunteers, the courses are well covered with snow. Conditions for the women’s sprint were excellent and those conditions on the courses should continue today. Slovenia’s Anja Erzen skied the 2.5K loop today for our “Pokljuka 2.5K Course Tour with Anja Erzen."
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19.12.2014
Beautiful Bled: Gateway to Pokljuka
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Bled, Slovenia is a small city in the Julian Alps located on the east shore of crystal clear Lake Bled. Most of the teams competing in the Pokljuka World Cup live in lakeside hotels, enjoying spectacular scenery during their off time. Although Bled does receive some snow; this week it has been bathed in winter sunshine and almost spring-like temperatures. “Beautiful Bled: Gateway to Pokljuka” takes a quick look at the lakeside scenery.
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18.12.2014
Soukalova Sprints to Victory at Pokljuka
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Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic claimed her first victory of the new season today with a dominating performance, shooting clean and crossing the finish line in 20:17.3. This put her 18.4 seconds ahead of Dorothea Wierer of Italy who had a single penalty. Ukraine's Valj Semerenko shot clean but finished 24.7 seconds back in third place. Fourth went to Canada's rising star Rosanna Crawford with one penalty, 36.8 seconds back. Russia's Olga Podchufarova short clean but was 38.8 seconds back, while Darya Domracheva of Belarus had two penalties, to finish sixth, just .1 seconds behind the Russian.
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18.12.2014
Question of the Day: Music You Listen to When Training?
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Music is everywhere. For many athletes, music can set the tone for a training day or get them ready for a competition. Everyone has a different taste in music that ranges from rock to classical. See the surprising answers to our Question of the Day video: What Music do you listen to during training?
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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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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
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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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