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17.11.2015
Östersund Countdown—Russian Men: Stars and a New Coach
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
12 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! Last season ended in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia with Anton Shipulin on the podium three times in three competitions, but missing the victory in the World Cup Total Score, with second place behind Martin Fourcade. Shipulin's excellent season once again was the highlight reel for the Russian men. Yet this traditionally strong team still managed to finish fourth in the World Cup Total Score, with Shipulin winning the mass start crystal globe and the men's relay doing the same despite their disappointing fourth place at the IBU World Championships. Many nations would be thrilled with any of the above results, but with Russia's rich biathlon heritage, both the team and fans expected more.
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16.11.2015
Östersund Countdown—Medalists Lead Czech Team
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
17 Days until the Season-Opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! The Czech Republic was one of only three teams, including Germany and France, that placed both their men (5th) and women (2nd) in the top 5 in last season's Nations Cup. That is a big accomplishment and step up for a team that just 5 years ago was 9th and 12th in those same competitions.
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09.11.2015
Östersund Countdown—German Powerhouse Returns
Copyright IBU/Evgeny Tumashov
19 Days until the Season-Opening Mixed Relays in Östersund, where Germany looks like it have one of the best all-around teams. This is not the glory days of the early 2000's but the combined German men and women definitely look like they will be a powerhouse team this season. It was not that long ago, that it all seemed like doom and gloom for the German Biathlon teams; accidents, juniors moving up almost too quickly to the World Cup and retirements took a toll on the team's once renowned depth. There were only two medals in Sochi, by Erik Lesser and the men's relay team.
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04.11.2015
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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29.10.2015
Training Day at the Soldier Hollow Olympic Venue
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
It is a cool, plus 8 Celsius morning at the 2002 Olympic Biathlon venue at Soldier Hollow, Utah; on the training menu for the US men and women is the standard zeroing, then a 3-loop sprint race, with just enough recovery time to reload magazines, followed by an equally quick 5-loop pursuit race. That is just the appetizer. After these 30-plus minutes of fast training; the real work for the day begins. Multiple 8-minute loops with shooting bouts, through the dry, desert-like hilly tracks, that encircle the 2002 Soldier Hollow Olympic Biathlon venue.
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29.10.2015
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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27.10.2015
Karolin Horchler’s Goal: Qualify for World Cup Team
Copyright IBU/Karolin Horchler
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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22.10.2015
October: Snow and End of Summer Training
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
The transition to on-snow training continues, but one team still has a national rollerski competition this week as the first competitions in Östersund loom in just over five weeks. Single mixed relay and regular mixed relay kick off the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season on Sunday November 29. With those first competitions getting extremely close, most of the World Cup teams have been on snow someplace in the past few weeks. With lots of reports and many great photos floating through social media, here is a round-up of what some of the teams have been doing.
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19.10.2015
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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15.10.2015
Cooled Track Skiing Open in Tyumen, Kontiolahti
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Natural snow fell this week across parts of central Europe, while the French and other teams were preparing to ski in the tunnel in Oberhof. At the same time, the Russian and Polish teams were on the glacier at Ramsau. Yet in Tyumen Russia and Kontiolahti, Finland, there were well-prepared tracks at the biathlon stadiums; both have cooled tracks covered with natural stored snow.
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