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13.01.2015
Ruhpolding: Looking Ahead
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The difference from Oberhof last week to Ruhpolding this week is like night and day. Although separated by a mere 460 km, these two World Cup venues are worlds apart.
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11.01.2015
Martin’s Mass Start Perfection
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Martin Fourcade of France showed patience on the shooting range today that translated into a perfect 20-for-20 shooting day and a 44:52 win in the men's mass start in Oberhof. Second and third places went to Russians Anton Shipulin and Dmitry Malyshko, 13.1 and 30.7 seconds back. Shipulin had four penalties while his teammate had three. Krasimir Anev of Bulgaria finished in a personal best fourth place, with three penalties, 31.4 seconds back. Michal Slesingr of Czech Republic finished fifth, also with three penalties, 37.8 seconds back, with Andrejs Rastorgujevs of Latvia with four penalties, in sixth, 38.9 seconds back.
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11.01.2015
Comeback Win for Domracheva in Mass Start
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Darya Domracheva of Belarus came back from three prone penalties to win the women's mass start in 41:36.6, with four total penalties. Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic finished second, with two penalties, 14.9 seconds back, while Tiril Eckhoff of Norway finished third, with two penalties, 21.7 seconds back. Fourth went to the Yellow Bib Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland, with four penalties, 25.9 seconds back. Clean shooting Jana Gerekova of Slovakia finished in a personal best fifth place, 36.2 seconds back. Sixth went to Germany's Franziska Preuss, with three penalties, 1:01.7 back.
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10.01.2015
Martin Fourcade Wins Windy, Warm Oberhof Sprint
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France's Martin Fourcade won the delayed men's sprint today in windy, warm Oberhof. Fourcade's single prone penalty proved to be no problem as he claimed victory in 27:02.5. Norway's Ole Einar Björndalen was 4.4 seconds back in second, while Russia's Timofey Lapshin was third, 17.5 seconds back. All three men had a single penalty. Björndalen's teammate Johannes Thingnes Boe finished fourth, 18.2 seconds back, with two penalties. Benjamin Weger of Switzerland, with two penalties finished fifth, 19 seconds back while Andrejs Rastorgujevs of Latvia was sixth, with three penalties, 21.4 seconds back.
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10.01.2015
Oberhof in the Sun Video
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Impressions of what Oberhof looked like at the peak of this week's winter weather, with a nice commentary from Andrea (Henkel) Burke.
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09.01.2015
First Career Victory for Veronika Vitkova
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Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic scored the first individual victory of her World Cup career by winning the Oberhof women’s 7.5K sprint in 22:40 with two penalties. Italians Dorothea Wierer and Nicole Gontier finished second and third, 8.8 and 19.1 seconds back. Wierer had a single penalty, while Gontier was one of only two women in the field to shoot clean. Vitkova who also brought her relay team home in first on Wednesday was equally thrilled with her first win, commenting, “ I love the atmosphere here…It was my day.” Franziska Preuss of Germany finished fourth, 22.5 seconds back with one penalty, while Mari Laukkanen of Finland finished fifth, 23.9 seconds back, with two penalties. Vitkova’s teammate Gabriela Soukalova was sixth, also with two penalties, 24.8 seconds back.
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09.01.2015
Battling the Elements in Oberhof
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The weather is always a challenge in Oberhof, with its unique microclimate that brings fog, wind and rain or snow frequently to this World Cup venue.
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08.01.2015
Shipulin Sprints to Rainy, Windy Relay Win
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Anton Shipulin of Russia sprinted away from his Norwegian rival Ole Einar Björndalen in the final 100 meters to claim the victory in the men's 4 X 7.5K relay in 1:15:24.1, 2.3 seconds ahead of Norway. Russia had one penalty and twelve spare rounds while Norway had one penalty and ten spares. France, with one penalty and twelve spares finished third, 1:32.3 back. Germany, Ukraine and Switzerland rounded out the top six.
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08.01.2015
Double Olympic Gold Medalist Kuzmina Pregnant
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Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina, the Olympic Sprint Gold medalist in the past two Olympic Winter Games announced today in a press conference in home town of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia that she is three months pregnant and will miss the current biathlon season.
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08.01.2015
Question of the Day: What is Your Favorite Venue?
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Every athlete and fan has an opinion about their favorite World Cup venue. Earlier in the season, numerous top biathletes answered this Question of the Day: What is your Favorite Venue?
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