“World Cup Final in Siberia” Video
|20.03.2012, Khanty Mansiysk / IBU Info. Dept. JK|
|Recap of Season’s Final Competitions|
|The 2011-12 E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon season officially ended around 10:30 PM on Sunday evening in Khanty Mansiysk, with the awarding of the Crystal Globes to the winners of the World Cup Total Score. The big globes capped the year for Magdalena Neuner and Martin Fourcade.|
Sprints to Neuner and Fourcade
Yet before those final trophies were awarded, most of the athletes who trekked to Khanty Mansiysk went through the three final competitions, trying to end their seasons on a high note. The sprints seemed like something everyone had seen before with the names of Neuner and Fourcade at the top of the lists, with Arnd Peiffer and Darya Domracheva following. Fourcade and Neuner went to bed on Friday, knowing they had the sprint crowns, but unsure of any other titles.
Fourcade and Domracheva
The pursuits were again repeats, as Fourcade swept away the field with ease and Domracheva claimed another victory with an amazing comeback in the final standing stage. Fourcade now had the pursuit trophy and a lock on the Total Score. Domracheva had the pursuit title in hand, but Neuner was effectively the Total Score winner.
Svendsen and Domracheva End Season with Victories
Fourcade was far from the podium on Sunday in the mass start, as his season-long rival Emil Hegle Svendsen won the final men’s competition. Despite winning, Svendsen finished second to Andi Birnbacher for the seasonal mass start title. The season culminated with another victory and a second small globe for Domracheva. Fittingly, she pulled off her now trademark big finish to capture the final competition of the season for the second year in a row.
Although fatigue and general weariness figured in all of the final competitions, the final weekend was just as exciting as the first one in Östersund way back in December.
The “World Cup Final in Siberia” video takes one last look at the season-ending competitions.