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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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13.12.2014
Germany Wins Women’s Relay
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The German quartet of Luise Kummer, Franziska Hildebrand, Vanessa Hinz and Franziska Preuss won the women's 4 X 6K relay today, after taking the lead at the final standing stage. The German women had eight spare rounds to win in 1:11:40.4, with Belarus 21.1 seconds back with 10 spare rounds, and Czech Republic in third, 22.2 seconds back, with 9 spare rounds. Italy, Norway and Poland rounded out the top six in that order.
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12.12.2014
Two in a Row; Mäkäräinen Wins Sprint
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Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen made it two wins in a row, taking the 7.5K sprint today in Hochfilzen to go with her pursuit victory last Sunday in Östersund. Mäkäräinen overcame a prone penalty with a fast final loop to claim the win in 20:55.6. She finished 10.45 seconds ahead of Italy's Karin Oberhofer, who shot clean. Oberhofer’s second place was a personal best; her previous best was 4th place in the Olympic Sprint at Sochi. Third went to Norway's Tiril Eckhoff, also with one penalty, 29.9 seconds back. Olga Podchufarova of Russia finished fourth, also with one penalty, 31.2 seconds back. Fifth went to Germany's Franziska Hildebrand, with one penalty, 36.9 seconds back. Her teammate Vanessa Hinz shot clean to finish in a personal best sixth place38.4 seconds back.
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12.12.2014
Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Preview
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A small amount of fresh snow arrived in Hochfilzen on Thursday, making the stadium and surrounding forests look more wintery. That snow changed the conditions for the competitions today and over the weekend. "Hochfilzen Editor's Choice Preview" takes a look at the skiing and shooting range conditions that the athletes will face all weekend.
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11.12.2014
Up, Up and Away…Östersund to Hochfilzen
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The 1747 km trip from Östersund to Salzburg can take anywhere from 2 days by car and ferry to just 2.5 hours on a non-stop charter flight. On Monday morning, about 90 athletes and officials took the quick route on a charter flight, making for an easy, relaxing, and at times fun trip from Scandinavia to Salzburg. This was followed by a short car transfer to Hochfilzen; everyone arrived in time for a light training session that afternoon. Our video, "Up, Up and Away...Östersund to Hochfilzen" chronicles what happened on that trip.
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09.12.2014
Daily Question: Your Worst Memory of Last Season?
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Every athlete has 'those days" when things just do not go as planned. Some of the best biathletes in the world; Olympic Gold medalists and World Champions alike came up with an answer. Our Question of the Day today is: What was Your Worst Memory of Last Season?
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