Ole Einar Bjørndalen practicing at Sjusjøen (NOR) prior to the season opener races this weekend. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen practicing at Sjusjøen (NOR) prior to the season opener races this weekend. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus

Tomorrow, the gun goes off for the 2016 IBU biathlon World Cup with mixed relays in Östersund (SWE).

After the mixed relays on Sunday, the first World Cup continues with individual competitions December 2 through 6.

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) has been fighting illness for much of the dryland season, but at the national season opener at Sjusjøen (NOR) last weekend, he posted an 11 place in the mass start and was content with his fitness considering the less than optimal lead-up.

“It wasn’t half bad, but I didn’t shoot well. It will get better as the season gets underway,” Bjørndalen said to NRK after the race last Sunday.

Program IBU World Cup 1 – Östersund
November 29: 13:45 Single mixed relay
November 29: 15:30 2×6+2×7.5 km Mixed relay
December 2: 17.15 Men 20 km normal program
December 3: 17:15 Women 15 km normal program
December 5: 12:30 Men 10 km Sprint
December 5: 15:30 Women 7.5 km Sprint
December 6: 11:00 Men 12.5 km pursuit
December 6: 13:30 Women 10 km pursuit