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6 World Championship Medals

17.02.2017, Hochfilzen, Austria (AUT):
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Vanessa Hinz (GER) took home two gold medals from the 2107 IBU world championships in Hochfilzen (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus athletes took home three gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze from the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen.

Germany opened the 2017 IBU Biathlon World Championships in Hochflizen (AUT) on the top of the podium as Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to gold in the mixed relay on February 9.

Next, Benedikt Doll (GER) earns his first individual World Championship gold medal on Saturday, February 11.

“First place feels really special,” Doll (GER) said after winning his first individual World Championship medal.

He didn’t miss a single target in the men’s 10km sprint. He raced faster than he ever has, and won his first individual World Championships gold medal with a 0.7 second margin.

“It’s amazing. It’s unreal. First place feels really special,” Doll said after his race.

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Benedikt Doll (GER) won the 10km sprint at the IBU world championships in Hochfilzen (AUT) - hist 1st individual World Championship medal. Photo: Nordic Focus

Benedikt Doll (GER) won the 10km sprint at the IBU world championships in Hochfilzen (AUT) – hist 1st individual World Championship medal. Photo: Nordic Focus

The king delivers
On Sunday February 12 Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) won his 45th World Championship medal, hauling into third place in the pursuit. He started in eighth place, almost 40 seconds behind Doll.

“I have many medals, but this is a brand new one and this was a victory for me,” Bjørndalen said after his race.

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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) earned his 45th World Championship medal in the pursuit on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) earned his 45th World Championship medal in the pursuit on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Another relay gold
Vanessa Hinz went home from Hochfilzen with two gold medals in her pocket. On Saturday, she skied the opening leg for the German women and helped her team to another victory in the 4x6km relay.

Madshus skiers Iryna Varvynets and Anastasiya Merkushyna took home the silver medal for Ukraine, only six seconds behind the German women.

ryna Varvynets and Anastasiya Merkushyna took home the silver medal for Ukraine. Photo: Madshus

Iryna Varvynets and Anastasiya Merkushyna took home the silver medal for Ukraine in the women’s relay on Friday. Photo: Madshus

 

The King Delivers on Schedule

Ole Einar Bjørndalen with his two silver medals from the 2016 World Championships in Holmenkollen (NOR). Photo: Nordic Focus
Ole Einar Bjørndalen with his two silver medals from the 2016 World Championships in Holmenkollen (NOR). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen with his two silver medals from the 2016 World Championships in Holmenkollen (NOR). Photo: Nordic Focus

On his first appearance at the 2016 IBU World Championships, Ole Einar Bjørndalen secures a medal. On home turf in Holmenkollen (NOR). These championships have been his main focus for the entire season, not to mention his entire career, which to date counts 24 World Cup seasons. And in his first race, the 10km sprint, he delivers.

On Sunday, he helped himself to another silver medal in the men’s 12.5km pursuit.

“That was fun. I had to at least match my age in medals before I consider myself done, but this was the most I could squeeze out of myself today,” the 42-year-old said to Norwegian broadcaster NRK after the race.

Halfway through the championships, six of the eleven events are completed. The20km normal competition, the women’s 4x6km relay, the men’s 4×7.5km relay and the 12.5km/15km mass starts still remain before the championships conclude in Holmenkollen on Sunday, March 13. The King returns to the action on Thursday, with the men’s 20km normal competition.

However, Bjørndalens medal was only the third this week: Anaïs Bescond helped France to gold in the opening event, the mixed sprint, where Marte Olsbu skied the first leg for Norway’s bronze medal team.

Waited a Year for First

Emil Hegle Svendsen (left) and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (far right) helped Norway to victory at the IBU relay in Ruhpolding (GER) on Friday, the 1st relay victory for the team in a year. Photo: Nordic Focus
Emil Hegle Svendsen (left) and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (far right) helped Norway to victory at the IBU relay in Ruhpolding (GER) on Friday, the 1st relay victory for the team in a year. Photo: Nordic Focus

Emil Hegle Svendsen (left) and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (far right) helped Norway to victory at the IBU relay in Ruhpolding (GER) on Friday, the 1st relay victory for the team in a year. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen opened the relay for Norway, while Emil Hegle Svendsen anchored the team to victory at the IBU World Cup relay in Rupholding (GER).

It’s been a full year since the Norwegian men last won a World Cup relay, and with less than two months to go until the World Championships on home turf in Holmenkollen (NOR) in March, the victory was a much needed confidence-builder for the team.

The team performance on Friday also reestablished Norway as a clear favorite to win the relay gold at the World Championships in Oslo. Ole Einar Bjørndalen skied the first leg for Norway, while Emil Hegle Svendsen skied the final leg of the relay and secured the victory.

“We like the pressure. We like being favorites. And when we can win despite shooting as poorly as we did today, we are favorites,” Ole Einar Bjørndalen said to Aftenposten reporters after the race.

On Sunday, Miriam Gössner (photo) helped Germany to second place in the biathlon relay on home turf in Rupholding (GER).

Complete results from the IBU World Cup in Rupholding 

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Miriam Gössner helped Germany to 2nd place in the World Cup relay on home turf in Ruhpolding, (GER) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Miriam Gössner helped Germany to 2nd place in the World Cup relay on home turf in Ruhpolding, (GER) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

The FIS cross-country World Cup featured an individual sprint in Planica (SLO) on Saturday and a team sprint the next day, both skate. On Saturday, Heidi Weng cruised into third place in the women’s sprint, less than a week after finishing third overall in the 2016 Tour de Ski. Given the toll of the eight races in ten days, and the features of the course in Planica, Weng was almost surprised to be on the podium this weekend as well as outsprinting Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) in a mad dash for the finish line.

“I am still surprised with third today. I thought Ingvild beat me in the finish. I still felt tired after the Tour de Ski but it got better during the day. I like the course here in Planica,” Weng said after her race on Saturday.

On Sunday, Weng kept it up and helped Norway to second place in the team sprint, while fellow Madshus racer Hanna Kolb helped Germany to third place.

Complete results from the FIS World Cup in Planica 

Heidi Weng skied into 3rd place in the World Cup skate sprint in Planica (SLO) on Saturday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng skied into 3rd place in the World Cup skate sprint in Planica (SLO) on Saturday. On Sunday, she helped Norway to 2nd place in the team sprint. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ready to Rumble

Sjusjøen is ready for the biathlon season opener and this weekend features a start list worthy of a World Cup. Photo: NSSF

Sjusjøen is ready for the biathlon season opener and this weekend features a start list worthy of a World Cup. Photo: NSSF

The biathletes are getting their show on the road with season opener competitions in Sjusjøen (NOR) this weekend and a start list worthy of a World Cup.

Although the IBU World Cup doesn’t get underway until Dec 1, when the first round takes place in Östersund (SWE), the start lists for the upcoming weekend races in Sjusjøen (NOR) are packed with World-Cup athletes itching to see where they stack up after a long dryland season. There are racers from the German, French, Italian and several other national teams on the rosters, along with all of Norway’s national teams and elite athletes.

However, Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) is planning to skip Saturday’s sprint after recently returning from altitude. His main focus is the World Championships on home turf in Holmenkollen, March 3-13, and everything prior to that is practice for the main goal. Being sidelined by injury and illness for much of the dryland season, Bjørndalen plays it safe with the first race weekend of the season, and sits out the first event on Saturday.

“I have bad experiences with burning too much fuel right after an altitude camp. So I try to cool my jets now in order to race fast at the World Cup opener in Östersund,” Bjørndalen said to NRK.

Bjørndalen is planning to race the Sunday mass start at Sjusjøen.

Saturday, November 21, features sprint competitions for both men and women, followed by mass start races on Sunday, November 22. The events will be televised by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, and there is also free access to the stadium for all spectators.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) will compete in the mass start on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) will compete in the mass start on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

It’s World Championships all over again

 

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway is the king of nailing his peak performance for Championship events. Last year, the 41-year-old was named the best male athlete of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and he is the most winning winter athlete in history. Photo: Nordic Focus

 

 

Although the dust has barely settled after the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun (SWE), the biathletes are chumping at their bits to get off the line for their World Championships in Finland.

 

The IBU World Championships 2015 take place in Kontiolahti, open with mixed relays tonight at 6:15pm local time (which is one hours ahead of Central European Time). Then the championships continue sprint races for men and women on Saturday, March 7, and conclude with mass start competitions for men and women on Sunday, March 15. But in between, there is plenty of action to look forward to.

 

Legendary biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who was named the best male athlete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia last year, is back at the start line.

 

The master of peaking at just the right time, the 41-year-old sat out several of the last World Cup races in order to nail his fitness for the season highlight.

 

Bjoerndalen will certainly get plenty of competition from all over the biathlon world – including fellow Madshus racers such as Anaïs Bescond of France, Timofey Lapshin and Maxim Tsvetkov of Russia, not to mention his Bjoerndalen’s own teammate Emil Hegle “Super-Svendsen.”

 

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Timofey Lapshin of Russia is one of the top medal candidates in several events at the IBU World Championships. Photo: Nordic Focus

 

Here is your cheat sheet to the action in Finland.

Program IBU World Championships 2015
March 7: Mixed relay (2x6km, 2×7.5km) at 6:15pm
March 7: 10km sprint men at 2:00pm, and sprint women 7.5km at 5:30pm
March 8: pursuit men 12.5km at 2:15pm, and pursuit women 10km at 5pm
March 11: normal competition 15km women at 6:15pm
March 12: normal competition 20km men at 6:15pm
March 13: relay 4x6km women at 6:15pm
March 14: relay men 4×7.5km men at 6:15pm
March 15: mass start 12.5km women at 2:30pm, and mass start 15km men at 5:15pm
(All times are local time in Kontiolahti, CET+1hr)

More about the IBU World Championships

Anaïs Bescond of France has shown impressive results this season and is a medal candidate this week. Photo: Nordic Focus

 

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