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“I’m finally at the very top of the podium”

Vanessa Hinz (GER) can hardly believe she won the 12.5km mass start at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Kontiolahti (FIN). Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz (GER) can hardly believe she won the 12.5km mass start at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Kontiolahti (FIN). Photo: Nordic Focus

Emotional first World Cup victory for biathlete Vanessa Hinz (GER) on Sunday.

Hinz shot clean in the 12.5-kilometer mass start on Sunday, which was a first for the 25-year-old.

“After so doubting myself so many times, I’m finally at the very top of the podium. It’s almost unbelievable,” Hinz said after the race in Kontiolahti (FIN).

“So often, I have had a bad luck at the range, but the margins were on my side,” she said of her first World Cup victory.

Also at the Kontiolahti World Cup, Anastasiya Merkushyna and Dmytro Pidrushnyl helped Ukraine to second place in the IBU biathlon mixed relay.

Three double podiums

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers dominate both the biathlon and cross-country World Cup competitions on Sunday.

First, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earn her first World Cup victory of the season, winning the 10-kilometer skate race in Davos (SUI) by five seconds.

“A race like this is what I train for every day of the year. I started out conservatively, and I really had no idea I was skiing all that fast, but the coaches kept telling me I as ahead. This was a fantastic day for me, and Davos is my favorite World Cup venue,” Østberg said after the race.

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) snagged the last podium spot, her second World Cup podium this season.

The next FIS World Cup races take place in Toblach (ITA) on December 16-17.

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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

At the IBU Biathlon World Cup relay, Ole Einar Bjørndalen helped Norway to a spectacular victory. The Norwegian team won by a 2-minute margin in the challenging conditions in Hochfilzen (AUT). Benedikt Doll skied the second leg for Germany, who was second after beating France by 40 seconds.

In the women’s relay, Vanessa Hinz skied the first leg for Germany and laid the foundation for first place, while Anais Bescond anchored France to third place.

The IBU World Cup now moves on to Annecy (FRA) on Dec 14 to 17 for the final round before Christmas.

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

6 World Championship Medals

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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

 

“First place feels really special”

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 earns his first World Championship gold medal, while Ole Einar Bjørndalen collects his 45th medal.

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

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, the first event at the championships.

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Vanessa Hinz (GER) helped Germany to gold in the mixed relay the opening event at the 2017 IBU world championships in Hochfilzen (AUT). Here from the pursuit on Sunday Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to gold in the mixed relay the opening event at the 2017 IBU world championships in Hochfilzen (AUT). Here from the pursuit on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

First individual gold medal
On Saturday, Benedikt Doll (GER) went all the way to the top of the podium. 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 to reporters after his race.

It was only the third time in his entire career that Doll shot clean.

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Benedikt Doll (GER) hauled into gold in the sprint on Saturday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Benedikt Doll (GER) hauled into gold in the sprint on Saturday. Photo: Nordic Focus

The king delivers
On Sunday, 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.

“That means a lot for the rest of the championships, and I’m excited. If you have the perfect day, it doesn’t matter what the event is. But everything has to fall into place. I hope to do it again this week.”

The IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen (AUT) continues with the women’s 15km individual competition on Wednesday, the men’s 20km individual competition on Thursday, the women’s relay on Friday, men’s relay on Saturday and concludes with mass start events for both men and women on Sunday.

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

German Team Power

Benedikt Doll (GER) at the IBU world cup biathlon in Antholz (ITA), this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus
Benedikt Doll (GER) at the IBU world cup biathlon in Antholz (ITA), this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

Benedikt Doll (GER) at the IBU world cup biathlon in Antholz (ITA), this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

Germany earns three World Cup relay podiums in two days.

Madshus racers contributed to five World Cup relay podium this weekend, between the biathlon World Cup in Anterselva (ITA) and the cross-country World Cup in Ulricehamn (SWE).

On Saturday, the German biathlon relay team powers into a photo finish first place in the men’s 4×7.5km, with Benedikt Doll skiing the second leg for his team.

On Sunday, the German women follow suit, with Vanessa Hinz on the first leg setting the stage for the victory in the 4x6km relay. France snagged second place in the women’s relay, with Anaïs Bescond skiing the third leg for her team.

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Vanessa Hinz (GER) at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Antholz (ITA) this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz (GER) at the IBU biathlon World Cup in Antholz (ITA) this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

At the cross-country World Cup on Sunday, Sandra Ringwald anchored Germany to second place in the women’s 4x5km relay, beating Sweden by 0.2 second. This was the first World Cup podium for Germany since 2010.

“I did not want to be fourth again. I managed to stay in contact with Hanna (Falck). At the finish, I gave everything I had. It is absolutely amazing to be second,” Ringwald said after her race.

Norway won the women’s cross-country relay, 8 seconds ahead of Germany. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng left their teammates in a good position after skiing the first and second leg, respectively, for Norway.

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Sandra Ringwald (GER) at the FIS world cup in Ulricehamn (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Sandra Ringwald (GER) at the FIS world cup in Ulricehamn (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

On Saturday, Krista Pärmäkoski was second at the 10k skate race in Ulricehamn (SWE).

“I had a great day. I have proven to myself I can ski fast also in free technique. Of course 10 km Classic in Lahti is the big goal for me.”

For Pärmäkoski, this was a significant race in terms of preparing for the World Championships at home in Lahti (FIN) at the end of February.

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd in the 10km skate race at the FIS cross-country World Cup in Ulricehamn (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd in the 10km skate race at the FIS cross-country World Cup in Ulricehamn (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

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