Cooled Track Skiing Open in Tyumen, Kontiolahti
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Natural snow fell this week across parts of central Europe, while the French and other teams were preparing to ski in the tunnel in Oberhof. At the same time, the Russian and Polish teams were on the glacier at Ramsau. Yet in Tyumen Russia and Kontiolahti, Finland, there were well-prepared tracks at the biathlon stadiums; both have cooled tracks covered with natural stored snow.
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Rifles: Art, Fashion or Simply Equipment
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
A biathlete's rifle is a crucial piece of equipment that, like good skis that can be the pathway to either brilliant success or crashing failure. Of course there are many other factors like talent, fitness, health, and weather conditions that can affect performance. However, the rifle offers one big difference from almost every other piece of equipment that a biathlete has; it can be customized. That customization goes from brilliant colors and designs to sponsor and national team stickers. The possibilities are endless; the rifle sometimes becomes an extension of the athlete's personality.
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Summertime Photos: Adventure, Family, Favorite Places
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
As the new season grows ever so near and warm summer days disappear into memory, numerous athletes shared some special photos and thoughts from Summer 2015.
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Lukas Hofer; Amazing Feeling Back on Snow
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Italy's Lukas Hofer stepped onto natural snow for the first time on September 26 atop the Dachstein Glacier; the first time since last spring, "It was an amazing feeling to be back on snow; I felt great from the first step! I felt like I could do everything that we worked on this summer with the roller skis." That was a positive step for the Italian Olympic medalist who missed this camp last fall with a shoulder injury. The injury plus shooting problems resulted in a season that really never got on track.
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Russia Men’s Coach Ricco Gross: Responsible for Success
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Biathlon coaches are always under the microscope; nowhere are coaches more watched by the fans and media than in Russia, where biathlon is a source of pride and success is expected. Last week at the Russian Summer Biathlon Championships in Tchaikovsky, the Russian Men's Head Coach Ricco Gross was the man under the microscope as stood behind the scope in his new position for the first time at an official competition. Gross, the multiple Olympic and World Champion from Germany took over the job in August after coaching the German IBU Cup team last season and before that working with German Women's World Cup team. Now, he is learning how to work with a totally new group of athletes, a new system, and a new language, where he admits, he knows, "a few key words."
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Sergey Semenov: “Starting from Scratch”
Copyright IBU/Mariya Osolodkina
After all of the huge volume and hard work that athletes have put in during the summer, very soon most of the teams will go to their first on-snow training camps. The leader of the Ukrainian National team, who also won the crystal globe for the individual competition, Sergey Semenov is looking forward for the first snow camp as well. He quickly pointed out that the award he received last season was very important and pleasant for him, but now he tries to forget about it. Semenov will start the new season from scratch with new goals.
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New Season Fast Approaching; Fall Training Update
Copyright IBU/Regina Oja
Over the past month, most teams have been switching to more biathlon specific training; i.e. more rollerskiing/shooting combination training, less long cycling tours, and national rollerski competitions as pre-season tests. It is just over two months until the new season kicks off with IBU Cup 1 in Idre, Sweden on November 28 and the BMW World Cup season starts the next day with the mixed relay in Östersund.
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Finland’s Marco Laaksonen Says, “Hit the Targets”
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
"We have two top athletes, Kaisa and Mari; after there is a big gap," is how Finland's Head Coach Marco Laaksonen sums up his team. "We have to do something with everyone else in order for them to move up in the results, so we are focusing on hitting targets. If we can hit more targets, their results will improve." That is just part of the plan to make the Finnish team, known for mostly for Kaisa's exploits, simply get better and be more competitive. During a camp in Obertilliach with his 4-person A team, Laaksonen talked about his strategy and what the team has been doing this summer after the IBU World Championships last season in Kontiolahti.
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Belarusian Team Back Home at Raubichi
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After extended camps at Pokljuka and in France, the Belarusian men and women are back home at Raubichi as the new season approaches. They have just completed a two–week camp, will take a short break and return on September 23 for another training block and some national summer biathlon competitions.
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A New Baby and a Birthday for Martin Fourcade
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On Friday September 11, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion and World Cup Total Score titlist Martin Fourcade became a father for the first time with the birth of a daughter, Manon.
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