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29.10.2015
Training Day at the Soldier Hollow Olympic Venue
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
It is a cool, plus 8 Celsius morning at the 2002 Olympic Biathlon venue at Soldier Hollow, Utah; on the training menu for the US men and women is the standard zeroing, then a 3-loop sprint race, with just enough recovery time to reload magazines, followed by an equally quick 5-loop pursuit race. That is just the appetizer. After these 30-plus minutes of fast training; the real work for the day begins. Multiple 8-minute loops with shooting bouts, through the dry, desert-like hilly tracks, that encircle the 2002 Soldier Hollow Olympic Biathlon venue.
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29.10.2015
1 Month to Östersund; Long Uphill Rollerski for US Men
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
Today marks 31 days until the new BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season kicks off with single and regular mixed relays on November 29 at the Swedish National Biathlon Arena in Östersund, Sweden. From that point onwards until late March, it is all about competitions, recovery small doses of training.
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27.10.2015
Karolin Horchler’s Goal: Qualify for World Cup Team
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As the season gets closer and closer, most athletes have already had their first on-snow training. One of the most popular places this October was the Dachstein glacier. The German 1a and 1b women's teams were no exception; having just returned home from Austria.
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22.10.2015
October: Snow and End of Summer Training
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
The transition to on-snow training continues, but one team still has a national rollerski competition this week as the first competitions in Östersund loom in just over five weeks. Single mixed relay and regular mixed relay kick off the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season on Sunday November 29. With those first competitions getting extremely close, most of the World Cup teams have been on snow someplace in the past few weeks. With lots of reports and many great photos floating through social media, here is a round-up of what some of the teams have been doing.
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19.10.2015
Big Year Continues as Katja Yurlova Marries in Austria
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Ekaterina Yurlova's big year of 2015 just got better as she was married to Josef Percht on Saturday at the town hall in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria. Back in March, Yurlova had the first individual podium of her career when she claimed the title of World Champion by taking the women's 15K individual at the IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti. She ended the season with two top 10 finishes at the World Cup final in Khanty Mansiysk; all her best results since 2011. This summer she continued her training plan from last year; training outside of the team under the guidance of her father.
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15.10.2015
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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13.10.2015
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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07.10.2015
Summertime Photos: Adventure, Family, Favorite Places
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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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06.10.2015
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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01.10.2015
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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