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Derničres nouvelles de l'Union Internationale de Biathlon (IBU)

IBU Press Release

IBU Press Release: Decisions of the IBU Executive Board against the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) in the cases of the Russian biathletes.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown: Belarus, Austria, Kaisa, Doro and…

4 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! Beyond the strongest teams, there are many top individuals and nations that battled for the podium last season and surely will again this season. Among those are the Belarusian women, the Austrian men, and top individuals like Jakov Fak, Fredrik Lindström, Kaisa, and Dorothea Wierer.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown: 2015-16 IBU Guide Now Available

5 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! The 2015-16 IBU Guide is now available as a downloadable PDF file on our website,

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown—French Team: Stars and Relays

6 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! Only one team had a better all-around performance last season than the French Team and that was Germany. France finished third in both the Men's and Women's Nations Cup, with Martin Fourcade claiming the World Cup Total Score plus the Sprint and Pursuit Cups, while Marie Dorin-Habert won the Sprint and Pursuit World Championships and Silver medals in the relay and mixed relay. Yet they were not the total story for France, the men also claimed a Bronze relay medal, and were part of the mixed relay Silver. There was strong support from Anais Bescond, Enora Latuilliere, Simon Fourcade and Quentin Fillon Maillet.

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown—Norwegian Men: Star Power

10 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! The Norwegian men ended last season with a handful of successes, mainly claiming the Nations Cup for the second year in a row; the fourth time in the last six seasons. Beyond that there was a share of the Mixed Relay Cup with the women, young Johannes Thingnes Boe in 5th in the Total Score and five WCH medals by Sprint World Champion Tarjei Boe. No question that when Emil Hegle Svendsen and Ole Einar Björndalen are added to the mix, this is a talented team filled with more true stars than any other.

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown—Russian Men: Stars and a New Coach

12 days until the season-opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! Last season ended in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia with Anton Shipulin on the podium three times in three competitions, but missing the victory in the World Cup Total Score, with second place behind Martin Fourcade. Shipulin's excellent season once again was the highlight reel for the Russian men. Yet this traditionally strong team still managed to finish fourth in the World Cup Total Score, with Shipulin winning the mass start crystal globe and the men's relay doing the same despite their disappointing fourth place at the IBU World Championships. Many nations would be thrilled with any of the above results, but with Russia's rich biathlon heritage, both the team and fans expected more.

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown—Medalists Lead Czech Team

17 Days until the Season-Opening Mixed Relays in Östersund! The Czech Republic was one of only three teams, including Germany and France, that placed both their men (5th) and women (2nd) in the top 5 in last season's Nations Cup. That is a big accomplishment and step up for a team that just 5 years ago was 9th and 12th in those same competitions.

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown—German Powerhouse Returns

19 Days until the Season-Opening Mixed Relays in Östersund, where Germany looks like it have one of the best all-around teams. This is not the glory days of the early 2000's but the combined German men and women definitely look like they will be a powerhouse team this season. It was not that long ago, that it all seemed like doom and gloom for the German Biathlon teams; accidents, juniors moving up almost too quickly to the World Cup and retirements took a toll on the team's once renowned depth. There were only two medals in Sochi, by Erik Lesser and the men's relay team.

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Östersund Countdown--Ukrainian Women: Hard Work, Focus

24 Days until the season-opening mixed relays in Östersund! Like many teams, the Ukrainian team headed north to Sjusjřen for on-snow training earlier this week. They arrived to find temperatures near plus 10 and minimal snow. Assessing the situation, first-year Women's Coach Uroš Velepec said, dryly, "We brought roller skis!"

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Training Day at the Soldier Hollow Olympic Venue

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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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:00:00 +0000

1 Month to Östersund; Long Uphill Rollerski for US Men

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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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:00:00 +0000

Karolin Horchler’s Goal: Qualify for World Cup Team

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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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:00:00 +0000

October: Snow and End of Summer Training

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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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Big Year Continues as Katja Yurlova Marries in Austria

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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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Cooled Track Skiing Open in Tyumen, Kontiolahti

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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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Rifles: Art, Fashion or Simply Equipment

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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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Summertime Photos: Adventure, Family, Favorite Places

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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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Lukas Hofer; Amazing Feeling Back on Snow

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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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Russia Men’s Coach Ricco Gross: Responsible for Success

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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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Sergey Semenov: “Starting from Scratch”

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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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

New Season Fast Approaching; Fall Training Update

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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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Peter Sendel New German Men’s IBU Cup Coach

43-year-old Peter Sendel who worked with Ricco Gross during the IBU Cup season has been selected to be the Men's Head Coach for the German IBU Cup team.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Finland’s Marco Laaksonen Says, “Hit the Targets”

"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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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Belarusian Team Back Home at Raubichi

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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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

A New Baby and a Birthday for Martin Fourcade

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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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

End of Summer Update: Catching Up with Kaisa

With summer quickly fading into fall, Kaisa Mäkäräinen was training in Obertilliach, Austria with three other teammates and Finland's Head Coach Marco Laaksonen. Mäkäräinen has been all over central Europe this summer, "following the sun," as she describes her travels, with a laugh. She quickly added, "I was home in Finland for most of August and it was quite nice." However, on a 12 degree Celsius, cloudy day, she admits that, "summer may be over."

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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Five Questions for Jakov Fak

When we last saw Jakov Fak, he was crossing the finish line as the winner of the final competition of the 2014-15 season, the men's mass start in Khanty Mansiysk. As a new season approaches, Fak is looking forward to another season like or better than last year. That means topping 3rd in the World Cup Total Score and his Mass Start World Championship. Without being specific about his goals, he commented, "When I look at last season and my third place in the Total Score; the big difference is victories."

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Mon, 07 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Romanian Biathlon: Moving Up Video

Romania hosted this past weekend's IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships, the first major biathlon competition ever conducted in that country. However, the sport is quite small in Romania while its World Cup team struggles to be competitive.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Uros Velepec: Coaching the Ukrainian Team Video

Uros Velepec coached in Slovenia for 13 years, but this season moved on to a new challenge: coaching the successful Ukrainian Women's team that is full of medal-winning athletes.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Gold for Otcenas and Ungureanu in Pursuit at SBWCH

Slovakia's Martin Otcenas and Romania's Marius Ungureanu moved up from Bronze and Silver medals respectively in the sprint to claim Gold in today's pursuit competitions at the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships.

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