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

Brilliant Weather in Otepää for IBU Summer Biathlon WCH

Brilliant blue skies and perfect weather was the backdrop for today's official training at the 2016 IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in Otepää, Estonia. Twenty-one teams with 52 junior men, 46 junior women, 60 men, and 51 women are on hand for this annual rollerski, rifles and shorts extravaganza. Medals are at stake in the mixed relay, sprint and pursuit in the junior and senior categories, with the mixed relays on tap for Friday.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Summer Biathlon WCH: Big Names and Returning Champs

This week's IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in Otepää, Estonia will feature six returning individual champions from 2015, plus a group of World Cup stars that should make these 2016 Championships very competitive.

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Canadians Find Summer Snow in New Zealand

Summer training usually means cycling, running, rollerskiing combo workouts and hiking in shorts and t-shirts. However for the past 3 weeks, the Canadian Eh! (A) Team has been bundled up like in winter gear, skiing on natural snow at New Zealand's Snow Farm in the Southern Alps.

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Marte Olsbu: Almost a Graduate

How do you find time to study if you pursue a career of a top-level biathlete? Despite long training days, constant travel and the pressure of competitions, many biathletes manage to earn university degrees. Norway’s Marte Olsbu shared her recipe for success in biathlon and education: individual study, off-season exams and flexibility.

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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Maren Hammerschmidt: Fighting for Animal Rights

The 2015-16 season was a breakthrough year for Germany’s Maren Hammerschmidt, who had her first career podium in the Hochfilzen sprint; then adding another second place in the next day’s pursuit. “I cannot describe my feelings.” A Relay Bronze medal at the 2016 IBU WCH was the “Cherry on Top” of her big year. Most biathletes packed their bags for the beach at season’s end; Hammerschmidt caught the plane to Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. She spent there five days, volunteering in one of the biggest dog shelters in the country.

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Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Snack Time with Ole, Doro, Grete, Katja, and Friends

Refueling your body is a crucial part of every training and competition day for biathletes; fast refueling means quicker recovery. Every athlete including Ole Einar Björndalen, Dorothea Wierer, Grete Gaim,and Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht has a personal favorite go-to-snack, which can range from a simple fruit to cookies to special recipes.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

IBU Summer Biathlon WCH Coming to Otepää

The 2016 IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships are coming to Otepää, Estonia August 26-28. Traditionally, the SBWCH mark the transition point of the year, from the old season to a new one that begins in just over three months.

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0000

The Three Musketeers of French Biathlon

It is hard to overestimate the role of family dynasties in sports, with traditions and lifestyles that continue from generation to generation. The world of biathlon is full of families including Anton Shipulin and Anastasiya Kuzmina, Simon and Martin Fourcade, Valja and Vita Semerenko. However the three Claude brothers, all competing in biathlon at the same time are unique.

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Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Public Tender: IBU website relaunch

Public tender for the relaunch of the website of the International Biathlon Union and the creation of its digital media platforms

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Weronika Nowakowska: Time at Home, Twins on the Way

July usually means another trip to a training camp for Weronika Nowakowska and her Polish teammates. However, this July finds Nowakowska at home in Duzniki Zdrój, spending the afternoon visiting her grandmother and getting advice; the 30-year-old biathlete is expecting twin boys in mid-September."She always gives me advice; today it was, 'eat more since you are eating for three,' and of course she sent some food home with me!"

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Hochfilzen 2017: “Topping Out” Ceremony and Countdown

The Hochfilzen 2017 Organizing Committee held a "topping out" ceremony at their new main administrative building, the centerpiece for operations for the 2017 IBU World Championships next February. The five-story building which overlooks the finish area will house offices, data-timing workrooms, commentator cabins and the VIP stand.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Press Release: IBU Statement on the WADA McLaren Report

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

A Sunny Training Day with Marie and Simon

A few days before heading to Norway for a team training camp and the Blink festival races, Marie Dorin Habert and Simon Fourcade are at "home," rollerskiing on the trails at sun-drenched Correncon-en-Vercors. It is just another normal day when not in a training camp for these two residents of Villard de Lans, France, just 5 km down the valley.

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Belchenko and Maier: Top Women in IBU Junior Cup

Unlike the men's IBU Junior Cup Total Score, where the top places were filled by athletes from the strongest biathlon nations: Germany's Dominic Reiter, and Russia's Kirill Streltsov and Nikita Porshnev; the women's Total Score everything was more unpredictable. Darya Blashko from Belarus won the title, followed by Elizaveta Belchenko of Kazakhstan and Germany's Christin Maier.

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Press Release: Oberhof Withdraws from 2021 WCH Bid

At the 12th Regular IBU Congress 2016, taking place September, 1-4 in Chisinau-Moldova, the Congress delegates will decide about the hosts of the IBU World Championships Biathlon in 2020 and 2021.

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Marriage for Dasha and Ole Einar

Late last Saturday evening, a single photo announced the "biathlon wedding of the year," Darya Domracheva and Ole Einar Björndalen were now man and wife. The photo was accompanied with a single line, "What a nice day."

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Martin and Friends: Cycling the Long Road to Gavarnie

An almost clear sky at sunrise was a nice change from the previous rainy day as Martin Fourcade and three friends set out at 8 am on an out-and–back cycling tour of almost 100 km through the Pyrenees. The planned trip from Argeles Gazost to the top of the Gavarnie Col de Tentes at 2208 meters would be Fourcade's second big cycling tour of high peaks in the past four days. Just three days prior, he had cycled about 90 km to the top of the legendary Col du Tourmalet, just a day after the Tour de France had passed over one of the hardest climbs of the 23-day event.

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Cows, Rain, One Fan and a Long Uphill for Martin

It is 9:15 AM and the streets of the small of Pierrefitte-Nestalas in the French Pyrenees are quiet, except for one sound, the "clack, clack, clack" of Martin Fourcade's ski poles as they hit the pavement. Ahead is a solitary 19K uphill trek to Lac d'Estaing, climbing from 460 meters to 1163 meters, followed by a fast downhill through rural France on a single lane road; just another day at the summer office for the top-ranked biathlete in the world.

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Press Release: IBU Includes Single Mixed Relay in WCH

Subject: The IBU Includes the Single Mixed Relay in World Championships; the New Format Scheduled for 2019 WCH

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Russian Men’s Team: Training in Rainy Ruhpolding

The Russian Men’s National team (Ricco Gross/Vladimir Bragin group) held a training camp in Ruhpolding this month. In between heavy rain and hard training, the team found a good balance between fun and work.

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

June Camps: Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking in the Summer Sun

May marked the start of training for the new season. Now, with summer officially here as of June 20; the "sunshine season" began along with another step in the training cycle for many teams; the first longer camps away from home with a few twists to the traditional running/shooting routine.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

A Big Season for Russian Juniors Streltsov and Porshnev

Consistent hard work is the key to success for any athlete hoping to reach the highest level in any sport. However, not every sport provides the opportunity for young athletes to compete and gain experience against their international peers on a regular basis. Yet in biathlon, the newly created IBU Junior Cup fills this gap with a program comparable to the World Cup and IBU Cup. These competitions give the brightest stars of the future international experience at the highest level, taking them one step closer to the "big-time" World Cup and major championships. Two young Russian men Kirill Streltsov and Nikita Porshnev were among the brightest stars last season in the IBU Junior Cup.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Canadian Women’s “#Wine Camp” with a French Flair

A guest suite at teammate's family home in Canadian wine country, good road cycling, roller skiing, running trails, and a new training partner, France's Anais Bescond were all the ingredients necessary for the Canadian women to dub their second training camp of the season, #winecamp. The idea for the now-annual camp in Kelowna, British Columbia came during the 2015 IBU WCH. According to Rosanna Crawford, "Coach Roddy Ward, Julia Ransom and I were talking about summer training and Julia said, "Let's have a training camp at my place!"

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

New Training Complex for French Team at Premanon

The French Team started their annual two-week training camp last week at the National Training Center in Premanon just as the federation opened the new Nordic Pavilion built especially for the disciplines of biathlon, cross-country and Nordic combined.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Tragic Accident; Biathlon Family Rallies to Tisyeyeva

Biathlon is a special kind of sport where the battles on the track end at the finish line; after that, everyone is part of a big sport family which is always there with help and support.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Justine Braisaz: My Summer in Nepal

Before heading to the training camp with French team Justine Braisaz, spent two weeks in Nepal on a volunteer mission, living with a Nepalese family, teaching English to small children at school and working at rehabilitation center. This trip turned out to be a life-changing experience for the 19-year-old biathlete.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Press Release: World Championships Bids 2020 and 2021

At the 12th Regular IBU Congress 2016, taking place September, 1-4 in Chisinau-Moldova, the Congress delegates will decide about the hosts of the IBU Biathlon World Championships in 2020 and 2021.

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Erlend Slokvik Elected President of Norwegian Biathlon

The Norwegian Biathlon Association (NSSF) elected Erlend Slokvik as its new President at the NSSF Congress the last weekend in May. Slokvik is no newcomer to biathlon, coaching starting in 2002, after a successful career in ski-orienteering, where he won World Championships Relay Bronze medals in 1988 and 1990. He then was Head Coach of the Norwegian ski-orienteering team, before moving to biathlon. He has worked in the Norwegian Olympic Committee and was NSSF Vice-president for the past eight years, actively working on the Organizing Committee for this year’s IBU WCH in Oslo.

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Sun, 05 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Retirement for Alexander Os…and More Athletes

The end of May saw another biathlete Norway's Alexander Os added to the list of retirements this spring.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 22:00:00 +0000

Back in Business: First Training Camps Home and Away

Most athletes have been getting back into the training routine at home over the past couple of weeks. Now, they are getting back in business with the first official training camps preparing for the 2016-17 season. These first camps are mostly about volume training, restarting the shooting program with slow-fire shooting for accuracy; basic preparation for the hard summer months to come.

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