Cold Kontiolahti Video
|14.02.2012, Kontiolahti / IBU Info JK|
|Wrap-up of E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon 8|
|E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon 8 ended on Sunday afternoon after three days of competition where the athletes battled not just each other, but extremely cold conditions and slow snow on the tracks.
As one athlete commented after Saturday’s sprint, “The intense cold and the physical effort just drained the energy out of me. When I got back to the hotel, all I wanted to do was sleep.” Yet most came back for one more competition in Sunday’s pursuit.
Before IBU World Championships
This past weekend was the last chance to get in one more good shooting stage or hard competitive effort before the IBU World Championships in Ruhpolding next month.
Magdalena and Kaisa
It was another big weekend for Magdalena Neuner as she continued her domination in the sprint and tightened her grip on the Yellow Bib. At the same time, Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen had a big weekend at home, with second in the sprint and resounding victory in the pursuit to the delight of the hometown crowd. As usual, Belarusian Darya Domracheva provided drama with comebacks in both the sprint and pursuit, while still chasing Neuner for the World Cup Total score title.
Fourcade and Björndalen
In the men’s competitions, France’s Martin Fourcade retook the Yellow Bib, with his sprint victory and second in the pursuit. The story of the weekend was Norway’s Ole Einar Björndalen who picked up his first win since Östersund 2010. That win even impressed the runner-up Fourcade who said, “I am very proud to be second to Ole Einar.”
As if the season had not been good enough for the French team, they also took the mixed relay under extremely harsh conditions, reaffirming their emphasis on team efforts.
The following video “Cold Kontiolahti” takes a quick look at the competitions in Kontiolahti.