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14.01.2014
Real Winter in Antholz; The Bear is Smiling
Copyright IBU/Jerry Kokesh
The Antholz Bear is smiling for good reason as he overlooks the stadium. Entering the Antholz Valley, it looks like much of central Europe, patches of snow in the open fields with a light dusting on the trees a hundred meters or so above. It remains pretty much like that until the final kilometer before the stadium when the fields and forest turn white, covered with 60 cm or so of natural snow that fell from the sky, not from snow guns. The Bear is smiling because he is presiding over a beautiful winter scene.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Inside Track Wrap-up with Emil & Gabi Video
Copyright IBU/Ernst Wukits
Two athletes dominated the competitions this week in Ruhpolding: Emil Hegle Svendsen and Gabriela Soukalova. After winning the individual competitions, they both came back for uncontested wire-to-wire wins in the pursuit.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Double for Svendsen
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Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway matched women's pursuit winner Gabriela Soukalova by taking his second win in a row here in the men's pursuit. His clean shooting carried the Norwegian to a 32:38.2 win, 18 seconds ahead of Jakov Fak of Slovenia, who also shot clean. Third went to Russia's Evegeny Garanichev, with one penalty, 21,4 seconds back.
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12.01.2014
Ruhpolding Win Number Two for Soukalova
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Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic started first and remained in that position for the whole competition, winning for the second time this week in Ruhpolding. She hit every target while covering the 10K in 30:39.8, 9.7 seconds ahead of Norway's Tora Berger, with one penalty. Third, 38.9 seconds back was Kaisa Mäkäräinen, with three penalties.
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11.01.2014
Svendsen Victorious in Ruhpolding 20K
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Emil Hegle Svendsen won for the third time in four competitions since the start of the New Year, claiming the 20K individual in 48:58.5, with one penalty. Svendsen also won the sprint and pursuit last week in Oberhof. Second and third went to Russians Alexey Volkov and Evegeny Ustyugov, 14.6 and 16.5 seconds back, respectively. Volkov shot clean while Ustyugov had a single penalty.
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11.01.2014
Lunch in the IBU Family Club with Bjorn and JP Video
Copyright IBU/Biathlonworld TV
Every World Cup venue has an IBU Family Club where the athletes and staff can get a hot meal or snack all day long without having to go back to their hotel. It is also a great place to hang out, do e-mail and have a coffee.
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10.01.2014
Soukalova Takes Ruhpolding 15K
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Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic made it two-for-two this season in the 15K individual by winning in 40:32.6, with one penalty. She also won the only other 15K this season last month in Östersund. Second went to Darya Domracheva of Belarus, with two penalties in the finals standing stage, 34.3 seconds back. Third went Soukalova's teammate, Veronika Vitkova who shot clean.
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10.01.2014
A Peek Behind the Doors...at the Salomon S-Lab
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Sitting in an industrial park in the northern suburbs of Annecy France are several buildings that look like thousands of others in similar locations worldwide; the rather non-descript looking flat-roofed factory/warehouse style that supplies most of the world's needs. Yet this particular complex is actually something out of the ordinary; it is Salomon's Annecy Design Center (ADC) or the S-Lab as it is fondly known. This place oozes creativity, from the engineering department to design studios to the sewing, testing and sample production areas. The S-Lab is the source of all of the creatively designed running shoes, ski boots, apparel and skis produced by Salomon.
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09.01.2014
Landertinger Sprints to Austrian Relay Win
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Although the conditions were similar to the women's yesterday, the men, trying to shoot faster from the start used a few more spare rounds. Only Johannes Thingnes Boe picked up penalties (three) in the first prone stage. He tagged his brother 1:52.8 behind Latvia, Italy and Germany in that order who were leading the 24 teams. Things sorted out a bit in the second leg as Andi Birnbacher only used a single spare round to bring his team into first position at the second exchange. Russia was 12 seconds back and Sweden, after a strong Bjorn Ferry leg was in third, 16 seconds back; 6 seconds ahead of Italy.
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08.01.2014
Russian Women Take Ruhpolding Relay
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The Russian women, with seven spare rounds won the 4 X 6K relay this afternoon in 1:09:42.2, finishing 6.2 seconds ahead of Germany, who had one penalty and five spare rounds. Norway, despite two early penalties came back from over one minute back at one point to finish third, 16.7 seconds back. Ukraine finished fourth, 37.7 seconds back, followed by France and Belarus, 1:32.4 and 1:37.8 back.
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