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Berger Tops in Women’s Biathlon Mass Start

Just as she did at World Championships last year, Tora Berger won the mass start in Ruhpolding, Germany, today, missing a single target to take a 26-second victory over Darya Domracheva of Belarus. With nobody in the field shooting clean, the Norwegian used strong skiing to dominate the race; Domracheva was faster on the trails, but had one more penalty. Olga Zaitseva of Russia was third +37.8, with one penalty.

After an impressive performance in the sprint, Germany’s Miriam Gossner was unable to keep the ball rolling, picking up six penalties to finish eighth for the home team. Gossner is the closest challenger for Berger’s yellow bib, but the Norwegian’s win today means she’ll stay in the lead of the World Cup total score for longer.

No American or Canadian women qualified for the 30-woman competition.


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Ullrich Takes Over as German Head Coach

Following the unexpected resignation of German head cross country coach Jochen Behle, the nation’s former biathlon coach, Frank Ullrich, will immediately take over the position, according to XC-Ski.de.

Behle stepped down three weeks ago after more than 10 years with the team. Ullrich, 54, was the head coach of Germany’s national biathlon team in 2010 and a nine-time World Champion and 1980 Olympic gold medalist in biathlon. He coached the German men’s team to four gold medals and later coached junior biathletes.

He said accepting the new position wasn’t an easy decision, given the cross-country team’s success over the years under Behle.

“This is a great challenge that I accept very willingly and with full commitment,” Ullrich said in a translated interview with XC Ski. “Now we must work to make the necessary structural and training-methodological choices … as quickly as possible to build on the great successes of recent years. The work certainly does not happen overnight. But both the ladies and the men, we have some in our ranks who can exploit their potential certainly a little better. This is what we are now working together.”


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Biathlon Roundup: An Engagement, A Baby, Relay Quotes, and the U26 Roster

-Two Canadian biathletes had a few more words to say about their teams’ relay performances in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, this weekend. The first was Brendan Green, who scrambled for the men’s team. Despite being their top-ranked athlete in the overall World Cup standings, Green used five spare rounds to hit his ten targets and tagged off in 13th. He was sick, and said that he “was just happy to make it through the day,” but that didn’t explain his shooting.

“Conditions yesterday were perfect, so I have no excuse for my shooting and having to use as many spare round as I did,” he told FasterSkier in an e-mail. “It’s frustrating but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Thankfully the other guys were able to perform solid and keep us in the running throughout the race.”

-The top-ranked Canadian woman, Zina Kocher, explained that both Rosanna Crawford and Melanie Schultz had also been sick the previous week, making a top relay finish far from a sure thing. But the women came through and finished ninth, tying their best in the last few years.

“We’ve done two relays this year and both relays have been consistent solid races finishing 9th,” Kocher said. “Yesterday we were so close to 7th and 8th, that a top 8 is possible for us. A few less spare rounds in the range would have had us there.”

She said that the uncharacteristically high number of spare rounds used by the field might have had something to do with the altitude, which at roughly 3400 feet is the highest on the circuit.

“Shooting conditions were pretty good, but I think the altitude in Antholz, and the range approach can make it difficult for clean shooting here,” she said. “It can take athletes by surprise.”

-The U.S. women were less pleased with their 13th-place finish in the relay. Susan Dunklee had this to say:

“To have a good relay, four people have to have decent shooting and decent skiing all on the same day. That’s a lot of pieces that need to come together. We know we have the ability to place in the top ten in this field- the most important relay of the season is World Championships, and that is still to come.”

-Dunklee’s relay teammate Annelies Cook recently got engaged to Pat Coffey, who coaches developing and national team athletes in Lake Placid. Congrats, you two!

-2006 Olympican Carolyn Treacy Bramante and her husband Anthony Bramante, meanwhile, welcomed a son named Leo to the world this weekend. Congrats again!

-Finally, the Under-26/Open European Championships are set to kick off in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia on Friday. The U.S. will field a team including Laura Spector, Hannah Dreissigacker, Russell Currier, Leif Nordgren, Mark Johnson, and Casey Smith. The event is not a part of Canada’s national team program this year.

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Neuner Doubles Up with Oberhof Mass Start Victory

Now this isn’t how it usually goes: on the podium of the IBU World Cup mass start in Oberhof, Germany on Sunday, the more penalties the better, if you were on the podium finisher.

Magdalena Neuner of Germany, who rebounded back from a relay debacle on Wednesday with a victory in Friday’s sprint, won yet again despite having three penalties in the 12.5 k competition. She beat Tora Berger of Norway by 12 seconds even though Berger had two penalties, while third-place Andrea Henkel of Germany had missed a single shot.

The 28,000 fans packing the Oberhof trail system may have given Neuner the strength she needed to drop Berger, who is another one of the circuit’s fastest women.

“The penalties did not faze me,” Neuner said in a press conference after the race. “I was always close to the lead and felt all day like I had enough power to handle Tora and Andrea. I was very relaxed all day.”

The race was hit by another snowstorm, which made skiing slow and shooting difficult; only a single woman, Marie Laure Brunet of France, shot clean through all four stages.


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U.S. Men Lack Top Form in Oberhof Sprint

In Saturday’s World Cup sprint in Oberhof, Germany, the U.S. men were able to improve on Susan Dunklee’s 35th-place showing from Friday, but not by much. Veteran Jay Hakkinen led the squad with a 28th-place finish; he had a single penalty and skied the 10 k course with the 45th-fastest time.

Hakkinen was just under a minute and a half behind victor Arnd Peiffer of Germany, who edged Simon Fourcade of France by 1.1 seconds despite having one penalty while Fourcade cleaned. It was a tight race at the top: Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia was third, less than five seconds behind Peiffer.

While the result was not Hakkinen’s best of the season – he finished 9th in a pursuit in Hochfilzen, Austria in December – it was a major improvement on a wind-marred relay performance from earlier this week.

“Today was not too bad of a race with only one penalty, decent skiing and World Cup points,” Hakkinen wrote on his blog. “It was very good for my confidence to get the result after the tough relay conditions.”

Tim Burke was the next American, placing 36th with three penalties, all of which came in the standing stage. After the initial prone stage, Burke was ranked 12th.

Lowell Bailey finished 20 seconds behind him in 45th thanks to four penalties.

“It was not a good day for me on the range,” Bailey wrote in an e-mail to FasterSkier. “I felt pretty good in the shooting sessions previous to this race, but today things just didn’t come together. There was very little wind so I can’t really blame the misses on that! Just one of those days. I did feel good skiing though.”

The last U.S. starter, Leif Nordgren, placed 70th with three penalties.

Bailey, at least, will have a chance for redemption in Sunday’s 15 k mass start event. The field is limited to 30 due to space on the shooting range, with the top 25 men in the World Cup overall getting start rights as well as the next five men from the preceding sprint. Bailey, ranked 12th, received one of the automatic spots, while Hakkinen is on the edge due to his top-30 performance; he is currently on the start list as an alternate in case other racers drop, but it’s unlikely that he’ll get the start. That would leave just one American in the prestigious event.

“I’m looking forward to another chance in tomorrow’s mass start,” Bailey wrote.

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Italy Wins Men’s Biathlon Relay, U.S. 11th

Two days, two types of less-than-ideal conditions in Oberhof, Germany. Today brought a snowstorm and huge gusts of wind which led to an uncharacteristically high number of missed shots in the World Cup men’s biathlon relay.

At the end of the night, Italy had collected just five penalties, the least in the field, and took the win by six seconds over Russia; although Italy was often close, the Russians had led almost the whole race until Lukas Hofer passed Alexey Volkov just before the last shooting stage.

There was a large gap to third, which presented a battle in the final leg as well. Ard Peiffer of Germany missed too many shots in the final stage and lost his hold on third place, while Carl Johan Bergman of Sweden upped the ante and extended his lead over the last two kilometers to secure a spot on the podium.

The U.S. had a strong start to the race, with Lowell Bailey using just two spare rounds to tag off in fifth. However, Jay Hakkinen – like many of his competitors – struggled with the windy conditions on the range and ended up skiing three penalty loops, dropping the team out of the top ten. Tim Burke skied the fourth-fastest time on the third leg, and used four spare rounds to bring the Americans into eighth, before anchor Leif Nordgren hit the penalty loop and the team returned to 11th.

Complete writeup to follow; results here.

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Russia Wins Women’s Relay After Neuner’s Astonishing Errors

Of all the things that seem unlikely in a World Cup biathlon race, Magdalena Neuner (GER) dirtying a shooting stage is pretty high at the top of the list. But she did just that in Oberhof, Germany today in the last stage of the women’s relay, which Germany was leading at the time. Even after using three spare rounds, Neuner still had to ski four penalty loops and was far, far behind the leaders by the finish.

Russia took the win, with Olga Vilukhina managing to hold off a surging Tora Berger of Norway. France finished a distant third.

The conditions were rainy, windy, and generally looked miserable. Deep slush covered parts of the course, and even on downhills the women appeared to be moving slowly.

Neither the United States nor Canada entered a team in the relay.

A full writeup will follow this evening.


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Imrie Improves to 24th for Another Career-Best in WC Pursuit, Kocher 30th

Canada’s Megan Imrie notched another career-best World Cup finish when she moved from 25th to 24th in the 10 k pursuit in Hochfilzen, Austria, today. Imrie had four penalties and the 23rd-fastest ski time of the day. Teammate Zina Kocher moved from bib 50 up to 30th despite having five penalties; she skied the sixth-fastest time of the day and will finish the first period of World Cup racing ranked 27th in the world.

At the front of the race, the podium from Friday’s 7.5 k sprint simply reshuffled slightly. Olga Zaitseva of Russia maintained her lead by shooting clean and took her second win of the weekend, while Helena Ekholm of Sweden moved from third to second, swapping places with Darya Domracheva of Belarus.

Annelies Cook was the sole American in the race, and she started last. Cook was lapped and pulled on her fourth loop.

Full results

Women's podium l-r: Ekholm, Zaitseva, and Domracheva. Photo: nordicfocus.com via Fischer USA.

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U.S. Men React to Snowy Biathlon “BS” Sprint

Thursday’s World Cup sprint in Hochfilzen, Austria led to some unusual results – namely, the first half of the field found it virtually impossible to finish well due to a huge snowstorm that stopped for the late starters. The U.S. men were not pleased with the conditions.

“That was the biggest BS race that I have participated in since the Olympic sprint in Vancouver. Thank you Hochfilzen 20 min snow storm…” Tim Burke tweeted after finishing 63rd and missing qualification for Saturday’s pursuit. He was the 18th starter.

Jay Hakkinen, who placed 45th, was understandably less upset, although he too commented on the squall. As the eighth starter, he was hit with the worst of it but was able to shoot clean and overcome the slow ski conditions.

“Unfortunately, a snow storm came down before the race and stopped after my first loop so the later starters got a big advantage,” he wrote in an e-mail to FasterSkier. “Still, it was a close competition and if I can continue my shooting I expect to move up well in the pursuit since nature has less influence when we all start together. Today I had a good solid race with good skiing and finally getting a clean race.”

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Imrie Career-Best 25th in Hochfilzen World Cup

Canada’s Megan Imrie continued her solid start to the season by placing 25th in a 7.5 k World Cup sprint in Hochfilzen, Austria today. Imrie made two trips to the penalty loop and finished tied with Germany’s Franziska Hildebrand, 1:41 behind winner Olga Zaitseva of Russia.

Two other North Americans placed in the top 60, qualifying for the pursuit on Saturday: Canada’s Zina Kocher missed four shots to place 50th, and U.S. athlete Annelies Cook, who was just this weekend promoted from the IBU Cup, had three penalties to place 60th.

The rest of the Americans had tough days on the range. Susan Dunklee missed seven of ten shots and Sara Studebaker five to place 71st and 72nd. Canada’s Rosanna Crawford was close behind in 73rd.

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Svendsen Outsprints Boe in Biathlon Pursuit, Bailey 17th

Emil Hegle Svendsen outlunged teammate Terji Boe at the line to give Norway the top two podium spots in the 12.5km biathlon pursuit in Austria. Benjamin Weger (SUI) maintained his third place spot, while Friday’s winner, Calr Johan Bergman (SWE) was 4th.

American Lowell Bailey continued his strong 2012 campaign placing 17th. He lost three places on the day, but was in contention for the top-5 until he missed two shots on the final standing stage.

Bailey had shot clean until that point.

Svendsen missed two shots, while Boe and Weger had one penalty apiece.

Brendan Green (CAN) picked up one spot to finish 33rd, while Americans Jay Hakkinen and Tim burke were unable to make up ground. Hakkinen held his 45th spot, and Burke slipped form 42nd to 45th.

Men’s 12.5km Biathlon Pursuit – Complete Results

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Bergman and Neuner Take Biathlon Sprint Wins, Bailey 14th

Carl Johan Bergman (SWE) won his second World Cup race of the young season, shooting clean in the men’s 10km sprint event in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Magdalena Neuner, the 24-year-old German who announced she will retire after the season, also won her second race of the year, besting Finland’s Kaisa Makaraianin by 14.9 seconds in the 7.5km. Neuner shot clean while Makarainin had one penalty in prone. Olga Zaitseva (RUS) was third, less than eight seconds behind the Finn.

Andrei Makoveev (RUS) finished second in the men’ race. 9.2 seconds down, and Switzerland’s Benjamin Weger edged NOrway’s Emil Hegle Svendesen for the final podium spot. Both Makoveev and Weger shot clean. The finish was a career-bet for Makeev and Weger earned the second podium of his career.

The top three men all started early in the field. The course froze overnight and slowed as the day wore on.

Lowell Bailey (USA) led the North Americans with another strong showing, placing 14th, +52.4. Bailey missed a single shot in standing.

Brendan Green (CAN) also continues to race well, placing 34th with perfect shooting. Times are tight and both men will be in position to move up in Saturday’s pursuit.

Tim Burke (USA) missed three standing shot after cleaning prine and placed 42nd. He is only 1:36 down on the leader, and like Bailey and Green can certianly improve in the pursuit.

Zina Kocher (CAN) again led the North American women, taking 32nd with three penalties. Susan Dunklee led the US in 37th.

North American Finishers

14. Bailey (USA)
34. Green (CAN)
42. Burke (USA)
45. Hakkinen (USA)
74. Perras (CAN)
82. LeGuellec (CAN)
97. Nordgren (USA)

32. Kocher (CAN)
37. Dunklee (USA)
58. Studebaker (USA)
71. Spector (USA)
74. Crawford (CAN)
88. Imrie (CAN)
DNS Lanny Barnes (USA)

Men’s Complete Results

Women’s Complete Results

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Magdalena Neuner to Retire at Season’s End

Talk about going out in your prime: German biathlon start Magdalena Neuner, who has won the overall World Cup twice, has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2012 season. She will be 25.

Neuner has won 25 individual World Cup races (including one this weekend) as well as nine relays and three mixed relays; from her only Olympic appearance she collected two gold and one silver medal; and in four attempts she has collected eight wins and two additional podiums at World Championships.

This year, she has set her sights on World Championships, which will be held on home turf in Ruhpolding, Germany.

“I came to a decision which is right for me and well thought out and I am glad that I can finally say openly what I think,” Neuner told biathlonworld.com.

The star reportedly wants to try new things other than biathlon, and mentioned the possibility of starting a family.

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IBU Cup Openers Moved; Leguellec, Imrie Tops in Trials

– Joining the list of Scandinavian races to be moved or canceled, organizers in Idre, Sweden realized that they would not be able to host the opening IBU Cup races will be moved to Ostersund, Sweden. Because the IBU Cup serves as a way for athletes to qualify to race on the World Cup, organizers were reluctant to cancel completely.

– The Canadians won’t be contesting the IBU Cup openers, but they’re heading to Ostersund anyway – the opening World Cup races will be there the next weekend. Today, they had the first of two trials races in Canmore to fill out their roster. JP Leguellec, Brendan Green, Scott Perras, and Megan Imrie are prequalified for the trip. They will be joined by two more women and one more man.

In the first sprint, Leguellec won the men’s race, which wasn’t a huge surprise. But he was followed by 21-year-old Scott Gow, which was less expected. Gow had a stellar season last year, collecting a ninth-place finish at World Junior Championships, and seems to be upping his game once again this year. Canadian national team members Green and Marc-Andre Bedard finished third and fourth. U.S. national team member Bill Bowler had a rough day on the range, finishing 17th with five penalties.

Imrie was the victor in the women’s race, followed over a minute later by two-time Olympian Zina Kocher. Melanie Schulz, who is Kocher’s current teammate at the Biathlon Alberta Regional Training Center, finished third.

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Burke and Kocher Tops in Second USBA Trials Race

In the second of two sprint races at Soldier Hollow, Tim Burke collected another victory while Canadian biathlete Zina Kocher took the win for the women.

Kocher is one of several Canadian women who came down from Canmore to join the U.S. national team for the training camp in Utah. A former two-time “biathlete of the year” in FasterSkier’s end-of-season awards, Kocher left the Canadian national team and joined a new training center in Alberta. The move appears to have paid off, at least in the early season, as she picked up a 24-second victory over U.S. biathlete Susan Dunklee. Both women had a single penalty; Tracy Barnes finished third with two penalties.

In the men’s race, Burke repeated as the victor over teammate Lowell Bailey. Jeremy Teela finished third, and all three men missed two shots.

The trials will be used to select a team of up to six men and six women to send to a training camp in Sweden to prepare for the World Cup. USBA will be announcing the squad shortly.

Results: men / women

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Burke, Spector Win First Biathlon Trials Sprints

U.S. national team members Tim Burke and Laura Spector came out on top in the first day of trials races for the biathlon team in Soldier Hollow, Utah. The trials will be used to select a group of athletes to send to Sweden later this fall in advance of the World Cup openers; both of the winners, as well as other “A” team athletes, are prequalified for the trip, so for Burke and Spector victories were simply icing on the cake.

In the men’s sprint, Burke prevailed over teammate Lowell Bailey by 27 seconds even though both athletes missed a shot over the course of two shooting stages. While the race was held on matched rollerskis, Bailey’s binding broke just before the start, and he had to use his own pair; as a result his time won’t be factored into the team selection. Luckily for him, he’s also prequalified for the Sweden trip. Olympic veteran Jeremy Teela finished third, also with a single missed shot, while Jay Hakkinen followed with a clean sheet and the second-fastest shooting time on the day.

In the women’s sprint, Spector edged Tracy and Lanny Barnes for the win. Spector and Tracy Barnes shot clean, with Lanny Barnes missing a shot and finishing ten seconds after her sister. Neither Barnes sister is on the national team, so their podium finishes are a significant step towards making the Sweden squad. Canadian Olympican Zina Kocher finished fourth, followed by U.S. “B” team member Annelies Cook.

Results in PDF form: Results Men Sprint oct, 18th / Results Women Sprint oct 18th 2011 courtesy of head coach Per Nilsson and USBA.

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Oslo Mass Start and Final World Cup Rankings

Both Sara Studebaker and Haley Johnson competed in the final race of the IBU World Cup schedule in Oslo, a mass start limited to 30 entrants. Based on the two Americans’ performances earlier in the week, they got the nod. Considering that earlier this season, Laura Spector made a splash as the first U.S. woman to compete in a mass start in six years, having two racers representing the red white and blue was a big accomplishment.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus won the 12.5 k race, followed, surprisingly enough, by Russia’s Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, whose only recent claim to fame was a horrendous leg of the Russian relay at World Championships. Her teammate Olga Zaitseva was third. Studebaker and Johnson finished 22nd and 27th with one and three penalties respectively over four shooting stages.

The men’s 15 k mass start was won by Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway; he was joined on the podium by teammate Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who finished third, just ten seconds back. The hometown heroes were separated by Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia, who lost to Svendsen in a sprint by just 0.4 seconds. Svendsen had two penalties, while Ustyugov and Bjorndalen each missed just a single shot.

Full results: women / men

The U.S. men ended the season ranked 12th in the Nations Cup standings, and the Canadians 15th. Both teams will receive four starting positions on the World Cup next year as a result.

Tarjei Boe and Svendsen went 1-2 in the World Cup standings; the Norwegians were separated by just five points after Svendsen’s two wins in the culminating weekend of racing in Oslo, where Boe finished uncharacteristically out of the points in the sprint.

The American men were led in the rankings by Lowell Bailey in 41st and Tim Burke in 45th. Leif Nordgren ended up 63rd and Jay Hakkinen 75th. For the Canadians, Jean Phillie Leguellec and Brendan Green ended the season ranked 50th and 53rd. Scott Perras was ranked 68th and Nathan Smith 104th.

The U.S. women moved up to 15th in the Nations Cup standings, gaining them a fourth starter on the circuit next year. The Canadian women, who had a limited presence this year, finished as the 20th-best team, and will have three starting positions next season.

Kaisa Makarainen – who had not won a World Cup until this year – held on to the overall lead, besting Andrea Henkel of Germany and Helena Ekholm of Sweden. The U.S. was led by Studebaker, who finished ranked 34th. Laura Spector ended the season in 53rd and Haley Johnson, despite racing only the second half of the World Cup season, was ranked 58th.

For Canada, Zina Kocher finished the season ranked 77th and Megan Imrie 86th.

All rankings – Nations Cup, World Cup overall, and World Cup by discipline – can be found here.

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U.S. Biathletes Re-Shuffle for 20th, 21st, 22nd in Oslo Pursuit

Sara Studebaker and Haley Johnson moved up a few spots in today’s World Cup pursuit in Oslo, Norway, to finish 20th and 21st in the 10 k race. Studebaker was once as high as eighth place, before missing three shots in the final shooting stage. Their performances earned them both start rights in Sunday’s mass start competitions. The pair finished just over two and a half minutes behind winner Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia.

In the men’s 12.5 k, Tim Burke, the only American, slipped a single spot to finish 22nd. Emil Hegle Svensen outsprinted Tarjei Boe – who made a miraculous comeback after starting with bib 44 – for the win, finally giving the Norwegians something to celebrate in these races on home turf.

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Roundup: U.S. Quotes, Support for Japan, European Gossip

  • First things first: American biathlete Leif Nordgren had a standout week at World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Nordgren started out with a top-30 finish in the sprint, finished 21st in the individual, skied the fastest anchor leg of the relay to help the U.S. to a best-ever 6th place, and rounded things out with a career-best 17th place in the mass start, his first one at the senior level. Here’s what U.S. head coach Per Nilsson had to say about Nordgren this week:

“We are really impressed by his progression this year. We started to structure work with him last year with our training philosophy that we have for the senior national team. He got some invitations to the senior national team camps and we followed up and planned his training in detail last year, when he also had some good results at the Junior World Championships. Leif had trained quite a bit in the past years, so for sure he had a pretty good base to stand on. But the biggest change was maybe to structure his periodization of the daily/weekly/monthly and yearly training.

“Since last year Leif improved his running time quite a bit. The whole year he have been stronger than last year, which is natural with his overall development and age. We had a plan for this year to try to be at our best in the later part of the season, because of the timing of World Championships. For him it really worked out. He was strong the whole year and the strongest this last week.”

  • Next, in the last race of World Championships, the Japanese and Korean women’s relay teams wore black armbands in support of Itsuka Owada, whose parents had been missing in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. The morning of the race, Owada received a phone call stating that her parents’ remains had been found. Owada nevertheless raced the second leg of the Japanese relay, as there was no replacement and without her, the team would not have been able to compete. She fainted at the finish line.
  • After their relay victory on Friday, Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Alexander Os, Emil Hegle Svendsen, and Tarjei Boe announced that they were donating 10,000 Euros to help the victims of the disaster in Japan.
  • Finally: speaking of Bjorndalen, Italian biathlete Lukas Hofer (who just won bronze in the mass start at World Championships) told NRK News that he wanted Bjorndalen to coach the Italian team. The response from the biathlon great, who won a few more medals of his own this week: “We’ll see after a while, but for now I’ll concentrate on being an athlete.”

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Neuner Golden Again in World Champs Mass Start

On another blustery day in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, Magdalena Neuner of Germany picked up the ninth World Championship or Olympic gold medal of her young career, besting Belarussian Darya Domracheva by a mere 4.8 seconds after 12.5 k of skiing and four shooting stages. Neuner had four penalties to Domracheva’s three. Tora Berger of Norway finished third, also with three penalties, hitting the podium for the first time in an individual race this week.

Neuner reportedly admitted that her shooting errors made things tough, saying, “‘After those mistakes I did not think that I could still win. It is fantastic that I managed.”

Meanwhile, Berger was happy to finally get on the podium.

“I was planning to do better in this Championship, but am nevertheless satisfied that there is a medal today,” Berger told NRK News. “It was a bit rough on the prone shooting, but I shot well in the standing shooting.”

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