New Coach: Similar Program with Long-term Focus
Stian Eckhoff moved into the Women’s Head Coach position for Norway when his colleague Egil Gjelland shifted over to the Men’s Head Coach job. Ironically, as he moved to the top coaching spot, his sister, Tiril moved into the top spot as the best Norwegian woman after her sterling Olympic performances. Her two Bronze medals in the mass start and women’s relay plus the Gold medal in the mixed relay and a sparkling personality made her a media favorite.
Team Seeks Stable Shooting, a Few Seconds on the Tracks
After an excellent 2013-14 season with two Olympic medals, Dominik Landertinger and Simon Eder 4th and 5th in the World Cup Total Score, and a strong fourth place in the Nations Cup, the Austrian men are looking for more of the same this season with a few improvements.
Still Focused on Season-long Success
The Sochi Olympic Winter Games brought the Ukrainian women’s team unprecedented success, with Vita Semerenko’s sprint Bronze, followed on the Games’ penultimate day with the 4 X 6K relay Gold medal. The Relay Gold was Ukraine’s first Olympic biathlon Gold medal ever. The Relay Gold fulfilled the promise that the team had showed for several seasons, with World Cup podiums, a Silver medal at the 2013 IBU WCH, but never a win on the sport’s biggest stage.
“My Greatest Award Ever”
Norway’s 2014 Olympic Sprint Gold medalist Ole Einar Björndalen was honored today in Bangkok, Thailand as the Best Male Performer at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. This honor was presented at the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) assembly, which represents 204 NOCS. The ceremony was broadcast in 25 countries and had over 1200 journalists in attendance. Greatest Award
Waiving of B sample and Disciplinary Hearing for Edgars PIKSONS of Latvia
On 28 October 2014 and in compliance with the IBU Anti-Doping Rules as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the IBU provisionally suspended Edgars Piksons from Latvia.
Mixed Relay Season Opener
The clock is ticking as the countdown is at 30 days until the season-opening mixed relay at 15:30 CET in the Östersund Ski Stadium.