Season Review 2022/23: Biathlete23!
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13h ago
Well what a season it has been! We had the official Biathlon23 Day on 2/3/23. We had a win and a second place finish and crowned Johannes Thingnes Boe as Biathlete23. JTB won every race he started on the World Cup in 2023 and 3/4 at World Champs. He won on Biathlon23 Day! His first ever WC win was in bib23 so he is the real life Biathlete23! For anyone unfamiliar with Biathlete23 (where have you been?!) this blog follows the results of whichever biathlete happens to be in bib23 for each race. It treats them like one athlete and adds up the score to see how this biathlete would have performed o ..read more
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Season Review 2022/23: Women!
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5d ago
The winner of the Overall Title this season is someone who was not among the top favourites at the start of the season. Julia Simon has always been capable of winning races but was not consistent enough to challenge for the Total Score. This season she sorted out her shooting issues and was brilliant on the range and super consisitent and that is what won her her first big crystal globe! She accumulated 1093 points to finish 182 points ahead of her nearest rival winning 4 races and getting 12 podium finishes. She became World Champion in the Pursuit and took bronze in the Mass Start and Mixed ..read more
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Season Review 2022/23: Men!
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1w ago
He’s back! I was going to say he’s back to normal but actually he is better than ever. Of course it’s Johannes Thingnes Boe we are talking about. What a season he has had. His best ever and biathlon’s best ever. In the first race of the season, the Individual in Kontiolahti, he missed four shots and finished 12th and we thought maybe last season’s troubles hadn’t gone away. Very wrong! As soon as he raced the Kontiolahti Sprint we knew that Boe was back and how! This season he won 19 races which is new record for the amount of wins in a season. It was his own record of 16 that he broke! At the ..read more
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Holmenkollen 2023: Mass Starts!
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1w ago
It was a miserable day for the mass starts reflecting the mood of all the biathlon fans knowing this was the final day of the season. It was foggy and wet for the final two races of 2022/23. Out if the gloom 30 men emerged to race the first mass start of the day and out of those two men emerged at the front of the pack. Taking off into the distance was of course Johannes Thingnes Boe but keeping up with him was Martin Ponsiluoma. At the first prone they both missed one target so the first lap was a complete waste of energy as they ended up back in the pack! Taking over the lead was Benedikt Do ..read more
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Homenkollen 2023: Women’s Sprint!
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1w ago
The women’s sprint was postponed on Friday due to poor visibility in the Holmenkollen fog. That meant it had to be raced on Saturday and the women’s pursuit was cancelled. Thankfully the weather was good today and especially pleased about that was Denise Herrmann-Wick. After announcing her retirement this was her last ever sprint race and she won it! She hit all ten targets and skied well for the victory. As she said herself she began her career as a cross country sprinter and had ended as a biathlon sprinter winning not only the race today but the sprint score crystal globe to add to her Worl ..read more
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Holmenkollen 2023: Men’s Pursuit!
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1w ago
Well it wasn’t the most exciting pursuit ever but that’s what happens when Johannes Thingnes Boe has a 24 second head start and only misses one target. It was another brilliant performance from Boe winning his 7th pursuit of the season and his 18th race. The highlight of his race was telling the crowd to be quiet between his fourth and fifth shots on his final shoot! And he still hit the final target. It would have been a bit embarrassing if he had missed! There was a bit of a fight for the rest of the podium but again there were big gaps everywhere. Benedikt Doll moved into second place after ..read more
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Holmenkollen 2023: Men’s Sprint!
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1w ago
You know at the end of the season when you are tired and lose focus and start to make mistakes because maybe you have one eye on your holidays. Well not today in the men’s sprint! 26 biathletes hit 10/10! It’s what Yosemite Sam might refer to as the rootinist,tootinist,shootinist men’s sprint this side of the Pecos!!! Of course the winner didn’t need to hit all 10! 9 was enough today for Sprint King Johannes Thingnes Boe to take the victory. After his brush with Covid he is back and he seems to have not ill effects. He skied like a bullet out of a gun once again to secure his 8th sprint win ..read more
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Junior World Champs: Shchuchinsk 2023!
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2w ago
The Junior World Championships was held alongside the Youth competition from the 4th to the 12th of March in Kazakhstan. Shchuchinsk is a very windy venue and the range was difficult for everyone. The first event was the Mixed Relay. The gold went to very strong German team of Johanna Puff, Selina Grotian, Benjamin Menz and Hans Koellner uisng 12 spares. Silver went to the talented French quartet of Leonie Jeannier, Jeanne Richard, Theo Guiraud Poillot and Jacques Jefferies who only needed 7 spares. Norway took bronze despite two penalty loops from the team of Maren Bakken, Tuva Aas Straete, M ..read more
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Youth World Champs: Shchuchinsk 2023!
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2w ago
This year’s Youth World Championships were held in Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan. It has to be one of the windiest biathlon ranges there is and it caused a lot of problems for some of the youngsters! The first race was the Mixed Relay on Saturday the 4th of March. The women were first on track followed by the men. Despite 3 penalty loops it was Norway who took the gold medal. The team of Ragna Fodstad, Maren Brannare-Gran, Kasper Kalkenberg and Sivert Gerhardsen used their speed to make up for errors on the range. The German team of Julia Kink, Julia Tannheimer, Tim Nechwatal and Elias Seidl took si ..read more
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Oestersund 2023: Mass Starts!
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2w ago
It was perfect weather for biathlon on the final day of racing in Oestersund. We had two mass starts to enjoy and some very good shooting. The women started us off in the sunshine and it was overall leader Julia Simon who got off to a flier. She along with most of the field cleaned the first prone to move into first place. Hot on her heels were Dorothea Wierer along with Simon’s teammates Anais Chevalier-Bouchet and Lou Jeanmonnot. Chevalier-Bouchet headed to the front of the pack on the second loop but it didn’t work out for her. She missed three in the second prone to drop right out of conte ..read more
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