Category Archives: Biathlon

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Events Full Calendar

The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia starting next February 6th and closing on the 23rd.

Below you will find the full schedule for this Winter Olympics, as well as some relevant posts we have published about several events technical details, so you can follow all the action in a more informed way.

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 February
TH6
FR7
SA8
SU9
MO10
TU11
WE12
TH13
FR14
SA15
SU16
MO17
TU18
WE19
TH20
FR21
SA22
SU23
Ceremonies
Alpine Skiing
Biathlon
Bobsleigh
Cross-Country
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Luge
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Skeleton
Ski Jumping
Snowboard
Speed Skating

Biathlon 2013/2014 – Season starts this weekend: Full Season Calendar

The 2013/2014 Biathlon World Championship starts this weekend in Ostersund, Sweden.

The complete race schedule is the following:

Date Start time (CET) Distance Discipline Category
24.11. 15:30 2×6+2×7.5 km Relay Mixed Start List / Results
27.11. 17:15 15 km Individual Women Start List / Results
28.11. 17:15 20 km Individual Men Start List / Results
29.11. 17:45 7.5 km Sprint Women Start List / Results
30.11. 15:15 10 km Sprint Men Start List / Results
01.12. 11:30 10 km Pursuit Women Start List / Results
01.12. 13:30 12.5 km Pursuit Men Start List / Results

The remaining season events will be the following:

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Date Event Location Nationality
22.11. – 01.12.2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 1 Oestersund
03.12. – 08.12.2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 2 Hochfilzen
09.12. – 15.12.2013 E.ON IBU World Cup 3 Annecy-Le Grand Bornand
01.01. – 05.01.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 4 Oberhof
06.01. – 12.01.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 5 Ruhpolding
13.01. – 19.01.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 6 Antholz-Anterselva
03.03. – 09.03.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 7 Pokljuka
10.03. – 16.03.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 8 Kontiolahti
17.03. – 23.03.2014 E.ON IBU World Cup 9 Oslo Holmenkollen

And you may want to follow this season in a bit more informed manner by checking our previous posts:

Biathlon – In what it consists and what are its origins?

Biathlon Relays – How it works in terms of shooting?

Biathlon’s Individual Event – What is it and what matters most?

Biathlon’s Mass Start Event – What is it and what matters most?

Biathlon’s Pursuit Event – What is it and what matters most?

http://sportsworldintel.com/biathlons-sprint-event-what-is-it-and-what-matters-most/

Biathlon – In what it consists and what are its origins?

No, it has nothing to do with swimming, cycling and running (Triathlon) or just cycling and running (Duathlon). Biathlon is a Winter Olympic Sport which combines cross country skiing with precision target shooting. It is a combination of alternating skiing and rifle shooting abilities that requires balance between shooting accuracy and skiing skills and stamina.

Biathletes have to carry the rifle (which weighs a minimum of 3.5 Kg and fires 22mm bullets) on their back while skiing. Several combinations exist of race types and lengths, shooting positions (prone or standing) and penalties for missing shots. The 5 targets to be hit at each round stand at 50 metres and have the size of an orange – 11.5 cm diameter (for the prone and more stable shooting position the target is smaller inner circle – 4.5 cm).

Biathlon was originated in northern european countries mainly due to borderline guards and military patrols that need to move on harsh and extreme conditions and be armed to carry on their duties. The first competition deemed to be similar to modern Biathlon was held in Norway in the 18th century.

Overtime, after being just a demonstration sport in several Winter Olympic Games, it gained acknowledgment and finally the first Olympic Biathlon competitions were held in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California (USA). So, next time do not confuse it with triathlon or even duathlon. By the way, Biathlon’s seasons usually start in November and last till March. You can watch the 2012-2013 World Cup Events live on Eurosport, we will try to continue providing you relevant insights about this more and more popular sport.

2013 Major Sports Events Calendar

After publishing the 2013 Formula 1 race calendar and the most relevant Tennis events dates for 2013,

Formula 1 – 2013 Race calendar

Tennis – Calendar for 2013/2014 Major Events

we post today other sports important dates for 2013 that you may want to book in your agenda:

January

Dakar Rally – January 5th-20th

World Men’s Handball Championship: January 11th – 27th

Football African Cup of Nations: January 19th – February 10th

February

American Football Super Bowl: February 3rd

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships: February 4th – 17th

Biathlon World Championships: February 6th – 17th

NBA All Star game: February 17th

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships: February 20th – March 3rd

March

European Athletics Indoor Championships March 1 – March 3: 2013

World Baseball Classic: March 2–19

IAAF Athletics World Cross Country Championships: March 24

April

Golf Masters 2013 : April 11th – 14th

NBA Play-Offs: April 20th

London Marathon: April 21st

May

Football FA Cup – May 11th

Football Europa League Final: May 15th

Football Champions League Final: May 25th

June

Golf US Open: June 13th – 16th

FIFA Confederations Cup: June 15th – 30th

FIFA U-20 World Cup: June 21st – July 13th

July

July 16: The 2013 MLB All-Star Game Baseball

Golf British Open: July 18th – 21st

World Swimming Championships: July 19th – August 4th

Tour de France 100th Edition: June 29th – July 21st

August

Athletics’s World Championships: August 10th – 18th

La Vuelta: August 24th – September 15th

September

Australian Football League Finals Series: September 6th – 28th

UCI Road Cycling World Championships: September 21st – 29th

October

FIFA U-17 World Cup: October 17th – November 8th

November

November – New York City Marathon: November 3rd

December

Football FIFA Club World Cup – December 11th – 23rd

A lot to watch over the next year, we will keep a hawk eye on all of this and continue posting about sports intel!

Biathlon World Cup 9 – Khanty-Mansiysk Race Schedule: Glorification for Fourcade and Berger

The last event of 2012/2013 Biathlon’s World Cup will be held in Russia (Khanty-Mansiysk). This is the first time that the last 2 rounds are held in Russian grounds (last week’s event took place at Sochi, where next 2014 Winter Olympics will occur).

Global Cristals for men and women are already decided:

Martin Fourcade (France) has won all the trophies with the exception of the Mass Start that is still reachable by Andreas Birnbacher (Germany). However, Fourcade has a 39 point lead and only if he finishes below 20th we would lose this trophie as well.

Yet, 2nd place in the World Cup Overall is still open between Emil Hegle Svendsen (Norway), Jakov Fak (Slovenia) and local contenders Evgeny Ustyugov and Dmitri Malyshko.

In women, Tora Berger has long assured the Global Crystal with an astonish season (she won half the races) that may see her ending the charts with a new points record (she can surpass 1300 points). She also has ensured the global crystal for all events.

2nd place in the World Cup Overall should go for Darya Domracheva (Belarus) since she has 106 points over 3rd place.

You can check the full calendar and the results as events go on on the table below:

 Date Start time Distance Discipline Category  
14.03. 13:15 7.5 km Sprint Women Start List / Results
15.03. 13:00 10 km Sprint Men Start List / Results
16.03. 11:30 10 km Pursuit Women Start List / Results
16.03. 13:30 12.5 km Pursuit Men Start List / Results
17.03. 10:30 12.5 km Mass Start Women Start List / Results
17.03. 13:30 15 km Mass Start Men Start List / Results

2013 Biathlon Worldchampionships – Results Summary: Norway, Tora Berger and Svendsen Ruled in Nove Mesto

The 2013 Biathlon World Championships came to an end yesterday in Nove Mesto with the Mass Start Events.

Biathlon’s Mass Start Event – What is it and what matters most?

Norway was the big winner of the 11 competition days. Indeed, out of 33 medals to be conquered Norway took 11 (one third overall). 8 of them were Gold medals meaning that only in 3 events a biathlete from another country managed to claim 1st place. Those were: Olena Pidhrushna (Ukraine) in the women’s sprint, Martin Fourcade (France) in the men’s Individual and Darya Domracheva (Belarus) in the women’s mass start.

Biathlon’s Sprint Event – What is it and what matters most?

France and Ukraine took 5 medals each, meaning that two thirds of all medals stood within 3 countries domains.

Biathlon’s Individual Event – What is it and what matters most?

In men, Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen dominated podium places with 4 Gold Medals (Mixed relay, Sprint, Pursuit and Men Relay) and a Bronze in Mass Start. Nonetheless, Martin Fourcade still leads the World Cup overall classification with a 93 points advantage over Svendsen. 2013 Global Crystal will be decided between these two till the end of the season.

Biathlon’s Pursuit Event – What is it and what matters most?

In women another Norwegian was even more dominant: Tora Berger; she took 4 Gold medals (Mixed relay, Pursuit, Individual and Women Relay) and 2 silvers (Sprint and Mass Start). This means she finished all the races she entered in either in 1st or 2nd. With this performance she now has an overall World Cup lead of 283 points over Darya Domracheva and the Overall World Cup Global Crystal (as probably the Global Crystal of each event) will certainly be her’s in the end of the season.

Biathlon Relays – How it works in terms of shooting?

Biathlon World Cup will now take a  week break before returning next February 28th in Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway. Norway is the berth of biathlon since the first competition was held in this country.

Biathlon – In what it consists and what are its origins?

The local crowd will have a great opportunity to pay homage to their Champions!

The schedule is the following:

Date Start time Distance Discipline Category  
28.02. 14:00 10 km Sprint Men Start List / Results
01.03. 15:30 7.5 km Sprint Women Start List / Results
02.03. 14:00 10 km Pursuit Women Start List / Results
02.03. 15:45 12.5 km Pursuit Men Start List / Results
03.03. 11:30 12.5 km Mass Start Women Start List / Results
03.03. 15:00 15 km Mass Start Men Start List / Results

 

Biathlon World Championships 2013 – Nove Mesto Race Schedule

The next major Biathlon competition to be held will be the World Championships at Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

Events will go on for 10 days with the following schedule (Times in CET). Current World Title Holders are shown in last column. Column before that allows for direct link to IBU’s website starting lists and results of each event.

Date Start time Distance Discipline Category   Title Holder
07.02. 17:30 2×6+2×7.5 km Relay Mixed Start List / Results Norway
09.02. 13:00 10 km Sprint Men Start List / Results Martin Fourcade
09.02. 16:15 7.5 km Sprint Women Start List / Results Magdalena Neuner
10.02. 13:00 12.5 km Pursuit Men Start List / Results Martin Fourcade
10.02. 16:15 10 km Pursuit Women Start List / Results Darya Domracheva
13.02. 17:15 15 km Individual Women Start List / Results Tora Berger
14.02. 17:15 20 km Individual Men Start List / Results Jakov Fak
15.02. 17:15 4×6 km Relay Women Start List / Results Germany
16.02. 15:15 4×7.5 km Relay Men Start List / Results Norway
17.02. 12:00 12.5 km Mass Start Women Start List / Results Martin Fourcade
17.02. 15:00 15 km Mass Start Men Start List / Results Tora Berger

With the exception of Magdalena Neuner that retired last season, all other holders will have the chance to defend their titles.

Current World Cup leaders Martin Fourcade (France) and Tora Berger (Norway) seem to be in pretty good shape to do so and extend even more their lead since World Championships points count for World Cup’s classification.

You can follow all Biathlon World Championships action live Through IBU’s feed on:

http://eurovision.digotel.com/ibu/index.html

Biathlon World Cup 6 – Men’s Sprint Antholz-Anterselva: Shipulin Rules After His Sister Kuzmina! Our Pursuit Prediction

The men’s sprint at Antholz-Anterselva’, Italy finished a few moments ago. Two of our predicted top performers got podium places although the race was won by Russian Anton Shipulin (clean shooting). His sister Anastasia Kuzmina won the Women’s sprint yesterday. Amazing brothers!!!

Biathlon’s Sprint Event – What is it and what matters most?

Second place went to Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen (1 shot missed in the prone position) and 3rd place was taken by Jakov Fak (Slovenia). Fak is making his best World Cup ever (he recorded his two first career victories) and is now 6th overall.

World Cup Leader Martin Fourcade missed 1 shot as well (in the standing position) and finished just 6th. He still leads the World Cup but his skiing and shooting abilities are now not so sharp as they were in the season’s beginning. He has now Emil Hegle Svendsen right on ‘his tail’  only 59 points behind.

Fourcade will have a lot of time to pull back on tomorrow’s pursuit (38:0 seconds) but in the end he believe will be at least inside Top 3. Our major favourites for the pursuit race are Svendsen and Andreas Birnbacher (4th today, 21:1 seconds behind).

Biathlon’s Pursuit Event – What is it and what matters most?

You can check the full calendar for Antholz-Anterselva’s weekend on:

Biathlon World Cup 6 – Antholz-Anterselva Race Schedule and Our Predictions

Biathlon World Cup 6 – Women’s Sprint Antholz-Anterselva: Kuzmina Rules! Our Pursuit Prediction

Anastasiya Kuzmina from Slovakia, current Sprint Gold Medal holder, and also silver in Pursuit, in last 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, recorded today her first season win at Antholz-Anterselva’, Italy, sprint event.

Biathlon’s Sprint Event – What is it and what matters most?

She led the pack missing no shots and won the race with  16:7 seconds advantage from second placed Kaisa Makarainen’s (1 shot missed) from Finland. Kuzimna is now 14th in World Cup Overall and Makarainen 4th.

3rd place went to one of our yesterday’s forecasts Belarus Lady Darya Domracheva (also 1 shot missed) 21:9 seconds from Kuzmina. Domracheva climbed to 2nd in World Cup Overall since Miriam Gossner was absent.

World Cup Leader Tora Berger missed 3 shots – for a poor and unusual shooting 70% rate – and finished just 14th. Nonetheless, she extended her World Cup lead to 110 points now over Domracheva (she had 103 over Gossner).

Berger will have a hard pursuit race next Saturday with a huge gap to recover (1:08 minutes), but we believe she can still make it to a podium finish or at least Top 5. As we did before, we reinforce our bets in Domracheva to win the pursuit race.

Biathlon’s Pursuit Event – What is it and what matters most?

 You can check the full calendar for Antholz-Anterselva’s weekend on:

 Biathlon World Cup 6 – Antholz-Anterselva Race Schedule and Our Predictions

Biathlon World Cup 6 – Antholz-Anterselva Race Schedule and Our Predictions

World Cup 6 of Biathlon’s World Cup will take place in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.

The 1st races will be the women (tomorrow) and men (Friday) sprint events.

The full race schedule is the following (times in CET):

Date Start time Distance Discipline Category  
17.01. 14:30 7.5 km Sprint Women Start List / Results
18.01. 14:30 10 km Sprint Men Start List / Results
19.01. 11:45 10 km Pursuit Women Start List / Results
19.01. 15:15 12.5 km Pursuit Men Start List / Results
20.01. 10:30 4×6 km Relay Women Start List / Results
20.01. 14:15 4×7.5 km Relay Men Start List / Results

Current World Cup leaders, Martin Fourcade and Tora Berger are of course favourites. They have won, respectively, 4 and 5 of the 12 events held till now. They also have other 4 and 3 podium finishes.

Emil Hegle Svendsen 75 points behind is another contender to be considered for top places but we bet in Dmitry Malyshko and Jakov Fak to win at least one event.

In women we bet in Miriam Gossner (2nd in World Cup 101 points behind) or Darya Domracheva to win the sprint race and also in Darya Domracheva and Tora Berger for the Pursuit.

You can follow the races through IBU’s live feed on:

http://eurovision.digotel.com/ibu/index.html