The long wait for more biathlon is over and the 2014/2014 IBU World Cup season kicks off tomorrow from Östersund, Sweden with a Mixed Relay competition.
23 teams are entered into the competition, with the USA in bib 9 and Canada in bib 11. The Americans are sending out Susan Dunklee, Annalies Cook, Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, while the Canadian team consists of Rosanna Crawford, Zina Kocher, Nathan Smith and Marc-Andre Bedard.
Here is the complete start list. Last season’s top performers from the Czech Republic are in bib 1, but keep an eye on the French in bib 6 who have named a strong team. Who is your favourite to win?
This year the Mixed Relay will feature a different start format, with three start lanes only instead of 10 track-set lanes. Will this make for a more organized start (and less snapped poles)? We will find out tomorrow!
The competition begins at 9:30 Eastern, 6:30 Pacific.