2015/2016 World Cup Schedule Posted, Includes 2 North American Stops

The IBU has published the World Cup schedule for the 2015/2016 season, including details and dates on each of the competitions. The schedule is available on the IBU website here: http://services.biathlonresults.com/Schedule.aspx

The highlight of the schedule for North American fans are the two World Cups held on this side of the Atlantic. This will be the first time since 2011 that there has been a World Cup on North American soil, and the first World Cup in Canada since 2009 in Whistler.

The first 6 World Cup events follow what is becoming a traditional routine: Ostersund, Hochfilzen, Pokljuka, Oberhof, Ruhpolding and Antholz.

World Cup 7 is in Canmore, Alberta on February 4-7, with 6 competitions scheduled. The Men’s Sprint is on the 4th, Women’s Sprint on the 5th, Mass Start competitions on the 6th and a Single Mixed Relay and Mixed Relay competitions on the 7th.

World Cup 8 is in Presque Isle, Maine on February 11-14, also with 6 competitions on the schedule. The Men’s and Women’s Sprints are on the 11th, with Men’s and Women’s Pursuits on the 12th. The Men’s Relay is on the 13th and the Women’s Relay is the 14th.

After the North American swing, the World Cup circuit takes a 2 week break for the athletes to recover and prepare for the World Championships in Oslo. Hopefully the time off will ensure that the top biathletes make the trip to North America, something that has consistently been an issue in the IBU Cups and in the 2011 World Cups in the USA.

The World Cup circuit wraps up with its traditional finale in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The way the World Cup scheduling is going in recent years, it seems that the first 6 and the last event are set, leaving only 2 events up for grabs each year.

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