The Norwegians won both the Men’s and Women’s Relay competitions today as IBU World Cup 2 came to a close.
The Men’s competition was first, and the Norway team consisting of three B-squad athletes and Ole Einar Bjorndalen surprised everyone by requiring only one extra round between the four of them (guess who used it?). On cruise control after such a brilliant display of shooting, they finished ahead of France (six extra rounds, no penalties) and Russia (nine extra rounds, no penalties), who completed the podium.
The Canadians finished 13th (twelve extra rounds, two penalties) after Scott Gow had a challenging prone shooting stage, and the Americans finished 17th (seventeen extra rounds, one penalty).
The Norwegian Women won with their ski speed, requiring five extra rounds to beat out the Ukraine and Russia, who each needed only four extra rounds.
The Americans were 12th (eight extra rounds) and the Canadians 13th (thirteen extra rounds, three penalties).
A couple fun facts about these competitions: (1) Tora Berger has been on the podium in every single competition so far this year, and (2) this was the final competition in Vincent Jay’s career, and the Olympic champion shot clean and took his bow from the podium.
IBU World Cup 3 gets going on December 13th from Pokljuka, Slovenia.