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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.

IBU Youth/Junior World Champs Preview

The IBU Youth/Junior World Championships get started tomorrow from Presque Isle, Maine. This event features the future stars of tomorrow, testing their skills against each other in Sprint, Pursuit, Individual and Relay competitions.

The IBU has issued a news release on the event, with details about how to watch the live-streaming for the event, and with a video postcard of Presque Isle and a tour of the 2.5km course.

The full schedule for the event is available on the IBU website. The event begins tomorrow with the Youth Women’s and Youth Men’s Sprint competitions. Here are the start lists for the Youth Women and the Youth Men.

There are 57 Youth Women and 64 Youth Men competing, including Canada’s Megan Bankes, Leilani Tam Von Berg, Danielle Vrielink, Emily Dickson, Aidan Miller, Pearce Hanna and Jules Burnotte, and America’s Mikaela Paluszek, Anna Kubek, Madeleine Grace Phaneuf, Siena Ellingson, Paul Everett, Sean Doherty, Brian Halligan and Kamran Husain.

IBU World Cup #7: Boeuf and Berger win Pursuits

IBU World Cup #7 concluded today with the Men’s and Women’s Pursuit competitions as Alexis Boeuf of France won his first World Cup competition ever and Tora Berger of Norway returned to her winning ways.

In the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, Arnd Peiffer started with a 15.9 second head start over the field and held on to first place until the final standing shooting bout. Peiffer struggled with three penalties and slipped back into second place, 11 seconds behind Boeuf with Carl Johan Bergman and Ivan Tcherezov also in the hunt.

Boeuf held off his challengers on the final loop to win in a time of 36:02.4 with two penalties. Tcherezov and Bergman broke away from Peiffer to battle for second, with Tcherezov ending up 10.3 seconds back with four penalties and Bergman 14.3 back with three penalties.

Lowell Bailey was the top North American with a 16th place finish, 2:24.1 back with four penalties. Jay Hakkinen was 27th (3:10.1 back, two penalties), JP Le Guellec was 35th (4:12.5 back, five penalties), Brendan Green was 36th (4:15.8 back, four penalties), Leif Nordgren was 41st (5:00.2 back, six penalties), Nathan Smith was 49th (5:55.4 back, eight penalties) and Jeremy Teela was 56th (8:05.8 back, seven penalties).

Here are the complete results and the IBU article on the Men’s competition.

In the Women’s 10 km Pursuit Berger returned to the top of the podium after a second place finish in the Sprint competition. Windy conditions resulted in a busy day on the penalty loop for the Women, but Berger managed only four penalties to win in a time of 35:12.1. Marie Dorin was in the lead coming into the final standing shooting phase, but two penalties saw her slip back into second place, finishing 30.7 seconds behind Berger with three penalties. Third place went to Darya Domracheva, 1:11.2 back with five penalties.

Sara Studebaker was the top North American in 28th, 3:45.4 back with six penalties. Haley Johnson was 38th (4:44.9 back, five penalties), Laura Spector was 45th (5:57.8 back, five penalties), Rosanna Crawford was 49th (8:08.4 back, seven penalties) and Claude Godbout was 50th (8:39.4 back, five penalties).

Here are the complete results and the IBU article for the Women’s competition.

With the conclusion of IBU World Cup #7 at Presque Isle, Maine, the world cup circuit moves upstate to Fort Kent, Maine, with IBU World Cup #8 starting on 10 February with the Men’s 10 km Sprint.