Alpine Skiing and Biathlon 2018/19

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Alpine Skiing and Biathlon 2018/19

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 10:31 am

Well, a new season already – here’s a quick reminder of how it all ended up last year!

Overall Points
Marcel Hirscher (1620)
Mikaela Shiffrin (1773)
Downhill
Beat Feuz (682)
Sofia Goggia (509)
Super G
Kjetil Jansrud (400)
Tina Weirather (461)
Giant Slalom
Marcel Hirscher (720)
Vikki Rebensburg (582)
Slalom
Marcel Hirscher (874)
Mikaela Shiffrin (980)
Alpine Combined
Peter Fill (140)
Wendy Holdener (150)

Now – the 2018/19 season starts at Sölden, with the Ladies Giant Slalom – the start list says that Federica Brignone will be first away, with last year’s slalom globe holder, Mikaela Shiffrin away second – 75 starters in all on the list with Britain’s Alex Tilley going 24th.  Looks a bit murky on the glacier, with snow falling – hope we get both races completed this year. Conditions seem to be acceptable, although the combination of the snow and some wind have meant a lower start for the women; 37 gates now? Brignone is safely down, but it could be trickier for the late starters. Now, there’s something you don’t see often – Mikaela Shiffrin with a red light on her timings – she’s 0.60 off the pace! Tess Worley into 2nd place; errors from Mowinckel too – she’s into 4th. They’re getting the racers out quickly; the forecast isn’t good! Vikki Rebensburg is away next – green lights at intermediate 1, 2 and 3 but she’s lost time on the final section – into 2nd, +0.24. Steph Brunner off the pace too, and so is Wendy Holdener – the transition from the steeper section to the flatter finish seems to be a good place to lose time! Marta Bassino is the first DNF of the day – she seems to be OK. That’s 10 away – Brignone leads from Rebensburg and Worley; then Shiffrin, Mowinckel and Brunner. First TV break and no change to the top 6. Lara Gut into 9th, but Tina Weirather is over 3 seconds off the pace here; the track is getting tougher. Impressed to see Kristin Lysdahl get into the top 10; she’s 8th at present.  Good start by Alex Tilley but a massive error just after the second intermediate has cost her lots of time – almost certainly no second run today. Nice run from K G Haugen to get into 13th; 30 away now and the top 6 remain unchanged. The start interval has halved and they really are getting them away quickly, but there doesn’t seem to be any change to the top 20.  Spoke too soon – that was an  impressive effort – Stephanie Resch (AUT) into 16th place! That’s it now – run 1 over, no further changes to the top 20.
Run 2: New course set by a Norwegian coach, again from the lowered start, apparently a tougher technical challenge! Eva-Maria Brem first away – nice to see her back. From the TV it looks as though the visibility is a bit better, at least at the top of the run. Haaser takes over the lead, by just 0.01; Truppe is going well, but she’s getting thrown around on the middle section – she leads by 0.75. Not for long though – Stjernesund (NOR) goes ahead with Grenier going into 2nd. Taina Barioz into 3rd; the wind seems to be getting up and the top 3 stay in place. Petra Vlhova had 0.52 in hand at the start, but she’s had a massive error lower down – game over. It seems very easy to lose time between intermediate 2 and 3, and even more on the final section, as both Schild and Veith have found out. Stephanie Resch green all the way to inter 3, but then lost well over a second to the finish – she’s 6th at present. That’s the half way point of run 2 – Stjernesund leads from Grenier (CAN), Barioz (FRA) and Liensberger (AUT). Michelle Gisin into 4th; the snow seems to be back and Meta Hrovat has gone from over 0.7 in hand to a second off the pace at the finish; Kristine Haugen (NOR) has had a very good final section, making up time there and she’s second. The Norwegians are making the most of their coach setting the course, and their skill over the final section! Mugnier into 4th; next is Frida Hansdotter, with 1.12 in hand – the light has gone red at inter 2 and she’s lost it – into 16th. The visibility is getting worse again – Lara Gut has an advantage of 1.19 at the top – she’s also just red at inter 2 and can only manage 6th. Sara Hector has lost her ski near the top of her run, and here’s another Norwegian – Kristin Lysdahl; she’s lost time on the way down, and isn’t the fastest on run 2, but she’s done enough to take the lead – an all Norwegian podium at present! Wendy Holdener (SUI) is gaining time on most of the course – lost a little later but again that’s enough to take the lead by 0.16. Steph Brunner is also going well – again not the fastest on this run, but that was a risky run and she’s into the lead! The Austrian fans like that! However – here’s another Norwegian – Ragnhild Mowinckel; quite a few errors but a brilliant final section gets her into joint first place – exciting stuff. Next – Mikaela Shiffrin – and she’s gaining time – she leads by almost a full second; that’s more like it. Tessa Worley is gaining even more time, she’s turned 0.34 at the start into almost a full second faster than Shiffrin – amazing run. Vikki Rebensburg has gone red at inter 2; she goes 3rd, just 0.05 behind Shiffrin. Just Federica Brignone to go – 0.40 in hand, but just into the red at inter 2 – she’s into 2nd place. So, Tessa Worley wins – the first French woman to win here! Brignone in second ahead of Shiffrin, then Rebensburg 4th, with Brunner and Mowinckel tied in 5th.

Sunday 28 Oct - well, the men's race at Sölden isn't having much luck - cancelled last year, and conditions were so bad overnight and this morning that it's been cancelled this year too! Here's the FIS statement: Winter has checked in with a lot of snow in Sölden. Overnight, a thick layer of white gold covered the race course (approximately 50 centimeters at the top and 40 in the finish). Since two in the morning snowcats and quads have been working to remove the snow, but strong winds at the top were continuously bringing more snow on the course. In addition to this, the weather forecast wasn’t announcing any decrease in the snowfall or the wind strength. It became clear that in those conditions, the safety of the race could not be ensured. This is why the jury, together with the local organising committee and the national ski association, took the decision to cancel today’s men’s giant slalom. After last years’ cancellation, the rule has been adapted and it is now possible to replace the opening race in case of a cancellation. The giant slalom will be taken over by another venue, that is to be announced early next week.
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Levi - Slaloms 17/18 November

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 17 Nov 2018, 4:10 pm

Levi – Women’s Slalom (17 November): Apparently a bit warm and windy, but the FIS reckon it’s all set for a 0915 (UK time) start! Right – pot of strong tea brewing; insulated mug ready (the one that can’t tip over and spill tea on the keyboard), and ……  Best laid plans etc. – start has been postponed; wind has picked up and the start has been lowered – new start at 1000 UK time. Looks a bit more promising this time – Mikaela Shiffrin is going first today, and she’s away! That looked good – Wendy Holdener next; just green at intermediate 1 but then into the red – she’s +0.70. Frida Hansdotter is also green at inter 1; she’s more in touch and goes 2nd, just 0.14 off Shiffrin’s time. Anna Swenn Larsson is even more green at inter 1, but it’s gone red on the steep – she’s into 4th. Bernadette Schild into 5th, despite the course being set by her coach; Petra Vlhova faster and into 3rd. Katharina Gallhuber into fourth; the Austrians will be a bit happier with that. Erin Mielzynski into 7th; Irene Curtoni goes 9th and then Chiara Costazza goes 9th, dropping Curtoni another place. That’s 10 away – Shiffrin leads from Hansdotter and Vlhova, then Gallhuber, Holdener and Swenn Larsson.  An odd mix of snow – apparently 80% of last year’s snow plus 20% from snow cannons; tricky, but Michelle Gisin goes into 9th despite the course beginning to cut up. On the plus side, the light conditions have improved! Nina Haver-Løseth right on the edge at times; into 8th; not for long though as Marina Wallner has taken that slot. Next away is Christina Geiger; looked good at inter 2 but sadly that was a clock error – just 16th! Not a good day for the Germans – Lena Dürr is the first to straddle today; DNF. Short delay to repair a gate; now 20 away and no change to the top 6. The wind is getting up, even at the lowered start; good effort by Maren Skjøld to get 15th place from start number 24. Now that is good – Katharina Huber into 11th. Thirty down – no changes to the top 10. This is looking exciting – Meta Hrovat (SLO); green at inter 1 and still in touch despite a few errors on the steep – she’s into 7th from bib 33, glad the Eurosport coverage included that run! Sadly we missed another great, late run – Magdalena Fjaellström (SWE) into 11th from bib 36; the second run list isn’t certain yet! Run 1 complete – no late changes to the top 10 since Hrovat.
Run 2: Still a bit windy as Carole Bissig starts, under the lights, on a course set by a Swiss coach – looks tricky! Schmotz was going well, but she’s straddled; Adeline Mugnier much faster, and she takes the early lead. Good recovery from Katharina Truppe on what looks a very icy steep pitch – she leads. Christina Geiger into 2nd, just 3 hundredths off the pace. Wind seems to be getting up; nice run from Sara Hector though to take the lead. She’s lost it to another Swede, Estelle Alphand! Right – half way though; Alphand leads from Hector and Truppe with the fastest 15 to come; 2 DNFs so far. Katharina Liensberger has taken advantage of the cleaned course – she leads by over a second! Michelle Gisin into 2nd; Bernadette Schild has taken over the lead. Ten to go – Schild leads from Liensberger and Haver-Løseth has just gone third. TV break with 8 to go; Mielzynski can only manage 5th and Hrovat has lost almost all her advantage by inter 1 – she’s 6th. Anna Swenn Larsson has built on  her advantage to inter 1, lost a lot of it by 2 and she’s into 2nd. Wendy Holdener has also gained to inter 1, lost time to 2 and now she goes 2nd. – easy to lose time on the steep. Same story for Katharina Gallhuber – almost a second in hand at inter 1, but red at 2 and into 4th. Petra Vlhova has gone from 0.84 in hand at the start to 1.11 ahead at inter 1 – still 0.42 green at 2 and she leads – a podium guaranteed! Frida Hansdotter has also lost time on the steep – into 3rd with just Shiffrin to come. Shiffrin has 0.59 in hand at the start – it’s 0.50 at inter 1, 0.66 at 2 – couple small errors but she’s in control – a win by a pretty massive 0.58! That’s Mikaela Shiffrin’s 33rd slalom win on the World Cup circuit. So, Shiffrin wins from Vlhova and Schild; Hansdotter in 4th, ahead of Holdener and Swenn Larsson.

Levi – Men’s Slalom (18 November): Well, this looks a bit more promising – not a lot of snow but the course looks good, if rather icy, and the weather is better than yesterday! Sadly I understand that Felix Neureuther, last year’s winner here, will not be starting today – he had hoped to do so despite his broken thumb (training accident, and apparently Svindal has done the same), but has returned to Germany for surgery. Dave Ryding is here though, and goes number 15 on run 1. Daniel Yule is first away today, from the top – the course is very much icier than it was in training! Seb Foss-Solevaag away next, on a course set by a Norwegian coach – nicely green but he’s out; an early DNF. Now here’s Marcel Hirscher – out of the gate like a rocket, full attack and he’s almost a full second up on Yule’s time. Andre Myhrer is losing time – he’s into 3rd, behind Yule. Now, Henrik Kristoffersen and he’s just green at inter 1, still ahead at 2, dead level at 3 – he goes 2nd just 7 hundredths off Hirscher’s time; it’s going to be an exciting second run! Michael Matt into 3rd (+0.55); Pinturault also a DNF. Lovely run from Clement Noel - he takes over third place (+0.38) and fellow French team member Victor Muffat-Jeandet is into 4th. Ooops – Manfred Mölgg has straddled; Manuel Feller into 6th. Now it’s Dave Ryding’s turn – he was fastest after run 1 here last year, but it’s not quite happening today – he’s into joint 8th, just over a second back from the lead. First TV break - Hirscher leads from Kristoffersen and Noel, then Victor M-J, Matt and Feller. Marco Schwarz into 8th; it’s time for another TV break, with no changes to the top 6. The course is rutting quite badly, which isn’t helping the later starters – Schwarz (bib 16) was the last to get into the top 10. DNFs are starting to increase too – 7 now from 30 starters so far (or 6 and a DSQ if I’m being pedantic).  Adam Zampa has straddled, and joins the DNFs, as does Mark Engel. Eurosport have extended their coverage to include Laurie Taylor (bib 36) – he’s safely down, and currently in 27th place. That’s the coverage over – no change to the top 6 so far, and Ryding is still in joint 9th. Impressive run from Tanguy Nef (SUI) from bib 40 into 15th and Anton Tremmel (GER) – bib 74 no less and into 17th! Sadly Laurie Taylor won’t get a 2nd run.
Run 2: Matej Vidovic (CRO) has got the second run started – looks like there are a couple really tricky sections in this course! Hmm – Timon Haugen didn’t last long; understandably disappointed after getting a second run. Marc Digruber is 5th away and he’s taken over the lead; not for long though as Loic Meillard is 0.36 faster. Stefano Gross into 2nd, but Johannes Strolz has just taken that place away from him; he was just 0.03 off Loic’s time too! Luca Aerni a bit lucky to finish, but the risks on the final couple gates paid off – he’s into 3rd. Nice run from Jean-Baptiste Grange to take over the lead; sadly Anton Tremmel (bib 74 in to 17th) hasn’t skied as well on run 2 – massive error near the finish and over 19 seconds off the pace. Julien Lizeroux is the final skier of the “lower half” of the start list – one error has cost him time but he’s 2nd – at the TV break it’s Grange from Lizeroux and Meillard. Tanguy Nef has made good use of his second run though – into 2nd; Dopfer has skied out just before the finish. Christian Hirschbühl into 2nd now; Ramon Zenhaeusern, probably the tallest skier on the circuit, has gone into the lead – good recovery! Andre Myhrer was just red at inter 2 but he’s made up time and takes the lead by just 0.04. Next away is Dave Ryding; just red at inter 1, redder at 2, recovered a bit by 3 but then lost some time on the tricky final gates – into 6th. Last 8 to go – Myhrer leads from Ramon Z and J-B Grange. Yule into 4th; none of the final 8 have upset the podium so far. Michael Matt keeping in the green all the way to inter 3, but he too has lost time through the tricky final section – he’s only 5th (+0.17). Victor M-J is also keeping in the green and he has over half a second left at inter 3 – a huge error before the finish has cost him a full 10 seconds, and he’s into 23rd place! Clement Noel has been gaining time between inter 2 and 3; he’s 0.80 clear at 3 and … he’s out at the same point as Victor M-J – looks as though there is a rut there from run 1? Henrik Kristoffersen next – slight hold while they try to repair that rut. Kristoffersen has almost a second in hand at the start; he’s lost a bit but then gained time to inter 3 and he takes the lead by a massive 1.32! That was a truly impressive run – just Marcel Hirscher to come – he’s gained time at inter 1, a bit more at 2, lost a little at 3 but he’s got enough – he wins by 0.09! Brilliant race – Hirscher wins, Kristoffersen 2nd and Myhrer in 3rd – then Ramon Z, J-B Grange and Dan Yule. Dave Ryding ended up 12th. I imagine Clement Noel and Victor M-J wish that rut had been worked on a little earlier!!


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Killington and Lake Louise - 24/25 November

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 10:19 pm

Killington – Women’s Giant Slalom (24 November): Some decent snow in Vermont, it seems. First run set by a French coach. Well, a surprise early on – Stephanie Brunner (second away) has gone 0.23 faster than the first woman down the course – who was Mikaela Shiffrin! Wendy Holdener was nicely green but lost a bit on the section after intermediate 3 – into 3rd. Vikki Rebensburg next, and she’s also faster than Mikaela – mind you this is GS – so far only 0.25 between the top 4. Tessa Worley is green at inter 1, greener at 2, but then just drifting into the red – she goes 2nd, just 0.01 behind Brunner! Here comes Federica Brignone – green all the way and she had enough in hand to take the lead despite losing a bit on the final section. Very elegant stuff! All change is the motto today – next down is Ragnhild Mowinkel (delighted to see she is using a much better photo on the FIS site this year), and she’s even faster – 0.37 ahead! The wind is getting up near the start, but apparently it only affects the first 3 turns or so. The rate of change has eased – 10 away and Mowinkel leads from Brignone and Brunner; then Worley, Rebensburg and Shiffrin. First TV break – 15 away, a few changes to the top 10 (Bassino and Hector in), but not the top 6. Slightly disappointing run from Lara Gut, into 15th; Anna Veith green at inter 1 but only 8th at the finish. Interesting,  Estelle Alphand in touch at inter 1 and 2, only just in the red – lost a bit lower down but she’s into 8th, +0.85 – nice run! Second TV break – Alphand and Veith into the top 10; no change to the top 6, no DNFs so far. The video coverage is really weird – we keep missing bits after the break – buck up Vermont! Tania Barioz has just missed the top 10 – into 11th. Now – Alex Tilley and she’s green at inter 1, just red at 2; looks like she slightly hooked a gate – she’s 16th at present. Liensberger has also got hooked up, and has finished the run with just one pole – 23rd. Next break – no change to the top 10 since Alphand – and Eurosport switches to ski jumping! No great loss as nothing much changed – Valerie Grenier (bib 36) was the last to trouble the top 20, skiing into 19th.
Run 2 – set by an Italian coach: It’s a twisty course, probably more tricky than run 1 – lot of terrain to deal with! The wind is picking up too – this could be a good one! Hmm, another rather disappointing run from Lara Gut – I suspect she might prefer the faster disciplines at Lake Louise next week? First 5 away and Katharina Liensberger leads; that banana gate fairly early on in the course is taking its toll – with 10 away she is holding on to the lead, ahead of Mugnier and Gagnon. Frida Hansdotter into 2nd; Valerie Grenier is the first DNF of run 2. Mikaela Tommy had a great top section, but then it all went wrong – she’s safely down. Now it’s Alex Tilley; it’s not as good as run 1 – too straight on this course and she’s into 10th at present. Half way TV break, and after it Petra Vlhova takes the lead – good run although she did lose time on the final section. Hrovat out; Hector and Barioz rather off the pace, Marta Bassino into 4th. Just 9 to go – Vlhova leads from Liensberger and Hansdotter. That was close – Anna Veith into 2nd, just 0.03 behind – great final section! Wendy Holdener into the lead (by just 0.02!), and now it’s Mikaela Shiffrin – not perfect but its’s a good charge and she leads by 0.32 – five to go. Vikki Rebensburg well in touch but she’s spun out; Shiffrin, Holdener and Vlhova at present. Tessa Worley next – she isn’t quite as slick on the very final section and now she’s into 2nd – gap just 0.02! What a run from Steph Brunner – not error free but she’s recovered it on the last section and she takes over the lead by 0.21 – impressive; her first World Cup podium guaranteed. Ye gods – Federica Brignone is flying – 0.07 at the start, 0.16 at inter 1, 0.78 at 2 and a massive 1.30 at the final intermediate point – she leads by 0.78 (and, yes, it was her coach who set the course, but even so – very impressive skiing). Just Ragnhild Mowinckel – it’s red by inter 3 but she’s pulled some of it back – into 2nd place! So, Brignone wins, from Mowinckel and Brunner; Shiffrin in 4th ahead of Worley and Holdener – exciting stuff and a great run from Federica Brignone. Slalom here tomorrow. Over to the men’s downhill!!

Lake Louise – Men’s Downhill (24 November): Back to Nick and Finlay, and this is one of the venues that I have skied on. Sadly we start with bad news; Manny O-P has had a bad crash in training and is out for the rest of the season (and Erik Guay is retiring too – not sure when – seems pretty imminent?). Max Franz first away and he’s safely down, although the commentary team didn’t seem to think he’d stay there; Innerhofer goes into 2nd and Mayer 3rd.  Here’s a surprise – Kjetil Jansrud into 4th, and he’s a disappointing 1.41 off the pace! Kilde is marginally slower but Aksel Lund Svindal is a bit faster – into 3rd at present (+0.80). Thomas Dressen has just nicked 3rd from Aksel, by just two hundredths! Better run from Johan Clarey – he takes over third place (+0.64); 10 away and Franz leads from Innerhofer and Clarey. Nice run from  Dominik Paris – he has taken over 3rd place; Austria, Italy, Italy at present. Now – Beat Feuz is next; very quick in training, can he upset things?  No, is the short answer – over a second faster in training but he’s +0.67 here and into 5th! With the start interval and a 1:46 or so course time, this is taking a while! Bad news for my wife, who is a Svindal fan, as Vincent Kriechmayr has just gone 4th, pushing Aksel down to joint 8th.  OK – 20 down and the first TV break; Max Franz leads from Christof Innerhofer and Dominik Paris; then Kriechmayr, Clarey and Feuz. Obviously tricky out there – of the later starters Johannes Kröll (25) has got into 10th, just ahead of Steve Nyman (28). Em, and that was about it – no changes to the top 10 for the rest of the competition; well done Max Franz!

Killington – Women’s Slalom (25 November): Not such a nice day today – quite misty and gloomy and a bit wet too; course set by a Slovakian coach. Frida Hansdotter first away – the visibility is awful (I wonder if you can get away with a straddle in the thicker mist?). Not an error free run, it has to be said, and Bernadette Schild is 0.25 faster. Third away is Mikaela Shiffrin – beautiful on the top section and 0.38 up at inter 2 – amazingly she was 0.43 into the red at inter 3 (I think she was a little late on one turn, but it’s hard to see!), but she’s pulled it back and leads by 0.29! Swenn Larsson into 4th and Petra Vlhova away – she was +0.05 at inter 3, but where Mikaela was able to pull time back from there, she’s dropped a bit – into 3rd. It must be very hard to get that middle section correct as they can’t see the terrain; having said that Katharina Gallhuber has been luckier with the visibility – just green at inter 3 but then a big error and 6th place. Wendy Holdener off the pace a bit – just 7th. Hmm – while some sections are getting better visibility, closer to the finish it’s getting worse – top bit also fading. Irene Curtoni has been very unlucky – couldn’t see her at all in some places! Estelle Alphand has straddled, and she’s out – Erin Mielzynski out in almost the same place; luckily her scream seems to be from anger not pain. The first few skiers were certainly luckier – positions 1 to 6 occupied by bib numbers 1 to 6 (but not in the same order!) - it’s misty pretty much the whole way now. That’s 15 away and the first TV break – Shiffrin leads from Schild and Vlhova; then Hansdotter, Swenn Larsson and Gallhuber. Tina Geiger has skied out; fellow German Lena Dürr has made it and is into 11th place. That’s not bad – Ana Bucik into 9th (+2.31). The vis is much better at the top for a while, but there is some light snow! Next break and no change to the top 6; Bucik the last to get into the top 10. I’m not that good at lip reading or body language but I think I know what Huber said when she straddled! Adeline Mugnier also out – that’s 6 DNFs so far. As Emma C-A said “It’s been a long time since we saw someone smiling at the finish”. Meta Hrovat arguably best of the later starters – into 17th (bib 30); another break and end of coverage. Not a bad effort by Gabriela Capova (CZE, bib 42) – into 22nd place; we’re on start number 56 now, and no sign of Alex Tilley – I wonder if she decided not to race? No, she was number 57, and has sadly just joined the DNFs. That’s run 1 over – no change to the top 20 since Meta Hrovat.
Run 2: One snag with American venues –they clash with food time here! Visibility is a bit better it seems, but the snow is soft and the commentators reckon it will cut up later! The early lead is swapping around – first 5 away and Kristin Lysdahl leads; seems easy to get into the softer stuff if you aren’t careful! Not so much change now – Gabriela Capova was green all the way to inter 3, but has dropped to 3rd at the finish. Roni Remme has a massive advantage at the start, and she’s held on to 0.30 of it to take the lead! Ten away, Remme leads from Lysdahl and Paula Moltzan. Meta Hrovat is pushing hard and going well – massive error though and while she has finished she’s miles off the pace now. Costazza out; we’re half way and the top 3 remain the same. Ah, Laurent St-Germain into 2nd – Canada, Canada and Norway. Nina Haver-Løseth into 3rd; Katharina Liensberger away next – lost a lot from inter 2 to 3, but she’s pulled time back and she leads by 0.29! Lena Dürr just red at inter 1 and 2, but she’s well green at inter 3 (despite what the commentators have been saying) and she takes the lead. Irene Curtoni into 2nd; what a run – Katharina Truppe has really gone for it, and the risks paid off – she leads by a massive 0.74! Bucik out and it’s the last break – Truppe leads from Dürr and Curtoni (AUT/GER/ITA). Hold everything – Michelle Gisin is also flying – she’s gaining time – 0.66 at inter 1 and she leads by 1.39 at the finish; no wonder she’s happy! That was really tremendous skiing. Wendy Holdener can’t quite match that – she goes 2nd. Katharina Gallhuber is green at inter 1 and 2, but she’s drifted into the red at 3, and she’s lost momentum – into 3rd, just about 1 second behind. Anna Swenn Larsson is also gaining time on the upper section, but she too has gone red at inter 3 – great recovery and she’s got enough in hand to take 3rd at present. Frida Hansdotter has kept a good advantage all the way – she leads (0.85 ahead) – course seems to be holding up, it seems? Petra Vlhova gas gained a good bit between inter 2 and 3, and she leads by just over a half second. Just 2 to go – Bernadette Schild is just into the red at inter 2 and she’s lost time from there to inter 3 – she ends up third, for the moment. Right Mikaela Shiffrin has 0.54 in hand at the start; pretty much faultless – she lost a little from 2 to 3 but again she’s pulled it back. Shiffrin wins, (again – she’s happy, the crowd are happy!) that’s her 3rd successive win here. So Mikaela Shiffrin wins from Petra Vlhova and Frida Hansdotter. Schild in 4th, ahead of Gisin and Holdener! Another very exciting race – over to the men’s Super G!

Lake Louise – Men’s Super G (25 November): The weather is a lot better here, and much colder! Christof Innerhofer is the first away, on a course set by a German coach – probably it should suit the real speed merchants rather than the more technical. Well, the first away isn’t going to win today – Thomas Dressen is a full second faster! Now – yesterday’s winner – Max Franz; he’s just missed it – into 2nd, +0.08. Now – Aksel Lund Svindal (wife getting excited) – good run despite his thumb injury, he leads by 0.37. Bostjan Kline into 4th; wife is distraught – Vincent Kriechmayr has just gone 0.43 faster to take the lead! Peter Fill out on the top jump; a very aggressive top section from Kjetil Jansrud, and he’s nicked it by 0.14 – Norway regain the lead (Nick F is getting very excited!). Ten away – Jansrud leads from Kriechmayr and Svindal. Getting gloomier in our house – Hannes Reichelt into 3rd; Aksel off the podium. Matthias Mayer is down and into 5th; Feuz goes 7th. Nice run from Mauro Caviezel – well in touch and he’s into 3rd; looks as though the light conditions are a bit variable now. Apparently either Jansrud or Svindal has won this Super G every year since 2010! Twenty down - Jansrud leads from Kriechmayr and Caviezel; then Reichelt, Svindal and Mayer. The temperature is rising, but the track seems to be holding up at present? Ah, good late run from Sejersted (bib 26) into 8th – the Norwegians like it here! Except for Stian Saugestad, who has just fallen and nearly taken out a camera man – seems they are both OK! That seems to be it – well done Kjetil; Kriechmayr second and Caviezel third; then Reichelt, Svindal and Mayer – hope there are no late changes!! Well done to Ryan Cochrane-Siegle (bib 39) for getting into 12th!
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Beaver Creek and Lake Louise (30 Nov - 2 Dec)

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 01 Dec 2018, 12:44 pm

Beaver Creek – Men’s Downhill (Birds of Prey), 30 Nov: All change at Beaver Creek – the schedule had a Super G today with the Downhill tomorrow, but apparently, due to weather constraints, they’ve swapped them! It doesn’t look very nice today, it has to be said – the start gate has been lowered, losing about 26 seconds of the course – and the storm predicted for this evening might be coming in early! Svindal has won here 4 times, including the last 2 occasions that the race has been held here, but as Nick has tipped him, he’s probably doomed! Finlay reckons it might be Kriechmayr, who goes bib 3? OK – Matthias Mayer is the first away, and it’s snowing; he’s safely down! “Interesting” start by Kilde, very close to the netting – good recovery though and he’s pulled back time to go 2nd, just +0.09. Now Vincent Kriechmayr is really pushing it; lost a bit lower down but he takes the lead by 0.65! Visibility seems to be getting worse too – Adrien Theaux has just nicked the lead though! Aksel Lund Svindal has lost a bit in the middle section, but he’s pulled it back – he’s 0.13 faster than Theaux. Bryce Bennett was fast through the speed guns, but he can  only manage 4th; and now it’s Beat Feuz – he’s dipped into the red a little at times  but he’s green at inter 3 and he takes the lead, by 0.08. Gisin into 7th and Dressen out; he was stopped by the nets but seems to be hurt; sadly you can actually hear him groaning, but the medics are on the scene – race interrupted. Thomas Dressen seems to be sitting up – nice of Nick to remind Finlay of his crashes (2nd time already today!). All still on hold – Feuz leads from Svindal and Theaux; Mauro Caviezel next to go – on the plus side, the snow has eased, although the delay means there might be some fresh snow on the track. Caviezel green at inter 1 and 2, but then just red – he goes into 2nd and my wife (an ALS fan) is not happy! Max Franz into 7th; Clarey joint 5th with Kriechmayr and Paris 8th – conditions have improved though. Surprise – Kjetil Jansrud was green at inter 1 but he’s blown it and ends up 11th; I think the snow is coming back? Yes, mist and fog back and it’s snowing – Carlo Janka has just gone into 8th. Andreas Sander into 17th – not easy after seeing your team mate crash. Peter Fill is the second DNF so far; not quite so spectacular but nasty enough – seems to be OK. Right – 20 away and Feuz leads from Caviezel and Svindal; Theaux 4th with Clarey and Kriechmayr in joint 5th.  Visibility is now so poor in patches that the FIS jury has apparently interrupted things – Patrick Küng away now, and into 13th. It sounds as though Dressen has a left knee injury; Ferstl has done well to get into 11th. Nice run from Steve Nyman – he’s into 8th; that’s 30 away – no change to the top 10 since Nyman. Marko Vukicevic out, but his “suit” has inflated and he seems to be OK; another interruption though which isn’t helping the organisers. Way to go Christian Walder (AUT, bib 44) into 8th! That’s it – race over well done Beat Feuz – I think he’s had more podiums here than anyone, but this is his first win? Caviezel 2nd and Svindal 3rd.

Lake Louise – Women’s Downhill  30 Nov: Well, Mikaela Shiifrin is competing, and looking good in training! No Lindsey Vonn though after a training injury to her knee – doesn’t need surgery though; Sofia Goggia also not here. Anyway – the weather is much better here – blue skies and pretty good vis. Michelle Gisin first away, and she is safely down; Ramona Siebenhofer nicely green early on, but she’s losing quite a bit of time lower down - +1.62! Tina Weirather has also started well, and more in touch – but it’s not enough – into 2nd, +0.44; Corinne Suter into 3rd. Connie Hütter has gone 3rd; and it’s gone quiet for a little while. Nadia Fanchini is going nicely on the upper sections, and nicely green but – she’s skied out, missing a gate. Welcome Back Ilka Stuhec;  - bit rusty but it’s good enough for 3rd at present – Steph Venier has had a good run – into 2nd. So, 10 away – Gisin leads from Venier and Weirather. Disappointing run for Vikki Rebensburg – just 8th. Now – Mikaela Shiffrin (bib 13) – hope she isn’t superstitious! Just green at inter 2, but red at 3 (+0.53) – she’s into 5th, she won’t win here this year. Fantastic run from Nicole Schmidhofer (fastest in final training) to take over the lead by 0.15. Well – 20 away – 20th to go is Kira Weidle (GER), who has gone 3rd!; so, Nicole Schmidhofer leads from Gisin and Weidle– then Venier Wierather, and Stuhec with Shiffrin down to 7th. Sadly, at this point the lurgy that’s been causing me problems all week cut in again and I missed the rest! Not a lot as it turned out – no changes to the top 6; Christine Scheyer (bib 27) went into 7th, Joana Haelen (bib 31) into 8th – Shiffrin ended up 9th , with Hütter 10th.

Beaver Creek – Men’s Super G,  1 Dec: Oh dear – not a good start – a 30 minute delay due to “weather conditions”  - oops, make that a full hour (which is only 30 minutes before the Women’s Downhill is due to start). It does look fairly nasty in Colorado – poor visibility and snow, with lots of workers on the course. Well, it’s on – after the first 5 away (and they really are getting them away quickly), Max Franz leads from Kilde and Dustin Cook – Dominik Paris into joint 2nd. Svindal is possibly still having snags with his injured thumb (?), but a great lower section gets him into joint 2nd (getting a bit crowded there). Kjetil Jansrud next – arguably unlucky with the conditions – into 5th. First TV break – Max Franz leads from Svindal, Paris and Kilde, who are sharing second. Back to the race, and Beat Feuz – bit disappointing by his standards – only 6th. Pinturault is racing – seeking overall points (as Hirscher isn’t here) – a creditable 6th place! Kriechmayr into 5th; this is better – Mauro Caviezel is into 2nd, all on his own – he’s having a good weekend! Reichelt isn’t – a fall just before the finish; great recovery but he’s 15th. Conditions seem to be getting worse as Eurosport shifts to Lake Louise! Matthias Mayer into 7th as we leave!! Looking at the FIS ticker – Theaux into 9th; good run from bib 27 by Travis Ganong into 10th. Thirty away and no change to the top 10 since Travis G. It’s not over yet though – Klemen Kosi has just gone 8th – even more impressive Christoph Krenn (AUT, bib 35) has gone 6th!! Ooh – Ted Ligety is racing – only 21st but nice to see him. Currently Franz, then Caviezel with Svindal, Paris and Kilde tied in 3rd; Krenn in 6th. Good win for Max Franz!

Lake Louise – Women’s Downhill,  1 Dec: It’s a lot nicer here! Ilka Stuhec away and safely down – not completely error free and Nadia Fanchini is 0.65 faster. Apparently Lindsey Vonn has “un-retired” and said today that she will race here next year, having missed it this time! Three down – 3 leaders, and it’s Michelle Gisin’s turn now. Tina Weirather next – nicely in touch and green at inter 3 (and 4) – rats, she’s skied out – good effort to miss the netting. Ramona Siebenhofer briefly green, and into 2nd; Nicole Schmidhofer is going well – very confident after yesterday’s win and she takes the lead by 0.47. Connie Hütter green at 3, but it’s slipped away – great recovery on the final section to go 2nd.  Ten away; Schmidhofer leads from Hütter and Gisin, then Siebenhofer, Fanchini and Weidle. Mowinckel into 10th, but she’s lost it to Tiffany Gauthier. Now – Mikaela Shiffrin, and conditions are very good – green at inter 1, 2 and 3 then a few errors and into 4th (+0.63).  Ester Ledecka into 7th; Vikki Rebensburg can only manage 12th. Steph Venier is into 7th now, but Corinne Suter has taken over, despite trashing a gate. Federica Brignone is 20th away – not the best top section and she hasn’t been able to pull it back – 14th. So, at present Schmidhofer, Hütter and Gisin; Shiffrin 4th ahead of Siebenhofer and Fanchini, and another TV break – lurgy playing up – not sure I’ll wait for too much more! I called it a day there, but it seems the only late change affecting that top 6 was Nicol Delago going into 5th (from bib 23).

Beaver Creek – Men’s Giant Slalom,  2 Dec: Busy day – 2 biathlon relays earlier on, this race now and a Super G for the women (what has the weather in store today?) Oh good – ski jumping on before the race; if it needs judges marks, I don’t like it, and it almost always over-runs! Ooh, exciting – man looking at flag; I’ve found the Beaver Creek video only feed though – Marcel Hirscher away 5th. Victor Muffat-Jeandet is first away on run 1 – down safely, but no commentary, of course! Can’t compare Manuel Feller, as he’s a DNF! On the plus side it’s a much better day – course set by a French coach and it looks very twisty. Commentary feed is on - not too much delay! Alexis Pinturault has just gone into the lead, by just 0.04; Kranjec goes 3rd. Next away is Marcel Hirscher – nicely green at inter 2, 0.33 ahead by inter 3 and he leads by 0.68 – very impressive. Lovely to watch. However, Henrik Kristoffersen is next and he’s just green at inter 1 and 2; he’s increased it at 3, but at the finish he’s just 0.02 slower – it’s going to be an interesting second run! Well, that was exciting – now, Matts Olsson into 3rd and Loic Meillard is drifting between red and green  - he’s taken over 3rd place. Stefan Luitz back from ACL injury and he’s going very nicely – green all the way and he’s faster than Hirscher! And, the next course will be set by a German coach. Ten away – Luitz leads from Hirscher and Kristoffersen, then Meillard, Olsson and Pinturault. Quite sad to see Ted Ligety 1.45 off the pace; in 10th at present. Manfred Mölgg into 5th; Tonetti into 10th; no other changes to the top 10 as we go to the next TV break. There are 72 starters today, with the Women’s Super G fast approaching; nice to see Fritz Dopfer go 11th; that’s useful – the FIS live feed has jammed with Kilde apparently in the start gate – once I cleared it, it seems that there has been no change so far to the top 10 since Tonetti. No change to the top 20 since Brian McLaughlin (bib 37) nipped into 18th.  That’s run 1 over.
Run 2: I was going to just do an update after the first 10 were down, but 10th away was Thomas Tumler (SUI) and he produced a really storming run to take over the lead – excellent. Windingstad (NOR) in 2nd and Zampa (SVK) 3rd. Tommy Ford into 3rd; Schmid goes 4th as we take a break with 12 to go! Leif K N-H (for heaven’s sake man, how many names do you need?) into 3rd; good stuff – Ted Ligety into 2nd at present! Pity – I like Ted but Mathieu Faivre into 2nd; 9 to go and Tumler still leads from Faivre, with Tonetti just into 3rd. Now 8 to go, and Victor M-J is next, with a massive 1.23 in hand; half gone by inter 1, almost all by 2 and he’s 5th – this is a tricky course and it’s getting rutted! Alexis Pinturault has also lost a bit to inter 1, more by 2 and red by 3 – he’s a disappointing 9th. Similar story for Matts Olsson on the top section, but he’s managed to get into 2nd after a better final section. Manfred Mölgg starts with 1.51 and he’s red at 2 – that’s 12th! It seems the combination of grippy snow and ruts are a serious test; Loic Meillard on track now and he’s just green at 3 – this is better, into 2nd. Now let’s see – Henrik Kristoffersen has 1.93 advantage at his start point – he is losing time but still has over a second at inter 2 – oops – just 0.17 left at 3, and he’s second!! Now can Hirscher do better? He’s gone from 1.95 at the start to 1.5 at inter 2, 0.79 at 3 – he leads – the man is a legend! I always used to prefer the speed disciplines but so far this season the Slalom and GS are proving much more exciting! Luitz going well, but he’s just in the red at 3 after an error – what a final section – he wins! What a race – Stefan Luitz wins, from Hirscher and Tumler, with Kristoffersen 4th ahead of Meillard and Olsson. What a way for Luitz to celebrate his return!

Lake Louise – Women’s Super G,  2 Dec: Not quite as nice as the previous 2 days, but still OK – Vikki Rebensburg first away; safely down but “not faultless” apparently. Good enough to beat Steph Venier though, who goes into 2nd. Elena Curtoni is very fast through the speed guns, but goes 3rd; Nadia Fanchini into 4th. Lara Gut- Behrami goes 2nd; now, Anna Veith is gaining time on the lower section after a couple early errors – very fast through the final speed gun and she goes 2nd (+0.07). Nasty crash for Tessa Worley, but the air bag has inflated and she seems OK. That’s 10 – Rebensburg leads from Veith and Gut-B. Slight delay as Worley clears the course, and Federica Brignone into 5th; Mikaela Shiffrin is next  and nicely green at inter 3 – she leads by a truly amazing 0,83 – a very happy crowd, although Vikki looks less enthused! Ilka Stuhec into 6th; Nicole Schmidhofer isn’t going to get the triple this time – 7th. Some significant changes - Ragnhild Mowinckel (19) has gone into 2nd, Romane Miradoli (25)has gone 4th, but has been dislodged by Ramona Siebenhofer (28). Nasty crash from Christine Scheyer – looked as though she might need a helicopter, but in the end she seems to have skied down on 1 ski to clear the course – hope she’s OK doing that! To re-cap – with 30 down Shiffrin leads, from Mowinckel, Rebensburg, Siebenhofer, Miradoli and Veith. Another change – Valerie Grenier (CAN, 32) into 5th, and Nina Ortleib out but hopefully OK. That seems to be it for the coverage? Not a lot after that – Marie-Michelle Gagnon the last to break into the top 20 at present. That’s it - Mikaela Shiffrin has won a World Cup event in all 4 disciplines! Mowinckel 2nd and Rebensburg 3rd; Siebenhofer in 4th ahead of Grenier and Miradoli.


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Biathlon - Pokljuka - Single Mixed Relay and Mixed Relay (2 Dec)

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 02 Dec 2018, 12:08 pm

Pokljuka – Single Mixed Relay – 2 Dec: Well, nice to be back, although the IBU website doesn’t seem to be very friendly at present – why must people “improve” things every year? Some bad new – the IBU have apparently charged 4 Russian athletes (Evgeny Ustyugov, Svetlana Sleptsova, Alexander Pechenkin and Alexander Chernysev) for doping violations, based on analysis of samples collected between 2012 and 2015 – not the ideal start to the season! Right – I seem to have remembered where the data center [sic] is and I’ve eventually got it to display the pages I wanted – longer than I thought since the last race! Twenty five teams today, but sadly no Brits this year. Conditions look fairly good, although the range can be tricky here. Some well-known names – Austria sticking with Simon Eder and Lisa Theresa Hauser; France have Anais Chevalier and Antonin Guigonnat; Germany using Franzi Hildebrand and Eric Lesser – Norway trying Thekla Brun-Lie and Lars Helge Birkland. New season is away – Chevalier into the early lead ahead of Hauser and Franzi H, but it’s a modest pace (probably only twice what I ever managed!!). In for shooting 1 – prone and flat calm conditions – Chevalier has used 2 spares, but poor Anita Gasparin has used all 3 spares and ended up doing 2 penalty loops as well. So Merkushyna (UKR) leads out, ahead of Kaisheva (RUS), Brun-Lie, Sola (BLR), Sanfilippo (ITA) and Hildebrand. Thekla B-L leads in for S2; again Merkushyna is fast and doesn’t need spares – she leads out; Chevalier 2nd, then Kaisheva, Bankes (CAN), Hildebrand and Tachizaki. Straight into the first exchange – so UKR lead, then FRA/RUS/CAN/GER/JPN. Norway in 9th, Austria 10th. I see both Italy and Belarus were on the loop at S2. Men already in for their first shoot – Guigonnat has cleared easily and leads away from Gow (CAN), Tyshchenko (UKR), Lesser and Birkeland, but there’s only 14.1 seconds between the top 10 – I see Lapshin (KOR) has done a penalty loop! All change at S4 – Birkeland leads out, ahead of Tyschenko, Lesser and Gow; Garanichev up to 5th and Lindström 6th. Guigonnat has had a bit of a melt down and ended up with a penalty loop, dropping him to 10th; Lapshin has done another loop! Straight into exchange 2 – NOR/UKR/GER/CAN/RUS/SWE; technicians already working on the skis for the next leg! Women in for S5 – Brun-Lie leads out, ahead of Merkushyna and Hildebrand (all using no spares), Hauser (clear this time) up to 4th and Chevalier has got up to 5th, despite that penalty loop. Hauser is pushing the pace now, and she’s gone into the lead – let’s see how that plays in S6! Right – last shoot for the women – Brun-Lie clear and leads out, ahead of Merkushyna. Hauser needed 1 spare but is still 3rd, ahead of Franzi H. Chevalier needed 1 more spare but holds on to 6th, just 16 seconds back. So, final exchange in those positions and the men are soon in for S7. Simon Eder clear and away, ahead of Tyschenko and Birkeland (+2.8). Guigonnat is in 4th (+13.9) and Eric Lesser, who was pushing on the way into the range, has ended up on the penalty loop – he’s 5th, just ahead of Garanichev and Gow. Leading 3 in for the final shoot – Birkeland clear and away, Eder slow but he’s also clear and out 2nd (+7.6). Tyschenko used 1 spare, out 3rd (+10.2) ahead of Guigonnat (3 more spares), Gow and Garanichev. So, first race is over – great work from Norway (0+4) to take the win, ahead of Austria (0+5), Ukraine (0+1), France (1+9), Sweden (0+10) and Canada (0+10). Germany in 8th after Eric’s disastrous prone shoot!

Pokljuka –Mixed Relay – 2 Dec: Now, this is a bit more like it – Doro Wierer, a couple of Bøs, Martin Fourcade! No Koukalova this year though (and she seems unsure if she will return at all), and Laura Dahlmeier has health snags at present. Despite what they say, I can’t see Eurosport coverage starting on time; Nordic combined 10 Km from Lillehammer still running; luckily there is video only – hmm, Lukas Hofer on the final leg for Italy; don’t recognise Horn (leg 3 Germany) and the IBU seem to have no photo of him for the start montage! Right – the first leg is away; at 1.4 Km Vanessa Hinz leads (just) from Vittozzi, Fialkova, Bescond, Solemdal and Starykh. From what I saw Susan Dunklee seems to have lost a pole and a ski – not sure what happened there (Collision with a Swede apparently). OK – shoot 1; Vittozzi clear and out, ahead of Fialkova (SVK), Solemdal, Semerenko, Hinz and Tomingas (EST) – just Maeda (JPN) on the penalty loop. Dunklee has got a new ski, and she’s out 23rd (+1:16). In for shoot 2 – Vittozzi again clear and out – nice shooting! Bescond clear this time and out 2nd, then Starykh, Crawford, Mari Eder (FIN, was Laukkanen) and Vitkova (CZE). Patrick already on form – it was Franzi P who did the SMR for Germany, not Hammerschmidt, but I take the point about the strange German team choice for this relay. Right – exchange 1 – FIN/FRA/ITA/CAN/RUS/GER; someone called Kaisa Mäkäräinen is leading them out, ahead of Braisaz, Wierer, Tandy, Herrmann and Yurlova-P. The leading 3 have a quite nice gap at this point. The wind seems to have got up, quite noticeably as they come in for S3 – Kaisa has cleared the lot, no spares; Doro W is 2nd, but +18.9 (2 spares), Haecki (SUI) 3rd, then Yurlova-P, Braisaz and Herrmann. Kaisa is in for S4; 1 spare and away – Doro has cleared the lot, really fast – vintage stuff! So, Kaisa leads from Doro, Braisaz, Herrmann, Haecki (3 spares used) and Yurlova-P. Now – France are only 19.6 behind after S4, and have some lad called Martin Fourcade on leg 3 – interesting team sequence!? Kaisa is flying – no one can accuse her of not doing her bit for Finland. Not sure what has happened to Norway - only 5 spare rounds used but they are 3 minutes adrift (early fall?)! Exchange 2 – FIN/ITA/FRA/GER/SUI/RUS. Seppala leading at 1.2 Km, ahead of Windisch and Fourcade (going at it!), then Horn, Weger and Malyshko. In for S5 – Seppala used 1 spare, but leads out, Martin F clear and 2nd, Benni Weger out 3rd, ahead of Windisch, Malyshko and Horn – both Italy and Germany having to do a penalty loop here! Tarjei Bø has used 1 spare and is 11th, having made up some 11 seconds only. In for S6 – Martin F has closed so that he will settle just as Seppala starts – the Finn started well, very focussed but he’s has missed his last shot and can’t get it with spares – he’s on the penalty loop. Martin F leads out, Weger up to 2nd, Seppala still holding on to 3rd; Malyshko 4th ahead of Windisch and Horn. Good final section from Weger, holding on to Fourcade – exchange FRA/SUI/FIN/RUS/ITA/GER. I missed that – Austria have done 3 penalty loops so far (0,2,1). Simon Desthieux leading away from Finello, Hidensalo, Loginov, Hofer and Doll. Finello has gone off fast – he’s pulled back 6 seconds in the first 1.2 Kms! S7 – Desthieux looking like a machine and he’s clear, but Finello needed 1 spare which has lost him 10 seconds. Lukas Hofer has also cleared and he’s out 3rd, ahead of Hidensalo, Loginov and Doll. Desthieux in for his last shoot – he’s missed 2 but got both with spares, Finello also with 2 spares and Lukas Hofer has used just 1 spare to come out 3rd. Loginov out 4th, passing Hidensalo – Doll had the chance to pass him too, but he has gone onto the penalty loop instead (what is wrong with the German men?), so JoBø (who we haven’t really seen so far) is up to 6th! That’s pretty much it – great work by the French (0+5) to get the win here, ahead of the Swiss (0+9) and Italy (1+8). Russia (0+6) 4th, ahead of Finland (1+11) and Norway (0+7). Germany (2+11) in 7th thanks to the men doing a loop each! Austria racked up an amazing (3+16)! Well, that’s it for a couple days, then the Individuals!
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Biathlon - Pokljuka - Individual Races - 5/6 Dec

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Pokljuka – Men’s 20 Km Individual, 5 Dec: Well this is going to be a long afternoon - 20 Km, and 110 starters! Ah, quite foggy in Pokljuka – the jury have delayed the race by 20 minutes as you can’t see the targets from the mats – bit of a snag! Rats – cancelled; the coaches can’t see the fall of shot, zeroing isn’t safe and the race director reckons that even if they did start, it wouldn’t be a fair competition, especially as it starts to get dark. They aim to run this race earlier tomorrow, before the women’s event! Short afternoon, after all!

Pokljuka – Men’s 20 Km Individual, 6 Dec: Well, let’s hope this is a bit more successful! Conditions do look better, but there is still a lot of cloud about. Martin F is going number 87 – very late, especially as he was in group 1 in yesterday’s draw. Right – the race is away; Yeremin (KAZ) is the first to start. At certain of the higher points of the course, it’s still quite foggy – hopefully it won’t drift back onto the range. The early starters are at S1 – remember that this is the old style competition – np penalty loops, just a full minute added to the time for each miss. At S1 there are a few clear scores – Erik Lesser included, but poor Serafin Wiestner (SUI) has missed 3! Jesper Nelin clear at S1 – this is the chap who cleared 15/15 at the Olympics and then missed 3 of his last 5. Fastest at S1 at present – Erik Lesser, then Iliev and Nelin; as I type Benedikt Doll has gone 0.5 faster. Vladimir Iliev skiing quickly, but he’s missed 2 at S2; Lesser has missed 1 – Johannes Kühn the first to go clear at S2; V S Christiansen also clear and a fraction faster – Jesper Nelin even better. Klemen Bauer has missed 2 at S2; Scott Gow clear and currently 2nd here. Ah, JoBø is away and fastest at 3.4 Km! He’s in for S1 – all clear and Johannes leads out, ahead of Hofer and Doll. At S3 Johannes Kühn is clear, as is Christiansen but Nelin has missed 1. At S2 Schempp is now fastest, ahead of Loginov and Nelin, all 10/10 there. At S4 Johannes Kühn is 20/20; Christiansen has also managed it, but he’s 41 seconds slower; Lesser and Nelin have missed 1 more each, and the IBU datecenter has dropped out! Oops with the data dropping out I didn’t see JoBø miss at S2, and he’s just missed 2 more at S3. At the moment Johannes Kühn leads at the finish line; back at S1 Martin Fourcade is clear but just 10th fastest. At S4 Simon Schempp has missed his last shot! Now, Jakov Fak has cleared all 5 at S4, but he missed 1 at 3 – even so he’s only 19.1 slower than Kühn; Simon Eder has just gone 20/20 and he’s just 5 seconds slower than Kühn! Back in the field Martin Fourcade is losing time – bad choice to start so late, it seems (although they are measuring him against the leader at that point, not Kühn). Seb Samuelsson over the line – fast ski speed but poor on the range today with 2 misses. That’s odd – the timing showed Fourcade as being about 40 seconds off the pace, but as he leaves S2 (10/10) he’s just 7.2 behind – that’s the problem with comparing him to the leader at that stage – many of them have missed later on and dropped out of the running. Patrick and Mike confused, and so am I! Eder losing time on the track – he’s into 2nd place – currently it’s Kühn (0,0,0,0), ahead of Eder (0,0,0,0) and Fak (0,0,1,0), then Schempp, Semenov and (amazingly) JoBø (0,1,2,0)! Martin F in for S3 – 15/15, faster than Birkeland was there, speaking of whom – Birkeland looked a threat after S3 but he had a miss at S4. Fog seems to be coming back – shouldn’t be a problem for this race but a bit of a worry for the women. Right – Martin F has cleared all 20, and now the split times are against the lead at S4. Martin F is actually 16.3 faster here than Kühn was – he’s lost some though, as it’s 7.8 at 18.7 Km; 8.8 at 19.4 however and he’s upped the work rate. All a bit close at the end; Martin Fourcade wins but only by 4.2 seconds! Johannes Kühn gets his first podium, with Simon Eder in third. Fak 4th, ahead of Schempp and Semenov – JoBø in 7th despite his 3 misses. Highest number of misses – 11 for Angelis (Greece); fastest on the range seems to have been Lapshin (KOR).

Pokljuka – Women’s 15 Km Individual, 6 Dec: Quite a few “names” going relatively early; Susan Dunklee 3, Doro Wierer 5, Kuzmina 14, Franzi Preuß 18. Bescond and Braisaz both going late though – maybe the track will be faster later but it is still rather cut up after the men’s race! Race is on – Rosanna Crawford first away. Early starters are now at S1 – Doro is clear and fastest at present ahead of Persson, Innerhofer and Dunklee. Tandrevold among those who have missed one here; Kuzmina has just joined them. Denise Herrmann has just gone fastest at 2.4 Km; Preuß is second after S1 now. Innerhofer has missed 3 at S2, Doro has missed 1 at S2; interesting, Herrmann is leading after S1 having hit all 5 there. At present at S1 it’s Herrmann, Haecki and Wierer; at S2 Dunklee, Persson and Kryuko – the only 3 who are 10/10 so far. Hanna Öberg has just gone fastest at S1, but Kaisa has somehow managed 4 misses. Franzi Preuß clear at S2 and leads, but Franzi H has missed 1 here. Dunklee is 15/15, but she’s only 7 seconds ahead of Doro who has missed a target. Herrmann has missed 1 at S2. That’s a great start - Hanna Öberg is 10/10 and 30.3 faster than Franzi P, who has just gone clear at S3, although her ski speed isn’t exactly noteworthy! Rats, Denis Herrmann has missed number 15 – her second miss. Susan Dunklee has missed 1 at S4, and leaves the range behind Doro, who missed another here. Linn Persson has missed her 20th; ten through S4 and no one clear so far. Öberg has just missed 1 at S3, and she’s tripped leaving the mat; Karo Horchler has missed her 20th too. Kuzmina (1,0,1,1) is 5th after S4, just over one minute back despite 3 minutes of penalty – largely I suspect because that compares her to Doro, who has missed 2! This is getting interesting – Vittozzi out after S4 5.6 ahead of Doro; Franzi P has missed her 20th too! Back at S1 Marte Olsbu Roeiseland is clear and in touch. Interesting, Paulina Fialkova (SVK) has split the two Italians after S4, despite 2 misses, one second faster than Doro. Just to complicate things Baiba Bendika (LAT) has just become the first person to clear 20/20, and she leads Vittozzi by 14.1. Currently at the finish it’s Vittozzi, Wierer, Öberg, Preuß , Dunklee and Kryuko. All very close, and getting more so – Monika Hojnisz was 15/15 and in touch as she came into S4 – she missed number 16, but has still come out in the lead, by just 0.2. Fialkova is flying on the final lap – she’s overtaken Bendika. Fialkova leads at present from Bendika (+1.3) and Vittozzi, but Hojnisz is also turning on the afterburners – she’s ahead of Fialkova at 13.7 Km and gaining time – she leads! Now, back at S3 Marketa Davidova (CZE) is 15/15 and just 0.5 behind Hojnisz’s time. At S4 Davidova has missed her 19th – out 3rd, +9.2. Just 3 perfect scores at present; Bendika, Yuliia Zhuravok (UKR) and Venla Lehtonen (FIN). Yuliia Dzhima has just joined the 20/20 group and leaves the range in the lead by 15.3 – not sure she has the ski speed; she’s quite small and the snow is deep and very cut up, but it is getting colder. Valeriia Vasnetcova (RUS) has also gone 20/20 but she’s only 10th as she leaves the range. Dzhima is at 13.7 Km – 15.3 advantage has become just 2.1. However, at 14.4 the gap is back out to 3.3 – she’s done it!! So Yuliia Dzhima (UKR, 0,0,0,0) wins from Monika Hojnisz (POL, 0,0,0,1) and Marketa Davidova (CZE, 0,0,0,1). Fialkova (1,1,0,0) in 4th, ahead of Bendika (0,0,0,0) and Vittozzi (0,1,0,0). That was a superb race – Dzhima’s first World Cup win, I think! Doro fastest on the range; Kaisa quickest around the course ahead of Herrmann and Fialkova.

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Biathlon - Pokljuka - Sprints - 7/8 Dec

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Pokljuka – Men’s 10 Km Sprint,  7 Dec: Slightly warm conditions – you wouldn’t really want to be going later on – Martin F goes number 7 today! One who is going late – hoping that it all freezes – is Jacov Fak – let’s see if it works! Race is away – Scott Gow of Canada the first away. Jesper Nelin has stepped in to replace Freddie Lindström, who is unwell. Well, back to the normal scheme of penalty loops today, after the Individuals. At 2 Km Martin Fourcade has gone through in 3rd – a gentle start! Dominik Windisch seems to be first into the range – where has Scott Gow gone? Ah, he’s missed 2 and is on the loops – sadly Arnd Peiffer has also missed 2 – he’s just become a father (6 weeks early?) so perhaps his mind is wandering? Martin F has missed his first shot! At present Garanichev leads after S1, tied with Krcmar and with Windisch 3rd. Birkeland has also missed 1, Desthieux 2, Yeremin 3. At present Martin F isn’t making up time on the lap. Luka Hofer has missed his 5th; QFM has missed 1 at S1 and Windisch has missed 2 at S2. JoBø on the track, and currently fastest at 2 Km. Martin F is clear at S2 but he’s 17.8 behind Krcmar who has cleared all 10. Tarjei Bø currently fastest after S1, 7.2 better than Krcmar. Hmm – it’s a family affair – JoBø has just gone even faster – 11.5 better than Tarjei. At S2 Sean Doherty is 10/10 and close behind Michal Krcmar; Simon Desthieux is ahead of Fourcade despite one extra loop – which seems odd? Missed that – Simon Schempp has missed 3 at S1; Benedikt Doll clear though. Simon Eder is 10/10 and leads at S2; Tarjei has missed 1 here. Martin F certainly isn’t going to win today – he didn’t gain much at all on his final lap and is currently 3rd, behind Krcmar and Garanichev. JoBø has missed his first at S2, but his ski speed is amazing! He leaves the range 20.9 ahead of Eder, who hit all 10! Doll has also missed 1 at S2 – I can’t see anyone beating Johannes Thingnes Bø; at the finish at present Desthieux leads (despite 2 misses) ahead of Eder (0 misses) and Krcmar (0), then QFM, Eberhard and Hofer. All change – Tarjei takes over the lead, until young Johannes takes over – 31.2 faster! I have to think that Martin F is exhausted after the Individual and his late start. Doll into 3rd, behind the Bø brothers. Looking back to S2 – Loginov and Guigonnat are both 10/10 and some 20 seconds behind JoBø – maybe not a Bø one/two today after all? Loginov just holding off Guigonnat on the lap times – Guigonnat into 2nd, and amazingly Loginov has lost 6 second from the final split and goes into 3rd. Looking back to S1 Emilien Jacquelin has gone clear and he’s about the same time as Loginov. Pity – he’s dropped 2 at S2. Probably the last threat to the top 6 is Sindre Pettersen (NOR) who is clear after S1 and still in touch at 6 Km – he’s clear at S2 and out in 5th, +25.4 (faster than Tarjei!). He’s into 6th and it’s only his second World Cup race!  So JoBø (0,1) wins, ahead of Guigonnat (0,0) and Loginov (0,0); Tarjei (0,1) in 4th ahead of Doll (0,1) and Pettersen (0,0). Martin Fourcade isn’t even in the top 20, which is amazing; he’s +1:12.2 and he’s lost the yellow bib. The pursuit should be interesting!

Pokljuka – Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint, 8 Dec: Conditions look quite good – not much wind at present. The US kit looks awful – what were they thinking? Right – the race is on; a lot of well-known names going fairly early. Early starters at S1 – first two clear, Dunklee leads out and she’s a lot quicker than Vitková. Tandrevold has missed her 5th, and Kuzmina has also missed 1; Nadine Horchler clear and closer to Dunklee’s time; Puskarčíková into 3rd after S1. Nice shooting from Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht; she’s the new leader at S1. Dunklee has missed 2 at S2; Kaisa M is clear at S1 and almost 10 seconds ahead of Yurlova’s time. Nadine H has missed 1 at S2; Doro Wierer is clear at S1 and marginally ahead of Kaisa. Kuzmina has missed another at S2 but she’s skiing very fast – she leads at present – Tandrevold is no slouch on skis but with her 2 misses she’s 22.2 slower. Eva Puskarčíková is 10/10 and just behind Kuzmina’s time; Yurlova-P has missed 2 at S2. Impressive – Kaisa has gone 10/10 and leads after S2, but Doro W is doing her “get the rounds away” speed and she’s also 10/10 – 2.6 faster than Kaisa - Doro gained 15 seconds on that fast shoot! Back at S1 Vittozzi is clear and in touch – so is Braisaz. Vittozzi has missed her 10th; Kaisa M has finished and she’s well clear of the competition; Doro W is into 2nd, +15.0, with Frolina (KOR) in 3rd – all 10/10. Franzi H isn’t looking happy on that last descent – quite shaky and she’s into 12th. Ah, that’s why she was looking less confident – she had a fall earlier in the lap. Braisaz is 10/10; 3rd after S2 at present. Finish at present – Kaisa M, Doro with Vittozzi into 3rd, ahead of Gasparin (E) and Egan. Back at S1 Karo Knotten (NOR) is clear and in touch. One of my favourites, Vanessa Hinz, is 1,1, but still the best of the Germans in 11th place at present! Justine Braisaz into 3rd; Knotten has missed 1 at S2. Odd – Solemdal is 10/10 but way off the pace – I wonder if she’s had a fall too? Paulina Fialkova was in touch at S2, but she’s missed 1; Starykh has gone into 5th. Mona Brorsson clear at S1, but +19.1. Fialkova into 5th, which will help her position in the standings. Franzi Preuß (1,0) in the top 10 after S2; she’s been pushed down by Hojnisz and Vasnetcova who are both 10/10. Now, Evgeniya Pavlova (RUS) has gone 10/10 and she’s faster than Vittozzi. Preuß over the finish line, currently in 6th – best of the Germans. Hojnisz is gaining places on the lap; Vasnetcova going backwards. Interesting, Anna Weidel (GER) also 10/10 and out of the range in 7th. Margarita Vasileva (RUS) is 10/10 and out after S2 in 4th. Julia Simon 10/10 and very unlucky with the rifle – needed to manually feed 1 round. Pavlova into 6th; Weidel is over the line in 8th. A few more changes – Kaisa leads Doro W, Braisaz still in 3rd, but Julia Simon is into 4th (and could have been on the podium except for that rifle snag), then Vittozzi and Fialkova. Pidhrushna (UKR) into 7th, ahead of Pavlova. Vasileva has gone backwards after S2 and is currently 13th. Well done Kaisa – very impressive! Doro almost 30 seconds ahead of the competition, so tomorrow should be interesting – lots of pressure!



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Val d'Isere and St Moritz 8/9 Dec

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 12:48 pm

Val d”Isere – Men’s GS, 8 Dec: Doesn’t look nice – cold weather which is good but poor visibility and wind, and it’s snowing. The start has been lowered, and this piste is fairly notorious for steepness – seems the race is going ahead. Big fuss about Stefan Luitz taking oxygen last week – not illegal but he might be DQ’d – not sure how the FIS could do that? Anyway – all set to go but the FIS referee has held the start; not sure Marcel Hirscher is impressed as he was actually in the gate – and the track is getting a covering of fresh snow. Right he’s away – that is steep! He’s down; Alexis Pinturault next  so we can get an idea of how fast Marcel Hirscher was – Pinturault is 1.31 slower! Henrik Kristoffersen away bib 3 – he too is well into the red and goes 2nd, +1.20. Matts Olsson next and he’s a bit closer – he goes 2nd; +0.99, so at least he’s within a second! Better still – Zan Kranjec has taken over 2nd place. +0.71. The FIS are getting people down the hill – short start intervals and no TV break – if anything the weather is getting worse. Ten away; Hirscher leads from Kranjec and Olsson, then Kristoffersen, Pinturault and Feller. Impressive to see Felix Neureuther, back from ACL injury, skiing today with a broken thumb – sadly only 9th. Loic Meillard the next to change the top 6, getting into 6th place. Steve Missillier has gone into the netting – hope he’s OK. Thirty away and no change to the top 6 since Loic Meillard and that’s how run 1 ended. Best of the later starters possibly Marco Odermatt (32) into 12th?
Run 2: It has to be said that it doesn’t look any better here! Right – missed a bit as I had to sort some deliveries, but with the first 10 down Erik Read leads for Canada; Filip Zubcic has just gone into 2nd with Schmid in 3rd. Felix Neureuther is still not at full power – just 7th! The later starters seem to be losing time pretty much all the way – the course is getting very rutted. Now Riccardo Tonetti is going rather nicely – kept it in the green all the way and gained time from inter 3 to the finish, and he leads. Victor Muffat-Jeandet into 4th; the visibility is getting worse as the storm comes in. Now Marco Odermatt (SUI) did well on run 1, and he’s going well here too – he takes over the lead by 0.07. Not for long though, Tommy Ford going well all the way to inter 3; he’s lost a bit of time from there, but he’s enough left to take the lead by just 0.03. Mathieu Faivre into 4th; Loic Meillard has put in a good run, and he leads. Alexis Pinturault is drifting from red to green and back – good final section and he leads. Now it’s Henrik Kristoffersen; lost a bit at the top but then he started to gain time – bit risky at times, but he now leads by 0.28. Three to go – Matts Olsson in touch and he’s skied a better final section, but it’s not enough – into 2nd.  Zan Kranjec is losing time steadily and he’s red at inter 3; disappointing final section and he’s just 8th! Just Hirscher to go – ye gods he’s gaining time to inter 2; lost a tiny bit to inter 3 and he’s kept it there – win 60 for Marcel Hirscher, by 1.18! An absolute master class.  So Marcel Hirscher wins, Kristoffersen 2nd, with Matts Olsson third. Pinturault in 4th, ahead of Meillard and Ford.

St Moritz – Women’s Super G, 8 Dec: Well, what a contrast – it’s quite nice here, although it was snowing a little earlier on – seems amazing that the women’s races scheduled for Val d’Isere have been cancelled due to lack of snow!! Apparently they will go to Val Gardena in two weeks’ time, instead? Anyway – it’s a lovely day for the Super G; Elena Curtoni will open the action today, on a course set by a Norwegian coach. Curtoni safely down, and next should have been Tessa Worley but she isn’t starting today (fallout from last weeks’ crash?). Federica Brignone next but she’s had a big crash – she’s back on her feet and skiing down. The race is back on, and Wendy Holdener is away – red at the first 2 intermediates, then green and she takes over the lead by 0.03. Anna Veith has had a problem with the little jump, and she’s a DNF. Ramona Siebenhofer next and nicely into the green but she’s missed a gate. She was bib 6 – we have one DNS, 3 DNFs and just 2 finishers so far! That’s more like it – Tina Weirather has not only got down, but she leads by a massive 1.43! And again – Lara Gut-B on course and despite being red at inter 3 she takes over the lead by 0.14. Steph Venier goes into 3rd, despite taking the long way round on the upper section! TV break after 10 – Lara Gut-Behrami leads, from Weirather and Venier. Michelle Gisin into 3rd; here comes Mikaela Shiffrin – just green at inter 2, better at 3 and she takes over the lead, by 0.28. Apparently she is the only person who has won a world Cup event in the main 4 disciplines, plus the combined, with a parallel slalom event to round off the list! Joana Haehlen into 5th; Ragnhild Mowinckel well in touch at inter 3, but a tiny mistake has dropped her to 4th; big sigh of relief from Shiffrin! Rebensburg into 7th; Nadia Fanchini out and taking an interesting line under the advertising boards – I think she’s OK – apparently she is; good news. Twenty away – Shiffrin leads ahead of Gut-B and Weirather, then Mowinckel, Gisin and Haehlen. No changes for a while; top 10 still the same with 30 away. Change at last – Marie-Michele Gagnon (36) into 6th! That’s it – Mikaela Shiffrin has just won her second Super G in as many weeks! Lara Gut-Behrami is the runner up with Tina Weirather getting the final podium spot!

Val d”Isere – Men’s Slalom, 9 Dec: Seems to be cancelled! Yes – due to strong wind gusts, no slalom today

St Moritz – Ladies Parallel Slalom, 9 Dec: Well despite the FIS saying this starts at 1230 local they seem to have already had the first run of the 1/16 final - winners Shiffrin, Holtmann, Haver-Løseth, Gritsch, Mugnier, Swenn Larsson, Liensberger, Truppe, Brunner, Danioth. Remme, Vlhova, Gallhuber, Dürr, Irene Curtoni and Holdener. Now, can the same names win on run 2? Looks a bit misty and it’s snowing a bit – here we go on run 2. Shiffrin well clear of St-Germain and through to the next round. Holtmann (NOR) has also won again and has the dubious pleasure of meeting Shiffrin in the next round. Haver-Løseth has increased her lead and wins her round; Bernadette Schild has fallen so Gritsch gets an easy win. Mugnier has won against Brignone again; Mielzynski the first to overturn the result of run 1, beating Swenn Larsson. Liensberger through; it’s windier and the visibility is going – the gates are being flattened! Truppe through, as is Brunner, but Danioth (SUI) has lost to Ferk. Roni Remme just wins again; Vlhova cruises through. Gallhuber wins again, so does Dürr; Irene Curtoni has only just held off Meta Hrovat. Just Holdener v Hansdotter to come – Frida Hansdotter has fallen, which settles that one!
On to the 1/8th final: One run only at this stage. No surprise that Mikaela Shiffrin is through to the quarter finals. Nina Haver-Løseth has started well, and she’s beaten Gritsch – she won’t be stealing this event! Mielzynski has beaten Mugnier; Truppe is a DNF so Liensberger is through – that was close until the fall. Brunner has narrowly beaten Ferk; Remme a DNF and Vlhova through. Dürr has just pipped Gallhuber, Wendy Holdener has delighted the crowd by beating Curtoni – that was all very fast!
Quarter finals: Good close battle but Shiffrin takes it against Haver-Løseth. Liensberger has pipped Mielzynski; an even closer race next, which Vlhova has just won – this is all very close. Holdener has beaten Dürr.
Semi Finals: Shiffrin v Liensberger; Vlhova v Holdener. First however the ranking points need sorting between the losing QF pairs. Nina H-L has beaten Erin Mielzynski by just 0.09! An even closer one – Brunner beats Dürr by just 4 hundredths. Now the QF winners – Shiffrin has convincingly beaten Liensberger; Vlhova has gone through against Holdener by just 2 hundredths!
Finals – small final first: The race for 7th and 8th first; Mielzynski v Dürr – the Canadian takes it. Now to sort 5th and 6th; Nina H-L v Steph Brunner – Norway take this one. Now – the final place on the podium is at stake; Wendy Holdener takes it, to the delight of the crowd, Liensberger into 4th. Well, the final is Vlhova v Shiffrin – what a surprise! That was a cracker – Shiffrin having to recover from a mistake, but she’s taken another win! Shiffrin wins, ahead of Vlhova and Holdener. Quite an exciting format – still not sure if I like it!
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Biathlon - Pokljuka - Pursuit Races - 9 Dec

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 2:32 pm

Pokljuka – Men’s 12.5 Km Pursuit, 9 Dec: Not so sunny, but not bad conditions. JoBø will be the first away; Martin F is 1:12 behind. The top 3 are fairly close, then a little gap and then a really close packed field – could be some surprises, although you have to wonder if anyone can catch JoBø unless he really fouls up the shooting. Right JoBø away; Guigonnat and Loginov away almost together and then Tarjei Bø and the flood gates are open! At 1.2 Km JoBø has converted a 16 second lead to 25.8; it’s 28.1 at 1.9 Km!; Martin F at 1:13! JoBø is making it interesting – he’s missed 1 at S1; Guigonnat and Loginov both clear, as are Desthieux and Tarjei. Fourcade has also missed 1. At S1 then JoBø leads but only by 7.2 from Guigonnat and Loginov; Tarjei in 4th ahead of Eder and Desthieux. Doll has missed 2, and Fourcade is 22nd, +1:13.4. JoBø has pulled out another 10 seconds on the lap; Fourcade has lost another 4 seconds. In for S2 – Johannes has got his rhythm and is clear, but so are Loginov and Guigonnat; the Russian is 2nd, +19.9. Doll has missed another, but so has Fourcade who is now 28th, +1:51 – painful to watch! The Germans don’t seem to be hitting the targets well today, with the exception of Arnd Peiffer. One of the better movers is Seb Samuelsson who is 10/10 and has gone from 14 to 8; Garanichev up from 22 to 11. First standing shoot – that’s pretty quick from JoBø, all 5 down! Guigonnat and Loginov have both missed 1; Eder and Tarjei clear but Seb Samuelsson has missed 3. Out Johannes, Simon Eder (+44.3!), Loginov, Guigonnat, Tarjei, Quentin Fillon Maillet. Peiffer missed 2 here and Doll has racked up 5 misses so far! Julian Eberhard has missed 1, but is up from 15 to 8. Martin F clear here but 24th and +2:08.6. The chasing group of 6 are now 44 seconds back from Johannes, who is in for his final shoot – fast shooting but he’s showing off and he’s missed the last 2! Guigonnat has also missed 2 but Loginov is clear. Out in order – Alexander Loginov leads but he’s only got 1.2 seconds over JoBø; QFM close in 3rd (+2.7) then Eder, L’Abee-Lund and Tarjei. The leading 3 are dropping Eder; Martin F is (1,1,0,2) and 29th. At the final split time Johannes leads by 0.4, then Loginov and QFM; Eder is 11 seconds ahead of Eberhard. Rats, Loginov has tripped. A really impressive finish – QFM is right up with Johannes, The race timing has given JoBø (1,0,0,2) the win, by 0.1 over QFM (0,0,0,0) with Loginov 3rd. Simon Eder is 4th, ahead of Julian Eberhard and Tarjei Bø. Gainers include Eberhard (15 to 5), Lukas Hofer (19 – 8), Bjøntegaard (21 – 12), Jacquelin (36 – 16) and Windisch (35 – 20). Going backwards, the list includes Guigonnat (2 to 10), Pettersen (6 – 13), Desthieux (7 – 15), and Doll (5 to 18, with 6 misses). Now, it seems Martin Fourcade pulled out after S4 and so hasn’t finished the race – no points! Oh dear Germany – Lesser 5 misses, Kühn 6, Horn 2 but slow, Schempp 2 (but he did go from 40th to 26th), Peiffer 3, Doll 6 – a session with the coach, without coffee, looms! Guigonnat fastest on the range, ahead of Eberhard and Loginov; Doll fastest around the tracks, ahead of Johannes Bø and Lukas Hofer.

Pokljuka – Women’s 10 Km Pursuit, 9 Dec: Well, I hope this is as exciting as the women’s parallel slalom from St Moritz. Kaisa nicely clear today, just Doro Wierer within 40 or so seconds – at 1.4 Km it’s Kaisa, Doro (+21.6), Braisaz (+45.7) and Vittozzi (+51.9). Kaisa in for S1 – wind has died since the men’s event; she’s clear. Doro has also cleared, quickly which has closed the gap to 12.7. Braisaz has missed 1, Simon 2. So, Vittozzi out 3rd, ahead of Fialkova, Pidhrushna and Franziska Preuß. On the lap the gap to Doro has gone back to 25 seconds; Braisaz back up to 5th, Marte Olsbu Roeiseland into 6th from 23! Kaisa clear at S2 again – so is Doro. A few changes – Vittozzi out 3rd (+55.1), ahead of Fialkova, Weidel (GER, from 10th) and Hojnisz (from 11th). In for the first standing shoot – Kaisa clear again; Doro has done another very fast shoot, pulling back 14 seconds here! Vittozzi also clear, so is Fialkova; Hojnisz has missed 1, Hinz 3. So, after S3 Kaisa leads, ahead of Doro (+14,4), Vittozzi, Fialkova, Kryuko, and Pavlova. Preuß and Weidel have both missed 1 here, so has Egan. Final shoot – that was a bit quicker by Kaisa and she’s got the lot! Doro also 20/20 and out 17.1 behind. Vittozzi and Fialkova continue their battle – both 20/20 with the Italian out 2.3 seconds ahead, Marte Olsbu-R out 5th, ahead of Kryuko. Kaisa cruising to the finish, but still gaining time – the battle here is for the final podium place; Fialkova through Vittozzi at 9.4 Km, and Clare Egan up to 5th! A well-deserved win for Kaisa M; Doro takes 2nd and Fialkova gets the final podium place. Vittozzi in 4th, ahead of Roeiseland and Egan. Gainers include Roeiseland (23 – 5), Egan (15 – 6), Kryuko (17 to 7), Haecki (33 – 13), Yurlova-P (48 – 17), Hauser (50 – 20) and Hildebrand (38 – 23). Going the wrong way the list includes Braisaz (3-12), Simon (4-14), Pidhrushna (7-27), Kuzmina (18-36) and Nilsson (26-38). No surprise that Doro was fastest on the range, ahead of Haecki and Weidel; Egan fastest around the course, ahead of Kaisa and Marte O-R. Some very impressive shooting!

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Biathlon - Hochfilzen - Sprints 13/14 Dec

Post by Bleausardv2 on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 3:58 pm

Hochfilzen – Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint, 13 Dec: Lovely looking day – blue skies and good looking tracks! 102 starters today – I wonder if the tracks will get faster later on? Eva Puskarčíková is the first away; Kuzmina has gained 9 seconds on her by 1.4 Km; Innerhofer only +3.4 though. At S1 the wind is a bit tricky; Franziska Preuß has gone clear and leads away but Kuzmina has missed 2 and Franzi H has missed her first. Katharina Innerhofer also clear and faster than Preuß.  Pity – Paulina Fialkova has missed her 5th shot, and not by a little bit! Anais Chevalier is clear and just 0.5 behind Innerhofer; Marte Olsbu-Roeiseland now fastest at 1.4 Km, but she’s missed 2 at S1. Kuzmina clear at S2, but Preuß has missed 2; Kryuko leads after S2 at present, 10/10, with Kuzmina only 12.2 behind despite her 2 penalty loops. Back at S1 Kaisa M is clear and away; Innerhofer has missed her first and last at S2. Fialkova is clear at S2, and out in 2nd place.  Back at S1 Dunklee, Nilsson and Öberg are clear and in touch. Chevalier has missed 1 at S2, but she’s fast enough on the skis to lead here even so. Öberg is at S2 – she’s missed 2; Kaisa has missed 1, but she’s still 23.5 faster than Chevalier. Marte OR is (2,2) and out of it today; Dunklee has missed first and last at S2. Tandrevold is clear at S1, and out in 4th; Aymonier has just taken over that place. At the finish it’s currently Kryuko (0,0), Fialkova (1,0) and Chevalier (0,1) on the podium. Back at S2 Hojnisz is 10/10 and out 2nd, +9.7 (nicely ahead of Chevalier). Tiril Eckhoff clear at S1 and even faster than Kaisa there! Tandrevold has missed 2 at S2, and also had to hand feed 1 round. Ah, Doro Wierer is at S1 – very fast (bit lucky with 1) and all 5 down – she’s out 3.5 ahead of Eckhoff.  At S2 Aymonier has missed 2; Eckhoff in for her standing shoot – bit scrappy and she’s missed 2. Vittozzi right in the centre for the first 3 at S1, then missed the 4th; Doro at S2 and machine gun speed again – but she’s missed her final shot (bit unlucky). So, at S2, it’s Doro leading, then Kaisa (+11.4) and Hojnisz (+21.1). Back at S1 Sanfilippo and Yurlova_P are clear and also in touch; Yurlova has gone clear at S2 as well, and she’s faster than Hojnisz as she leaves the range. Doro losing a bit on the final lap – gap down to 6.4 at 6.1 Km, and it’s 3.0 at 6.4 Km; commentators reckon Kaisa faded a tiny bit at the very end though? Here comes Doro – Kaisa watching closely – what a final hundred metres, Doro gets the lead by 0.6! Meanwhile Yurlova is losing time to Hojnisz, but she too has really given it full gas on the final section – at present it’s Wierer, Kaisa M and Yurlova-P on the podium. Sanfilippo has missed 2 at S2, but Vittozzi is flying on the final lap – she’s into 4th, just 0.9 behind Yurlova. Looking back at S1 – Denise Herrmann has the speed to change things but not after 3 misses in the prone! Everyone is through S1 now – can’t see any upsets there. So, well done Doro Wierer – great win! Kaisa in 2nd, ahead of Yurlova-Percht, Vittozzi, Hojnisz and Kryuko (+38.5). Vanessa Hinz (0,0) best German in 11th, ahead of Franzi H (13th) and Karo Horchler (joint 14th); Eckhoff best Norwegian in 16th.  Doro fastest on the range, ahead of Kaisheva and Julia Simon. Kaisa fastest on the tracks ahead of Eckhoff and Wierer.

Hochfilzen – Men’s 10 Km Sprint, 14 Dec: Another very nice looking day – 110 on the start list today! Julian Eberhard is first away today; French (Guigonnat & QFM) seem to have fast skis today? Certainly Fillon Maillet and Guigonnat are faster than Eberhard in the early stages. Tarjei Bø faster than both the French at 1.9 Km, but Desthieux is also just ahead of QFM’s time. Eberhard has missed 1 at S1; QFM has missed his first shot, but has cleared the rest; Garanichev has missed 2. Johannes Thingnes Bø has started – Beni Weger fastest at 1.9 Km. Antonin Guigonnat is the first to get 5/5 at S1; Tarjei has missed 1 but Desthieux is clear. Weger has missed 1 as well; Scott Gow clear. That was quite fast shooting – Simon Eder clear at S1 and currently fastest there. Back at 1.9 Km JoBø is 9.8 faster than Weger; Eberhard is at S2 and clear this time, to the delight of the crowd! JoBø is at S1 and clear (bit lucky with the 5th) – he’s out 22.7 ahead of Eder; that’s a full penalty loop in hand! Meanwhile Guigonnat is the first to go 10/10; Tarjei is (1,2), QFM (1,1). Back at S1 Jakov Fak is clear and fractionally faster than Eder; Schempp also close to them but JoBø is just so much faster. Benedikt Doll is clear at S1 and out 2nd, Arnd Peiffer also clear and away 5th. At present the standings at S1 are JoBø, Doll (+19.3), Fak, Eder, Peiffer, Schempp (+24.0). Eder has missed 1 at S2; so far just Guigonnat and Dombrovski (LTU) clear after S2; JoBø has missed his final shot at S2 but he’s still away 10.6 ahead of Guigonnat. Back at S1 Emilien Jacquelin is clear and faster than Doll; Schempp has just missed his 10th shot and he’s 49.9 behind JoBø as he leaves the range. Fak has cleared all 10 and is away 3rd, +24.1; Martin Fourcade clear at S1 and out fractionally behind Jacquelin. Doll is 10/10 and out after S2 in 2nd, ahead of Guigonnat but 6.6 behind JoBø. Peiffer also 10/10 and out 4th, +20.1. JoBø is flying on the final lap – he’s gained about 20 seconds on Guigonnat. Doll has lost 5 seconds to Johannes by 7.7 Km. JoBø (0,1) is over the finish line to take the lead, although he’s lost 5 seconds or so to Guigonnat on the final section. Jacquelin was looking very relaxed at S2 but he’s missed the last two! Standings at S2 at present JoBø, Doll (+6.6), Guigonnat, Peiffer and Fak. Just as I write, Martin Fourcade has gone 10/10 and is out 0.8 behind JoBø! Benedikt Doll (0,0) is over the finish line – into 2nd, +10.2; Peiffer into 4th behind Guigonnat. Martin F has lost a little on the first section of the final lap – 0.8 has become 4.6, then 8.5. Seb Samuelsson has missed 1 at S2; Martin F still losing time, +11.3 at 8.9 Km. Martin Fourcade has crossed the line, into 2nd, +8.6. At present it’s Johannes Bø (0,1) leading, then Martin F (0,0), Doll (0,0), Guigonnat (0,0), Peiffer (0,0) and Eberhard (1,0). Looking back at S1 Lesser and Christiansen are both clear and about 20 seconds back on the leading time. Not sure what happened to Schempp’s ski speed – with 1 miss he’s slower than Kühn who missed 2. Back at S2 Lesser has missed 1; Christiansen clear but shooting slowly – he’s out joint 8th with Eberhard. I think that might be the end of any challenge for the top 6? Christiansen has just crossed the finish line – he’s 10th! So, well done Johannes and nice to see Martin F a bit more normal! Lapshin fastest on the range, ahead of Guigonnat, Lesser and Doll; no surprise that JoBø was quickest on the tracks, ahead of Fourcade and Desthieux.


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Val Gardena (Gröden) - 14/15 Dec

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Val Gardena (Gröden) – Men’s Super G, 14 Dec: Again, conditions look good here; Adrien Theaux first away and safely down. Mauro Caviezel is the Super G red bib holder and he’s going well here too – he takes the lead, despite some errors on the upper section. Beat Feuz is 5th away – he’s into 2nd, behind Caviezel with Theaux in 3rd. Christof Innerhofer is well green at inter 2, and just over a second ahead at inter 3 – he leads by exactly a second! Hannes Reichelt has gone 2nd, +0.87; Dominik Paris has missed a gate – DNF. Good run by Kjetil Jansrud but not quite good enough – 2nd, +0.22; Josef Ferstl into 3rd and that’s 10 away. Kilde into 3rd; Norwegians going well, let’s see how Aksel Lund Svindal can do. He still has tape on one hand – fractionally green at inter 1, dead level at inter 2, fractionally red at inter 3 – he’s done it – Svindal leads by just 0.05! So, Svindal leads from Innerhofer, Jansrud and Kilde. Mayer tucked in behind Ferstl, and Sejersted behind him – 5th – 7th. And that was almost it – except for a late charge by Johan Clarey (FRA) from bib 50 into 4th place – very impressive! Svindal wins, ahead of Innerhofer with Jansrud getting the final podium place; then Clarey, Kilde and Ferstl.

Val Gardena (Gröden) – Men’s Downhill, 15 Dec: Since the FIS site can’t seem to sort out it’s CET timings, this started an hour before I expected it, overlapping with the biathlon! Adrien Theaux was first away, overtaken by Mauro Caviezel (bib 3), and then Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. Max Franz into 2nd, and Steve Nyman has just gone 3rd. Jansrud only 9th at present and Mayer is a DNF. We have video coverage, and it looks another very pleasant day; Kilde leads from Franz and Nyman. Great lower section from Bryce Bennett has got him into 3rd place at present, but we still have Feuz and Svindal, among others, to come. An interesting mix of snow conditions, according to the commentary team! Here comes Feuz, but he looks to be off the pace – a full second behind at inter 5 but he’s picked up speed lower down – he goes 3rd, +0.92. Nasty crash for Marc Gisin on the camel bumps – race interrupted. Looked like he caught an edge, but that was a heavy looking impact after the bump. The helicopter is on site very quickly, the medical teams even faster, but no news at present. Eurosport going overboard with the adverts! This is a long hold – not going to help Svindal who is due to go next! They’ve just shown Kilde’s run again – very impressive, no wonder he leads by 0.86! Right, helicopter is away, race referees checking the course – the blue lines are being re-done. Svindal is getting his race skis back on, and his team are taping his left pole onto his glove. No fore-runners, Svindal at the start – quite a long hold. Aksel Lund Svindal is away – red at inter 1 and 2; he’s in touch but still red, then an error – rats, he’s only 6th. So, at present – Kilde, Franz, Feuz, Bennett, Nyman, Svindal. Josef Ferstl into 10th; now we are into names I don’t immediately recognise. Johannes Kröll has skied out – looks as though he might have hurt his back on a landing? Ben Thomsen (CAN) is bib 30 – he’s just managed to ski into a very creditable joint 9th place, with Reichelt! This isn’t over – Travis Ganong into 6th (good effort, but it’s a pity he’s knocked Svindal down a place!) – that’s 3 Americans in the top 6! And, that was it – no late changes to the top 10 – congratulations to Kilde.
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Biathlon - Hochfilzen - Pursuits

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 2:45 pm

Hochfilzen – Women’s 10 Km Pursuit, 15 Dec: Well – Doro Wierer’s good ski speed and phenomenal shooting speed versus Kaisa’s deliberate shooting and blazing ski speed; and, of course, this is a pursuit so watch for people gaining places. Not such a good day today, much more cloud, but very little wind as they zero. Race on and Doro is staying with Kaisa; Kuzmina up from 10th to 6th. Leading 2 are in for S1 – Doro has missed her first and one more, Kaisa has missed 1. Yurlova-P has cleared, so has Kuzmina, among others. Out in order Yurlova, Kaisa (+1.7), Kuzmina (+12.0), Fialkova, Chevalier, Hojnisz (+16.4). Julia Simon up from 23 to 10! Some discussion about whether Kaisa’s skis are as well prepared as Doro’s? On the lap Kaisa has the lead back, Kuzmina up to 2nd having made up over 8 seconds, Doro in 5th. In for S2 – second prone – Yurlova has missed her first; Kuzmina her last shot. Vittozzi and Hinz have both missed their 10th as well; Doro clear this time. Kaisa leads out, ahead of Paulina Fialkova (0,0; +3.5), Doro W, Hojnisz, Kuzmina (+22.6) and Simon (from 23rd). On the lap Fialkova is hanging on to Kaisa; Doro and Kuzmina closing a little. In for the first standing shoot – Fialkova in lane 1 – leading 3 have all missed the first shot; Kuzmina has missed her last shot – Hojnisz the first to go clear here. Hinz and Preuß have both missed 2 here. So, after S3, the order is Fialkova, Hojnisz, Kaisa, Doro, Anais Chevalier, Kuzmina. Julia Simon missed one this time, but she’s still in 8th. Linn Persson has gone from 30 to 11 with 15/15 while Denise Herrmann (0,0,1) is up from 60 to 25! In for the final shoot – Fialkova has missed her first; Kaisa and Doro have also missed 1 each. Chevalier has missed 2, Simon 1, Persson has missed her last shot! Hojnisz has cleared the lot, and leads out, ahead of Fialkova (0,0,1,1; +11.6), Kaisa, Doro, Kuzmina (0,1,1,1; +17.6) and Starykh. On the lap Hojnisz has tightened up as Kaisa and Doro hunt her down; Kuzmina has made up 10 seconds! Looks like Kaisa has kept something in reserve; Doro and Fialkova fighting for second, Hojnisz off the podium but hanging on. Great finish – Kaisa (1,0,1,1) has taken the win by just 1.5 seconds from Fialkova (0,0,1,1), who pipped Doro W (2,0,1,1) for 2nd. Hojnisz (0,0,0,0) in 4th ahead of Kuzmina and Vittozzi. Franzi Hildebrand the best German in 9th, from 13th. Among the gainers, Fialkova (7 to 2), Kuzmina (10 – 5), Sanfilippo (19-7), Simon (23-10), Persson (30-11), Öberg (35-15), and Herrmann (60-26). Losing ground, the list includes Kryuko (6-12), Yurlova-P (3-20, 4 misses), Hinz (11-21), Brorsson (12-22), Horchler (15-36) and Frolina (14-47; 7 misses). Doro not the fastest on the range by any means – Julia Simon was quickest there, ahead of Haecki and Crawford. Kuzmina fastest around the track, ahead of Tandrevold, Wierer, Eckhoff, Aymonier and Kaisa.

Hochfilzen – Men’s 12.5 Km Pursuit, 15 Dec: Leading 3, JoBø, Martin Fourcade and Doll, separated by just 10 seconds! Race on – JoBø looking very relaxed and fast too, he’s gained 3.4 seconds by 1.6 km. Johannes in for S1 – he’s clear, so is Doll, who is faster than Martin F in clearing the 5. Out JoBø, Doll (+12.3), Fourcade, Desthieux, Loginov, Hofer (+52.9). A few have missed a target – Guigonnat, Eberhard, Peiffer and Weger among them. Johannes is flying on the lap – he’s 20.7 clear of Doll at 4.1 Km, Eberhard up to 5th. Second prone shoot – JoBø has missed 3; Doll has 1 miss but Martin F is clear. So, out from S2 – Fourcade, Doll (+18.9), Loginov, Guigonnat, Christiansen and Peiffer (+30.1) – Bø in 7th, +35.3. Martin F is pulling away from Benedikt Doll; JoBø in a bit of traffic – Klemen Bauer up to 13 from 21. Fourcade in for S3 – fairly quick and he’s clear. Doll and Guigonnat have missed one each, so has Loginov, JoBø another 1. Out in order Fourcade, Christiansen (from 10th; +33.1), Peiffer, Weger (from 11th), Doll and Guigonnat (+54.1). Peiffer and Christiansen fighting for 2nd and 3rd; then a gap to a chasing group of 6, including JoBø. Final shoot of the race – Martin F has cleared the lot, and the fist pump is back! So, who else will be on the podium – Christiansen and Peiffer both clear here with the Norwegian out just in front. I think Guigonnat might have forgotten to do his penalty loop?? JoBø is not shooting well (0,3,1,2), and Doll isn’t much better (0,1,1,3). So after S4 it’s Fourcade (0,0,0,0), Christiansen (0,0,0,0; +36.1), Peiffer (1,0,0,0), Weger, Hofer and Loginov. Martin F takes the win; Peiffer has managed to hold off Christiansen to take 2nd. Julian Eberhard has taken 4th, ahead of Hofer and Weger; JoBø in 9th Those gaining places include Christiansen (10-3), Hofer (12-5), Weger (11-6), Schempp (25-8), Tarjei Bø (28-12), Finello (29-15) and QFM (39-20). Going backwards – JoBø (1-9), Guigonnat (4-16), Doll (3-17) and Samuelsson (13-35). Lapshin fastest on the range ahead of Eliseev and Scott Gow. JoBø fastest around the tracks ahead of Eberhard, Eder, Hofer and Weger.

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Alta Badia - 16/17 Dec

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 16 Dec 2018, 3:19 pm

Alta Badia – Men’s Giant Slalom, 16 Dec, Run 1:  Update - Marc Gisin has broken ribs, and a cracked pelvis and is on his way to Switzerland to recover – serious but not as bad as many feared. Conditions here in Alta Badia are pretty much perfect, which is just as well as this is a tough one – steep and long! Course set by a Slovenian coach, I think. Apparently Stefan Luitz has been DQ’d from the race he won earlier, in Beaver Creek, for using oxygen, which may not be illegal – the FIS say it was “on the field of play” which they think makes a difference! I can see the CAS case already; Luitz and the DSV have 2 weeks I think to make their protest to the FIS. Anyway – Luitz is first away today, presumably without oxygen this time – all the press attention isn’t going to be helping! Henrik Kristoffersen is next and he is faster – he leads by 0.42, having lost a little time on the final section. Zan Kranjec goes into 2nd; Alexis Pinturault goes 3rd. Matts Olsson has made a couple errors, and is red at inter 2 and 3, but he’s produced a very fast final section, and he’s 0.39 faster than Henrik Kristoffersen. Manuel Feller very risky and fast on the top section – lost a little lower down and he’s into 2nd, +0.09. Next away Marcel Hirscher – he’s won 5 times before here, and he’s 1.06 faster at inter 3 – he leads by 0.94 (that’s 1.33 faster than Kristoffersen!). That’s 10 away – Hirscher leads from Olsson, Feller, Kristoffersen, Kranjec and Pinturault. Sad to see Ted Ligety out. Interesting to see Kilde on the more technical skis – into 14th! Gino Caviezel into 10th; apparently there are 81 starters today! Just when you think the top 6 is settled for run 1 – great run by Marco Odermatt (SUI, bib 27) into 3rd place, +1.00! Charlie Raposo (GBR) is down but a massive loss of time on the final section means he won’t get a second run. Incidentally – does anyone know what has happened to Dave Ryding this season? Anyway, that’s run 1 complete – no late changes to the top 10.
Run 2: Impressive flypast by the Italian “Red Arrows”  equivalent! The new course set by a German coach, apparently quite tricky; conditions still look good. First 10 away – Luca de Aliprandini leads, from Mathieu Faivre and Ryan Cochran- Siegle; Kilde has just gone into 4th, which is impressive from a speed specialist! Marco Schwarz, who had bib 71 but got a second run, is losing time on the course and he’s fallen – pity. Nestvold-Haugen into 2nd; Thomas Tumler has taken that place away – looks very easy to lose time on this course, especially on the lower section! Thomas Fanara better on the top section and holding on lower down – he takes the lead. Loic Meillard into 3rd; I think oxygengate is preying on Luitz’s mind – he can only manage 12th. Tommy Ford seems pretty focussed though – into 2nd.  Victor M-J into 5th; Alexis Pinturault much more steadily in the green until the final section – not sure where he lost time, but he goes 2nd. It’s Fanara, Pinturault and Ford. Zan Kranjec into 6th; Kristoffersen losing time too – red by inter 2 and he’s being bounced around – he’s only 11th, which must be his worst result for a while?? Feller is next and he too is red at inter 2; somehow he’s just green again at 3 and into 3rd! Some amazing recoveries there; I do wish I could lip-read in French! Marco Odermatt has made a couple impressive recoveries but can’t get the last one - he is a DNF. Two to go – Matts Olsson is away, and he’s lost almost all of his 0.96 advantage by inter 2 – he’s stabilised it but then  lost time on the final section – he’s 5th!  Marcel Hirscher has 1.90 in hand as he comes to the start gate – he’s actually gained time to inter 2. It’s 2.66 at inter 3 and he wins by a truly massive 2.53 – that must be really depressing for the rest of the field! That’s Marcel Hirscher’s 6th successive win here, Fanara in 2nd and Pinturault gets the final podium place. Feller in 4th, ahead of Ford and Olsson. Amazing to see Kristoffersen in 14th.

Alta Badia – Men’s Parallel Slalom, 17 Dec: Annoyingly the FIS live data feed is only showing the start list for run 1 of the 1/16 final, and isn’t telling us who has won which head to head – Eurosport commentary to the rescue – Pinturault has beaten Cochrane-Siegel; ah, re-loading the FIS stream has got it working: Hirscher beat Leitinger; Tonetti beat Jansrud, Victor MJ beat Tumler, Luitz beat Schwarz, Kilde beat Feller; Leif Haugen beat Odermatt; Tommy Ford beat Max Franz (DQ); Olsson beat Trikichev; and the FIS stream has crashed again! Faivre beats Zurbriggen; de Aliprandini beats Kriechmayr; Kristoffersen beats Schörghofer – looks like Mayer beat Mölgg (?); Caviezel beat Fanara?; Kranjec beat Brennsteiner; Meillard beat Favrot. Right – run 2 – Hirscher wins again to qualify; Jansrud has pulled it back to qualify too. Tumler has knocked out Victor M-J, overturning run 1; Luitz through, so are Kilde, Leif K N-H (by just 0.03), Franz (overturning run 1??), Olsson, Pinturault, Mölgg, Caviezel, Brennsteiner, Favrot, Faivre, de Aliprandini and Kristoffersen (by only 0.02!).
1/8 Finals – just 1 run this time, faster qualifier chooses the course – red or blue. First race is Hirscher v Jansrud – Marcel Hirscher gets it, but he had to work for it! Luitz has beaten Tumler; next is an all Norwegian affair – Kilde v Leif K N-H; Kilde gets it!  Slight delay as the referee isn’t happy – for some reason Ford is there rather than Franz, who I thought won the previous round, and checking back it now shows Ford as the winner against Franz?? Anyway, Olsson has beaten Ford. Pinturault beats Mölgg; Caviezel has beaten Brennsteiner. Quite a surprise – Thibaut Favrot has beaten Faivre. Kristoffersen has beaten de Aliprandini, again by just 0.02!  Looks as though the red course might be just a tiny bit faster?
Quarter finals: We start with Luitz v Hirscher; Hirscher stumbled at the start but takes it by 0.08. Now – Kilde v Olsson; Olsson has taken this one. Caviezel has missed a gate, so Pinturault is through (and he was ahead anyway!). Ah, the giant killer strikes again – Favrot has beaten Kristoffersen!
Semi Finals: An odd mix as they sort out the placings too. First is Luitz v Kilde – Luitz wins by 0.06. Next is a big one – Olsson v Hirscher! Pity – Olsson is a DNF after missing a gate after the jump – Hirscher through again, despite another ragged start! Caviezel v Kristoffersen – Henrik isn’t having a good weekend – Gino Caviezel wins. Now, another all French event – Favrot v Pinturault; he’s still going – Thibaut Favrot wins yet again, and that’s a track record too!
Finals – small finals first: We start with Kristoffersen v Kilde for 7th and 8th  - Kilde has won it! Henrik K just seems to be a bit off at present – is his timing a bit off? Now, Caviezel v Luitz – the German has taken that one quite comfortably. Last small final – for 3rd/4th – Olsson v Pinturault – the Frenchman has got the final podium place, Olsson in 4th. So, at last – Favrot (26th seed, no less) v Hirscher. Good start from both – Hirscher has finally won in this format! Marcel Hirscher is now, I think, the joint most successful Austrian ski racer? So Hirscher wins, Favrot in 2nd and Pinturault 3rd.  FIS report here
and as for the Franz/Ford confusion - from “Skimag” “The night was not without drama for the Americans. Ford faced off in the round of 16 with a sizable time advantage over his parallel competitor, Max Franz of Austria. In theory, Ford should have almost been to the first gate by the time Franz’s start gate opened, but due to a mechanical error, both racers started at the same time, and Franz edged out Ford at the bottom.  The US Ski Team appealed to the race jury, who awarded the win to Ford due to the error."


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Biathlon - Hochfilzen - Relays

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 16 Dec 2018, 3:20 pm

Hochfilzen – Women’s 4 x 6 Km relay, 16 Dec: Looking a bit more wintery today – flatter light and fresh snow? Vanessa Hinz leading on the early part of the lap, ahead of Vittozzi, Chevalier and Pavlova. Vittozzi has taken over the lead as they had for S1 – Hinz has missed 1, Chevalier 2 – a few spares being used - but Vittozzi is clear and leads away, ahead of Persson, Pavlova, Merkushyna (UKR), Hinz and Zbylut (POL). No penalty loops so far; Hinz back up to 3rd on the lap. In for S2 – wind very light – Hinz and Merkushyna clear and away in that order, Vittozzi needed 1 spare but still out 3rd ahead of Gasparin, Chevalier and Fialkova. No penalty loops yet but a couple teams used all 3 spares. Knotten (NOR) in 13th, +28.1; Reid (USA) in 18th. First exchange – Vittozzi past Hinz on the lap – Italy lead from Germany (+0.4), Slovakia (+3.0), Sweden, Ukraine and France. On the lap Kuzmina (SVK!) has taken over the lead, ahead of Brorsson, Preuß, Runggaldier, Semerenko and Simon. In for S3 – Kuzmina clear (lucky with 1 split round!)and away; Preuß out 2nd, ahead of Runggaldier, Brorsson, Schwaiger (AUT) and Simon. Vita Semerenko has used all 3 spares, Eckhoff used 2, Dunklee 1. Kuzmina is pulling away on the lap; she’s already in for S4 – she’s missed the last one – 2 spares and away. Preuß is doing 2 penalty loops, so are Canada (Bankes)! After S4 it’s Kuzmina, Simon (+9.6), Schwaiger, Yurlova-P, Haecki (SUI) and Kryuko (BLR). Next exchange – Kuzmina pulling away, Eckhoff making up ground – Slovakia lead away, ahead of France, Switzerland, Russia, Austria and Norway. Germany in 14th, +1:32.5 after Preuß’s meltdown. Vasnetcova (RUS), Aymonier and Gasparin are closing down Poliakova (SVK) on the lap; Innerhofer gaining places for Austria. S5 already – more spares here – Sola (BLR) clear and away, ahead of E Gasparin, Poliakova, Tandrevold, Vasnetcova and Aymonier. Doro Wierer has got Italy back up to 7th from 11th at the last exchange. Innerhofer is doing a penalty loop. Tandrevold is gaining places and time as is Doro – as we head for S6 Gasparin leads from Sola, Tandrevold and Doro W. Tandrevold and Aymonier struggling a bit – Tandrevold doing 2 penalty loops, Poliakova 1 loop. Doro W leads out, fractionally ahead of Gasparin with Sola holding on to 3rd (+11.4); Vasnetcova in 4th ahead of Nilsson and Aymonier; Tandrevold 8th, Karo Horchler up to 11th. Final exchange coming up – Italy have an 18.1 second lead thanks to Doro, Switzerland in 2nd, ahead of Sweden, France, Russia and Belarus; Norway 7th, Germany 11th. Sanfilippo starting well, but she’s got Öberg and Bescond in the chasing pack; Denise Herrmann has the final leg for Germany – fast but can be erratic on the range! Final prone shoot – Sanfilippo clear and away, Öberg clear and 2nd (+20.5), ahead of Bescond, Starykh, Kruchinkina (BLR) and Meinen (SUI). Herrmann used 1 spare and hasn’t gained time, still 9th. Öberg is gaining time on the lap, so is Bescond. In for the final shoot – Sanfilippo steady and clear; Öberg has missed her last shot, Bescond clear, Starykh clear too. So, race on – Sanfilippo leads, ahead of Anais Bescond (+12.4), Öberg (+13.4), and Starykh (+35.8). Herrmann used 2 spares and is 8th, but +2:06.1. France and Sweden are closing, but not by much at 5.1 Km; at 5.4 Km it’s going the other way – Sanfilippo pulling away – great fight for 2nd/3rd – Italy get a very well deserved win; Öberg has gone round the outside of Bescond to take 2nd, France 3rd. Russia in 4th, ahead of Belarus, Norway. Germany up to 7th in the end – a disappointing day, especially for Franzi P!

Hochfilzen – Men’s 4 x 7.5 Km relay, 16 Dec: I thought we might not get this live, but Eurosport have it, and with commentary! Guigonnat led early on – Birkeland takes over , and then Eliseev. Quiet spread out as they come in for S1, using the lane that corresponds to their bib number for this first shoot. Schempp needing 2 spares, and he’s out 24th! Bormolini leads out, ahead of Femling (SWE) and Birkeland; then Weger, Sinapov (BUL) and Toby Eberhard (AUT). Weger leading on the lap, I see Martin Fourcade is not racing today – he’s on the edge of the track with the coaches! Weger is in for S2 – he’s got quite a gap – well done Weger, all 5 down and away! Behind him there are spares being used all over the place – amazingly the French are on the penalty loop! Weger leads out, then Birkeland (+6.1), Bormolini (+7.9), Femling, Buta (ROM) and Sinapov. Schempp clear and up to 9th, Guigonnat in 23rd. Weger is flying, and Bormolini is opening a gap on the immediate chasing group – at exchange 1 the Swiss have a 25.9 second lead; then Italy, Norway, Sweden, Belarus and USA (+35.3)! Lukas Hofer (+16.0) and L’Abee-Lund (+22.6) are closing down Finello, but the main chasing group are all very close. In for S3 – all 4 leaders using spares. Lukas Hofer leads out, ahead of Finello (+3.5), L’Abee-Lund (+16.5), Bocharnikov (BLR), Stvrtecky (CZE) and Kühn (+18.4). Hofer in for S4, he’s missed his first 2 shots – good discipline though and he’s away with 2 spares used; Kühn is on the penalty loop! Hofer leads out, ahead of Eder with Sean Doherty up to 3rd. Ponsiluoma (SWE) in 4th, ahead of Fak and Finello. Germany now 14th, just over a minute back – they really aren’t having a good day! Into the second exchange – Italy lead, ahead of Sweden (+8.1), Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium! Germany in 14th, France in 15th. Tarjei Bø is gaining places – Norway up to 5th now. OK – Windisch in for S5; all 5 down. Austria and Norway clear, Russia too, Peiffer clear too. Windisch leads out, ahead of Klemen Bauer (+14.6), Landertinger, Stenersen (SWE) Tarjei Bø, Dolder (SUI, +26.7). Bø gaining places on the lap, he’s up to 2nd, just 7.4 seconds back. Very hard lap from the chasing 4, as they come in for S6 – Sweden clear and away, Bø having snags, so is Landertinger! Stenersen is away, ahead of Windisch (+2.6), Bauer, Bø (+19.7), Landertinger and Malyshko; Peiffer clear and up to 9th, +50.0. Heading for the last exchange – Windisch back past Stenersen, but the Swedes have Samuelsson on the last leg, while Chenal (ITA) is far lower in the standings. So, Italy lead, then Sweden (+0.7), Slovenia, Norway, Austria and Russia (+33.2). Germany up to 7th (+38.4); France in 12th (+1:08.0). At 1.1 Kms on leg 4 Samuelsson leads ahead of Chenal, Christiansen, Drinovec (SLO), Leitner and Loginov; Doll losing a bit of time. The last prone shoot – Samuelsson is clear and away, Chenal 2nd after 1 spare (+16.8), then Christiansen, Doll (+37.4), Leitner and Loginov. Desthieux is on the penalty loop. On the lap Christiansen is up to 2nd, Chenal 3rd but now just 10 seconds clear of Doll. Final shoot – Christiansen has a better standing record but … . Samuelsson has missed 1, and 1 more but he’s away; Christiansen clear and just 4.7 behind, Doll needing 1 spare but out 3rd (+24.6), then Leitner, Loginov and Chenal. Not sure anyone will catch Samuelsson? No, at present Seb is pulling away. Sweden (0+5) get the win, ahead of Norway (0+7) with Germany (1+6) getting a podium despite Kühn’s problems. Austria in 4th, ahead of Russia and Italy; France (2+12) in 9th.

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Val Gardena (Gröden) - 18/19 Dec

Post by Bleausardv2 on Tue 18 Dec 2018, 1:38 pm

Val Gardena (Gröden) – Women’s Downhill, 18 Dec: Conditions don’t look too bad; the start is lower today than it was for the men the other day. No Shiffrin today; no Vonn either. Nadia Fanchini the first away but bib 2, Tamara Tippler, is 0.48 faster; Corinne Suter into 2nd. Kira Weidle (GER) is nicely in the green at the intermediates – she goes into the lead, 0.27 faster. Anna Veith is drifting into the red – a couple big errors and she’s 5th. Ramona Siebenhofer was good in training, and she’s well into the green on her race run too – this is  good skiing, and she’s into the lead by a rather impressive 0.67! Ester Ledecka was fastest in final training, but it’s not quite there on the race run – into 6th. Impressive to see Michelle Gisin racing, given the nasty crash her brother had the other day – she’s into 5th. Lara Gut-Behrami into joint 2nd with Weidle;  that’s 10 down – Siebenhofer leads from Gut-B/Weidle, Tippler, Suter and Gisin. Mowinckel into 6th; Ilka Stuhec is back – green all the way and she leads by 0.51 – she is very happy;  what a way to come back from injury! Good run from Nicol Delago (ITA) – she goes into 2nd, +0.14. Nicole Schmidhofer has lost a bit on the final section – into 6th. Tina Weirather can only manage 7th; Stephanie Venier has done better – she’s into 4th. Not for long though, as Jasmine Flury, next away,  is into 4th now! That’s 20 away – Stuhec leads from Delago, Siebenhofer, Flury, Venier and Lara G-B/Weidle. Not over yet – straight after the TV break Mirjam Puchner (AUT) is into 5th. Crash for Nina Ortleib, but she’s up and skiing on, after beating the slope with a pole, so I think she’s OK! More change – Michaela Wenig (GER) into 5th; and then it went quiet! So, welcome back Ilka Stuhec – great win! Delago in 2nd and Siebenhofer takes the final podium place.

Val Gardena (Gröden) – Women’s Super G, 19 Dec (vice Val d’Isere): Course set by a Swiss coach; this might be a slightly tougher course than yesterday’s downhill? Not a brilliant day, looks like rather flat light? Viki Rebensburg is the first away, and once again it’s a flat start – not popular with the skiers, but the organisers seem to be being cautious after Marc Gisin’s crash. Tamara Tippler into 2nd; Elena Curtoni goes 3rd. Ester Ledecka next and green at inter 1 and 2, but then into the red – she’s 2nd, +0.33. Nicole Schmidhofer is also green at inter 1 and 2 – she’s kept in the green and she’s fast through the final speed gun – she leads by 0.38. Michelle Gisin into 6th; good run from Tina Weirather, who made up a little time on the final section and is now in joint first with Nicole Schmidhofer! Ten away – Wierather/Schmidhofer lead, ahead of Rebensburg, Ledecka, Tippler and Haehlen. Next to go is Ilka Stuhec – into the green at inter 1, and she’s kept that light colour to inter 4, despite an error, and slow through the last gun but she’s done enough to take the lead by just 5 hundredths! Ragnhild Mowinckel into 4th; Jasmine Flury red most of the way, but just green at inter 4 and fast through the gun – she’s just 6 hundredths slower at the line but that’s only good enough for 4th! Ooops – Lara Gut-B only 17th! So, at present, Ilka Stuhec on for the double, ahead of Weirather/Schmidhofer; Flury in 4th ahead of Mowinckel and Rebensburg. Flury (bib 16) the last to get into the top 10; Gagnon (bib 27) into 12th and Priska Nufer (bib 28) into 14th. Just as I write that – Francesca Marsaglia (bib 29) has skied into 6th – great effort! Christina Ager (AUT, bib 34) into 10th, knocking Ledecka out of the top 10; and that’s it! Well done to Ilka Stuhec – winning the double on her return to World Cup racing! Weirather and Schmidhofer share 2nd place ahead of Flury, Mowinckel and Marsaglia.

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Saalbach-Hinterglem, Courcheval and Madonna di Campiglio

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Saalbach-Hinterglemm – Men’s GS, 19 Dec: I must be losing it – I’m sure I saw on the schedule that this was tomorrow, but that now shows as a slalom! Whatever – the Giant Slalom race is on, today (it’s a rescheduled race – the Sölden GS that was cancelled) – conditions don’t look too bad. Often the pistes don’t look that steep on TV, but the opening shots today look as though this is tough, and it’s long too! Matts Olsson is first away and safely down. Loic Meillard is next and he’s nicely green at inter 1 and 2; lost a bit to 3 and then more on the final section – back to 2nd. Massive error from Alexis Pinturault on one of the blind gates and he’s +1.91 at the finish – will he get a second run? Manuel Feller next – he’s into 2nd, just 0.03 back. Now Henrik Kristoffersen, who hasn’t seemed to be quite on form so far – not on the pace today either – 4th, +0.89, which isn’t like him at all. Zan Kranjec into 4th; now it’s Marcel Hirscher – already green at inter 1, but he’s 0.23 red at inter 2 and not as explosive as normal, and it shows; he’s making errors – only 5th and 0.71 behind – I wonder if he’s tired, it’s a busy schedule? Perhaps that’s what got to Kristoffersen too? Haugen into 8th, +2.40! Quite a few people looking tired, from the schedule and travelling – it’s much more intense as we have the World Championships coming and the nations want to get the races in so that they can make their team selection – with races being cancelled earlier due to the weather, everything is rather compressed before Christmas! Ted Ligety into 10th, +2.70. So, 10 away and Olsson leads from Feller and Meillard; then Kranjec, Hirscher and Kristoffersen.  Luitz into 7th; Faivre into 8th and Mölgg even further off the pace in 11th! Kilde is a DNF as light conditions worsen; de Aliprandini into 12th – the course isn’t holding up that well either! Hmm – a couple very basic errors from Roland Leitinger – coach interview without coffee beckons, I think – DNF. There are some big time gaps from the later starters – Pinturault’s time is looking much more competitive and he’s still 10th! That’s 30 away – no recent changes to the top 10. Charlie Raposo on track for a second run, but he’s fallen and is a DNF. That looks like it for run 1 – Matts Olsson first down the hill, and still the fastest, although Feller is only 0.03 behind; Hirscher in 5th, +0.71! Faivre (bib 12) was the last skier to get into the top 10!! Run 1 over.
Run 2: Light very flat for this run – not ideal conditions, and it’s a long course too! This course looks to be more twisty than run 1, and physically demanding – set by an American coach. Rumour has it that Hirscher will be using a different set of skis and a new setup for this run. Right – first 10 away; 2 DNFs and Gino Caviezel has just taken the lead. Sounds as though the storm is heading in – cloud gathering, which won’t help the visibility; Erik Read has joined the DNFs, so has Alexander Schmid. Ted Ligety into 2nd; Victor M-J has just taken over that place. Huge line error from Tumler, which has ruined his chances. Leif N-Haugen has lost a full second between inter 2 and 3, leaving him barely in the green, and then gained time on the final section to take over the lead! Mölgg into 2nd; Luca de Aliprandini gained a huge amount between inter 2 and 3 and he takes the lead! Thomas Fanara going well on the top section, and he’s gaining time lower down too – he’s taken over the lead by 0.76! Oldest man in the race too! Alexis Pinturault hovering between red and green – he’s into 2nd. Mathieu Faivre has taken over the lead, but before the French can really celebrate a full podium, Stefan Luitz is into 2nd. Now it’s Henrik Kristoffersen – he’s got green at inter 2 but then it’s back to the red and he’s 5th, +0.38. Now can Hirscher make up places – he’s had a big error high up, losing time to inter 1, but he’s made it back up again to 2; fractionally red at 3 and he’s just 4th, +0.27 after a very aggressive and risky run! Lots of mistakes there, and he won’t be happy with today. Zan Kranjec is keeping it in various shades of green – much smoother skiing and he’s into the lead. Loic Meillard is gaining time to inter 2 – very direct line – he’s into 2nd.  Manuel Feller has lost a lot of time between 2 and 3 – he’s lost a ski, and he’s out. Just Matts Olsson to go – he’s vanished from the FIS live feed, presumably because he’s skied out! Very well done to Zan Kranjec (SLO) – his first World Cup win, I think! Meillard in 2nd, ahead of Faivre, Luitz, Fanara and Hirscher (his worst result in quite a few years!). That’s it for today – more tomorrow and biathlon too.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm – Men’s Slalom (vice Val d’Isere), 20 Dec: It’s snowing – not such a nice day! First run set by a British coach, and it’s a long race for a slalom!! First away is Daniel Yule (SUI), and he’s down. Next away is Felix Neureuther, back from a variety of injuries – he’s over a second ahead at inter 3 and into the lead, by 0.48. Very popular, even with the Austrian fans! Now, how is Henrik Kristoffersen today – marginally red at inter 2, more red at 3  but he’s better on the final section (where I suspect Felix was fading a bit, having only managed 2 days slalom training in the last 5 weeks) – he leads by 0.19. Michael Matt has done something similar – red at the top and gaining time on the final section – he leads by 0.07. Andre Myhrer into 4th; here comes Marcel Hirscher – green at inter 1, 2 and 3 and he leads by 0.52. Ah, Dave Ryding is next – not his best and he’s 8th, +1.95. That’s 10 away – Hirscher leads from Matt, Kristoffersen, Neureuther, Zenhaeusern and Myhrer. The course is already starting to get rutted. Pinturault into 9th; quick course repair, Victor M-J can only manage 11th. Mölgg into 10th; good turns from Clement Noel and he’s into 7th. That’s 30 away now; no recent changes to the top 6 – last change to the top 10, Clement Noel to 7th; to the top 20, Christian Hirschbühl (bib 22) into 18th. Alex Vinatzer (ITA) – bib 35 to 20th. Strange – Ted Ligety is bib 80 – he’s a DNF and that’s run 1 over.
Run 2: Interesting, and hopefully not too worrying, the start has been postponed by 15 minutes. Actually looks like better weather now, although it’s a bit mild, not sure why there was a slight delay? Apparently the aim was to try to harden up the course, to try and keep the track in better shape than it was in run 1! Course this time set by a French coach. Must be tricky – 2 DNFs from the first 3 starters! Ten away – Stefan Hadalin leads from Lizeroux and Ketterer. Alex Vinatzer into 3rd; Jean-Baptiste Grange has joined the DNFs. Manuel Feller has had a better second run – he leads by 0.34. Half-way – Feller leads from Hadalin (fastest so far on run 2) and Lizeroux. Victor Muffat-Jeandet doesn’t seem to have got his form back this year – just 8th at present. Manfred Mölgg into 3rd; Loic Meillard has gained a bit on the upper section, and he’s got enough of an advantage to take the lead. Alexis Pinturault has lost a lot of time on his run and he’s into 7th, at present. Dave Ryding off the pace too – only 16th. Daniel Yule into 3rd; next away is Clement Noel, with 1.15 advantage at the start – it’s being whittled away but he still has 0.49 at inter 3 – sadly not enough and he’s only 4th, +0.41, at the finish. The closing turns are taking their toll, not helped by a nasty rut which is developing. Myhrer has over a second in hand as well, but he’s just 8th, +0.81 at the finish; the track isn’t holding up too well, despite all the salt. The weather seems to be getting worse too – Zenhaeusern has lost over 2 seconds to end up 7th. A lot of work going on, trying to repair the piste. Felix Neureuther has had a bad time between inter 2 and 3; massive error and possibly a straddle? Not a straddle but 24th place. Now Henrik Kristoffersen with 1.54 in hand – he was 0.84 into the green at inter 3 but the final turns have taken that away – he’s 2nd, +0.09 – that moustache is not exactly a good addition! Michael Matt next – and he’s red at inter 3 despite 1.61 advantage at the start – he’s 4th. Just Marcel Hirscher to go – he still has 1.12 in hand at inter 3 – he wins it by 0.38! That makes Hirscher the most successful Austrian World Cup racer of all time! Hirscher wins, with Meillard and Kristoffersen completing the podium; Feller in 4th, ahead of Matt and Yule. Stefan Hadalin the fastest on run 2, and 8th overall.

Courcheval - Women’s Giant Slalom, 21 Dec: All looks very white, it’s snowing a little – I think more flat light? Course set by a German coach. Tessa Worley is first away; one error but otherwise seemed OK – not sure if it’s my imagination but the snow seems to be a little heavier? Mowinckel next and she’s made an error in the same place as Worley – into 2nd, +0.13. It’s not my imagination – that snow is much heavier! Wendy Holdener has been unlucky with the visibility - 3rd, but +1.69. Federica Brignone has also made “the mistake” but she’s working well on the lower section – into 3rd, +0.16. Vikki Rebensburg is next and she’s gaining a bit lower down – she takes over the lead, by 0.11. Bib 6 is Mikaela Shiffrin – I think she’s unlucky with the weather too – slightly red all the way, and she’s 2nd, +0.08; great stuff in the conditions. Steph Brunner has done well in the bad conditions too – into joint 2nd with Shiffrin! That’s 10 away – Rebensburg leads, Brunner/Shiffrin 2nd, Worley in 4th, ahead of Mowinckel and Brignone. Lysdahl has skied into 7th; now Vlhova has taken over 7th. Frida Hansdotter into 8th; she’s the last to get into the top 10 for a while! Thirty away – no change to the top 10 since Hansdotter. And that’s run 1 over – no late changes to the top 10.
Run 2 – It seems the start might have been lowered? It certainly looks dull and gloomy, and it’s still snowing – harder than before, if anything. The weather is getting worse at a rate of knots – certainly not ideal. Course set by an Austrian coach this time – 12 gates have gone due to the lowered start. First 10 away – Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) leads from Mikaela Tommy (CAN) and Val Grenier (CAN). Lara Gut-B isn’t on the pace today – just 7th at present. Now that’s a good run – Thea Louise Stjernesund has gained time and she leads by 0.89. Wendy Holdener into 2nd; Sara Hector goes 3rd – visibility isn’t good. Adeline Mugnier has also gained time, doubling her advantage to take the lead.  Katharina Liensberger into 3rd now; that was close, Nina Haver-Løseth still green at inter 2 but into 2nd, 0.09 off the pace! Ricarda Haaser takes over 3rd place, but only briefly as Anna Veith has held on to her advantage pretty much all the way, and she now leads – Veith in first ahead of Mugnier and Haver-Løseth. Lysdahl out before the first intermediate; Frida Hansdotter into 2nd as the vis gets even worse on the upper section. Petra Vlhova has taken over 2nd place, just 0.02 behind Veith; Federica Brignone has 0.94 in hand at the start – still 0.59 at inter 3 and she takes over the lead by 0.46. Ragnhild Mowinckel is close – into 2nd by 0.05; four to go and Tessa Worley has taken the lead – it’s apparently been 16 years since a French woman won on French soil! However – Shiffrin is next and she’s making up time – 0.03 has become 0.33 and she takes the lead; brilliant! Steph Brunner has gone red by inter 1, and she’s into 5th; Vikki Rebensburg has an advantage of 0.08 at the start, and she’s into the red at inter 1 as well – better on the lower section and she’s pulled a little back to go 2nd by 0.14. Mikaela Shiffrin wins again (that’s her 49th World Cup win), from Rebensburg and Worley. Brignone in 4th, ahead of Mowinckel and Brunner. Fastest time on run 2 belongs to Adeline Mugnier!

Courcheval - Women’s Slalom, 22 Dec: Mikaela Shiffrin is bib number 3 today. Conditions look fairly good; no falling snow and good visibility, but apparently it’s a bit warm and might try to rain! Race on, Petra Vlhova first away and safely down on a course set by an Italian coach. Wendy Holdener can’t match the time – she’s +0.51. Mikaela Shiffrin next – red at the two intermediates, fast finish though and she leads, but only by 0.04. Swenn Larsson into 4th; Haver-Løseth has taken over that place. Frida Hansdotter is more on the pace – green at inter 1, but she’s lost time lower down and now she’s into 4th. Better  run from Bernadette Schild, into 3rd, +0.26. That’s the first 10 away – Shiffrin leads from Vlhova and Schild, then Holdener, Hansdotter and Haver-Løseth. Twenty away now – no change to the top 10 since Katharina Truppe (bib 13) went into joint 9th. It seems this season that it’s sometimes quite difficult for the later starters to make an impression – 30 away now; no change to the top 10 – Mina Holtmann (bib 30) possibly the best of the later starters at present, getting into 12th; Lysdahl (bib 26) now 13th. Still the same with 40 away, and I need to go shopping before run 2!
Run 2: The ski-jump part of Nordic Combined at Ramsau is over-running, due to wind problems – what a surprise! That is exciting TV – lots of people looking at trees and wind-speed indicators! Now the Ramsau commentator is trying to cover the start of the Courcheval event by reading the detail from his screen – sadly we can’t see that video so it’s pretty useless, especially when he adds “as you can see” – we can’t! It seems Eurosport will be shifting to Courcheval, but only after a mega dose of adverts!! To be honest it isn’t a big deal as I don’t pay too much attention to run 2 until there are 10 away! Nice run from Adeline Mugnier, until an error on the final section – she’s into 2nd just behind Paula Moltzan (USA). Right – first 10 away, Charlotte Saefvenberg (SWE) leads from Moltzan with Aline Danioth (SUI) in 3rd. Sara Hector the only DNF so far. Roni Remme (CAN) into 4th; some of the next group of skiers seem to be losing lots of time in the middle and lower sections of the course, which I think was set by Shiffrin’s coach? Irene Curtoni is doing a lot better; still in the green at inter 2 and she goes into 2nd, +0.04 – that’s also the half way point! Now, Kristin Lysdahl (NOR) has gained time on the upper section; 0.60 still in hand at inter 2, and she’s kept almost all of it to take the lead by 0.56. Mina Fuerst Holtmann is going well this weekend – she’s into 2nd place. Anna Swenn Larsson has gained a lot between inter 1 and 2, almost doubling her advantage and she now leads by a rather impressive 0.84. That’s also the 2nd fastest time on run 2; best is still Moltzan. All change – Katharina Liensberger is also gaining time – she’s set the new fastest time on run 2 and Austria take the lead! Truppe into 4th; Chiara Costazza goes 3rd after the TV break, but she’s not there long as Erin Mielzynski takes over that place. Nina Haver-Løseth into 2nd, but Frida Hansdotter has almost doubled her advantage by inter 2, taking full advantage of a drastic improvement in the visibility, and she leads by 0.93 – setting the new fastest time for run 2 in the process! That might be hard to beat? Wendy Holdener can’t match that, but she does get into 2nd; three to go! The sun is out, but sadly so is Bernadette Schild, after a straddle. Petra Vlhova has lost quite a bit of time between inter 1 and 2, but she’s quick on the final section, and she leads by 0.08. Now Mikaela Shiffrin has only 0.04 advantage at the start; briefly into the red at inter 2 but she’s pulled it all back lower down – she wins again! That’s win number 50 on the World Cup circuit for Shiffrin – amazing! Petra Vlhova in 2nd, with Frida Hansdotter (still fastest on run 2) getting the final podium place.

Madonna di Campiglio – Men’s Slalom, 22 Dec: Poor chaps – this has been a busy week! There must be some very tired legs by now. Michael Matt gets this slalom started, on a course set by his coach – he’s down and it looked neat. Myhrer can’t match him, +0.54. Daniel Yule looking very good and he takes the lead by 0.69. Next away is Henrik Kristoffersen; nicely green at inter 1 and 2 and he leads by 0.52. Now it’s Marcel Hirscher – fractionally red at inter 1, even less red at 2, bit more red at 3 and he’s just pinched the lead by 0.14! Loic Meillard into 4th; Mölgg 5th. Good lower section by Marco Schwarz which gained time, and gets him 3rd place. Manu Feller is the first DNF; that’s 15 away – Hirscher leads from Kristoffersen, Schwarz, Yule, Meillard and Mölgg. Dave Ryding isn’t having a particularly good season, so far – only 12th at present, +1.66. He needs a good result or he’ll start getting higher start numbers! Clement Noel (bib 18) into 6th; and, Julien Lizeroux (bib 23) into 7th – that’s more like it! Good effort from Matej Vidovic (CRO, bib 31) who has just skied into 16th. Another impressive run from Alex Vinatzer (ITA) – bib 35 into 8th! Some good efforts by the later starters today, including Johannes Strolz (AUT) – bib 40 to 15th, Sandro Simonet (SUI), bib 42 to 16th and Kristoffer Jakobsen (SWE) – bib 43 to 9th! Still changing – Erik Read into 16th; Alex Khoroshilov (bib 48) into 13th! Giuliano Razzoli (bib 69) has just got into 10th! Sadly all this late charging isn’t helping Dave Ryding, who is now 22nd and still losing the occasional place – he ended up 27th, only just getting a second run.
Run 2: Dave Ryding away number 3 on run 2 – he’s gaining time and takes the lead by 0.72 – that's more like it! That was a pretty good run from Ryding – with 10 away he still leads, ahead of Istok Rodes (CRO) and Trevor Philp (CAN). Jean-Baptiste Grange into 4th. Felix Neureuther has gone 3rd; even Alexis Pinturault can’t match Ryding’s time – he’s into 4th. Now, what can Dave’s old training partner, Alex Khoroshilov do – he’s way off the pace – all too risky and he’s 13th! Sixteen away and still Ryding leads; ah, well – all good things come to an end – Michael Matt takes the lead. Victor M-J can only manage 5th; Mölgg is also losing time to inter 2 – he’s pulled a bit back but is still only 3rd at the finish. The course is starting to really rut; nice to see Giuliano Razzoli back after injury – he’s into 3rd. Kristoffer Jakobsen had a great first run, but this second run isn’t going his way – he’s only 13th. Alex Vinatzer on track – very risky and he’s a DNF. Julien Lizeroux has straddled – he’s walked up but I don’t think he’ll be allowed to do that? Clement Noel next, and then just 5 more to go – Noel has made a huge error; at present it’s Matt, Ryding and Razzoli on the podium! French coach is practising his face palms! Loic Meillard has also made a big mistake, which has dropped him to 17th. No matter what, this will be Dave Ryding’s best result of this season. Daniel Yule has gained time between inter 2 and 3 and he leads by 0.50! Marco Schwarz has gone into 2nd; Ryding off the podium, but he still has the best time for run 2. Kristoffersen has straddled on gate 2 – he’s a DNF – most unusual. Speaking of unusual – Hirscher has also straddled, for the first time in over 10 years!! So, Daniel Yule wins, ahead of Marco Schwarz and Michael Matt – Dave Ryding in 4th, ahead of Razzoli and Mölgg. Hirscher misses the chance to be the first skier to win 15 races in a calendar year! He and Shiffrin are tied on 14 each at present. Well done to Dave Ryding – 27th to 4th after his second run charge!


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Nove Mesto – Men’s 10 Km Sprint, 20 Dec: Right – floodlights are on, and so is the race; fairly calm at present! Thomas Bormolini quickest of the early starters; Tero Seppala (FIN) has just gone faster at 2.5 Km. Tachizaki is at S1, and clear, as JoBø starts to get ready; Bormolini has missed 2 – so has Doherty. It’s quite a tough entry to the range – Seppala is the second person to clear all 5 and he’s 15.9 faster than Tachizaki. Malyshko also clear and fractionally faster than the Finn. Lukas Hofer now fastest at 2.5 Km but JoBø is flying! Garanichev is clear at S1, and he’s 7.6 faster than Malyshko. Jakov Fak has missed his 5th shot; Hofer clear and out 13.7 ahead of Garanichev.  Weger also clear, and out 2nd after S1; Krcmar has missed his first shot. JoBø is clear at S1, and already 10.8 faster than Hofer. Samuelsson has also missed his 5th; Malyshko is 10/10 and 40.7 ahead of the nearest chaser after S2. Loginov clear at S1, and out 2nd; Bjøntegaard is (0,1) but out after S2 just 11.1 behind Malyshko, and he’s faster on the lap too. Lukas Hofer in for S2 – he’s missed the first 2, and the last 2 as well. Beni Weger is 10/10 and currently fastest after S2, or he was until JoBø went 10/10, shooting very quickly, and left the range 47.8 ahead! At S1 Martin Fourcade has missed 1! Loginov is 10/10 and just 14.9 behind Johannes – brilliant shooting – very fast! Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE) also 10/10; faster than Weger but 42.4 off Bø’s time. At 9.3 Km JoBø is over a minute faster than Weger! JoBø is over the line; surely that’s the win? Martin F in for S2 – he’s missed 3, what has happened to him this season? Alex Loginov over the line, into 2nd, +21.0 so he’s lost 5.1 to Bø on the last lap. Schempp is (0,1) but the commentators reckon the German skis might not be running well? Doll also (0,1) and best German after S2, in 12th at present. Ponsiluoma is over the line, currently in 3rd. Back at S1 Tarjei Bø has missed 1. At present JoBø leads from Loginov, Ponsiluoma, Weger (all 10/10) then Desthieux and Eberhard (both with 1 miss). Martin F over the line in 27th, at present, over 2 minutes back. Tarjei Bø is (1,0) and 5th after S2, just off Weger’s time. Johannes Kühn has missed his final shot, and his ski speed isn’t quite there either. Now, Tarjei has passed Weger by 7.7 Km, but he isn’t catching Ponsiluoma at the moment;  by 9.3 Km he’s fading a bit – back to joint 6th, he’s 8th at the finish. Back at S1 Jules Burnotte (CAN) is clear and inside 20 seconds, in 7th place. Simon Eder is 10/10 and pretty much on the same time as Tarjei Bø there. QFM is 10/10 and out 5th, +51.1 – that’s fractionally better than Tarjei. He’s lost a bit on the early part of the final lap, but that might leave him more for the finish?? Looks like Roman Rees is the only German to clear all 10? Burnotte has missed 1 at S2 – out in 22nd, but it’s only his second World Cup race. QFM is over the line in 12th. Johannes Dale (NOR) is 10/10 – might just get into the top 10 if he has some speed left for the final lap, but the conditions aren’t on his side. Burnotte over the line in 31st – what a lot of hair - he’s really Sideshow Bob! Dale is at the finish – 15th at present! That’s it – JoBø wins another sprint – amazing ski speed and good shooting. Alex Loginov in 2nd, 21 seconds back and Martin Ponsiluoma gets the final podium place. Weger in 4th ahead of Desthieux and Julian Eberhard. Doll best of the Germans in 11th; Martin Fourcade in 43rd, +2:12.9. Loginov fastest on the range, ahead of Eder and Jaakko Ranta (FIN); no surprise at all that JoBø was quickest on the tracks, 26.9 ahead of Loginov  - Fourcade 4th there.

Nove Mesto – Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint, 21 Dec: Kaisa and Doro tied on 114 points each in the sprint standings at present; Doro 7 points ahead in the overall after 5 events. It’s snowing here as well, apparently it started 90 minutes or so ago, so there should be some new stuff on the tracks at first – nice to see Laura Dahlmeier back in the World Cup, albeit starting number 84. Apparently Koukalová has written a book, which might have been just a bit too honest; that might be worth finding out more about. The snow is getting heavier; hard going for the early starters?! Valj Semerenko the early pace setter at 1.6 Km, but for some reason she isn’t showing up on the S1 list despite, I think, going clear – ah, there she is, at last! Currently at S1 it’s Semerenko, Denise Herrmann (clear!) and Solemdal. Kaisa now fastest at 1.6 Km; Hanna Öberg clear at S1 and fastest at present. Franzi Hildebrand is also clear at S1 and pretty ,much on the same pace as Herrmann. Sanfilippo clear at S1 and out in 2nd. Valj Semerenko is 10/10, and ahead of the 2 athletes who started before her; Kaisa has missed 1 at S1. Franziska Preuß has cleared at S1 and faster than Valj, but Yurlova-P has also cleared and she’s fastest. Justine Braisaz fast into S1 but she’s missed 3; Herrmann has missed 3 at S2! Paulina Fialkova at S1 – clear and leads out; at S2 only Valj is 10/10 at the moment. Kaisa making up time on the lap; Vanessa Hinz clear at S1 and out 4th, just behind Öberg. Speaking of Öberg, she’s just gone 10/10; Franzi H is (0,1) and Sanfilippo has missed 2 at S2. Kaisa in for S2 – she’s missed her first, and 3 more – not her day. Yurlova has also missed 2 at S2; Preuß is (0,1) and 3rd at present after S2. Now Marte Olsbu-Roeiseland is clear at S1 and 7.4 faster than Fialkova; Doro has missed 1 at S1. Over at S2 Fialkova is 10/10 (only the 3rd one to do so) and much faster than Valj – 22.6 ahead. Hinz also (0,1) – just like the two Franzis! Despite a miss at S1, Anais Chevalier has cleared at S2 and is just 6.3 behind Fialkova! Vittozzi has missed 2 at S2 but Marte O-R has joined the 10/10 group and she’s 8.5 faster than Fialkova, who is currently gaining time on Chevalier on the final lap. Back at S1 Kuzmina has missed 1; Doro is at S2 – 1 miss there too. That’s interesting – Lena Haecki is clear at S1 and even faster than Marte O-R. Tiril Eckhoff is (1,2). Marte O-R has crossed the finish line, in first ahead of Fialkova (+6.2) and Chevalier (+23.0); Doro into 5th at present despite 2 misses. At S2 Kinga Zbylut (POL) is 10/10 and out 4th; Lena Haecki has missed 1 at S2, but still out 4th. The snow has stopped – oops, no it hasn’t! Zbylut over the line in 5th, but Haecki is closing her down on the lap – Haecki over the line in 4th! So, at present Marte O-R leads from Fialkova, Chevalier, Haecki , Öberg and Zbylut. Back at S1 Laura Dahlmeier is clear and 2.2 faster than Haecki, but there’s a long way to go. Enora Latuilliere fast at 1.6 Km but she’s missed 3 at S1. Vita Semerenko clear at S1 and faster than Marte O-R, but she’s losing time on the lap! Now Laura D is at S2 – she’s missed her first but the rest are cleared – she’s out in 3rd, +8.8. Sarah Beaudry (CAN) clear at S1 and in touch – out 5th. Vita Semerenko has just missed her 10th shot – out 6th. Laura D has lost a bit of time at 5.9 Km, but she’s pulled a bit back by 6.6 Km. Laura Dahlmeier is over the line in 2nd – just 4.5 seconds back despite doing a penalty loop. Pretty impressive for her first race back on the World Cup circuit! So, Marte O-R (0,0) wins, from Laura D (0,1; +4.5) and Paulina Fialkova (0,0; +6.2) – Chevalier (1,0; +23.0) in 4th, ahead of Haecki (0,1) and Öberg (0,0; +31.0). Doro in 9th, +38.3; Sarah Beaudry (0,0) in 12th and Kaisa down in 58th, +2:05.8. Doro fastest on the range, ahead of Vita S and Merkushyna. Laura D fastest around the course ahead of Aymonier and Eckhoff.
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Biathlon - Nove Mesto - Pursuits

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 22 Dec 2018, 5:27 pm

Nove Mesto – Men’s 12.5 Km Pursuit, 22 Dec: Bit warm today, with a bit more wind than yesterday, although it has eased since this morning. Martin Fourcade starts 43rd, over 2 minutes back – a very strange experience for him! Hmm, JoBø has 21 seconds in hand at the start; almost a penalty loop?! Johannes is away, Loginov leads the chasers. Ponsiluoma away, 54 seconds back and now the pack is starting to chase. Johannes Dale has fallen – might have damaged his rifle? JoBø is coming in for S1 – wind looks tricky at times – all off to the right of the target but he’s only missed 1; the wind has picked up a bit for Loginov, who also has 4 down. Ponsiluoma has missed 2, and he’s not the only one! Weger and Tarjei Bø among those who are 5/5 – after S1 JoBø leads, from Loginov (+38.1), Weger (+49.7), Tarjei, Desthieux and Bjøntegaard (+58.4). Arnd Peiffer has fallen just before the tunnel; bit unusual! JoBø in for S2 – still gusty but Johannes hasn’t moved his sights; slow shooting but he’s cleared all 5. Loginov has missed 1; Tarjei clear, Weger has missed 2 but Bjøntegaard is clear. Lots of misses – Malyshko has missed 3 here, so has Fak. After S2 JoBø leads, his brother is in 2nd (+45.5), ahead of Loginov, Bjøntegaard, Desthieux and Pidruchnyi (up from 19th) – Christiansen (0,0) up from 32 to 8! Speaking of gains – Martin Fourcade is also 10/10 and 19th from 43. JoBø already in for S3 – the first standing shoot – very lucky with shot 1 but he’s missed 2 of the others. Tarjei looks tired, but he’s cleared; Loginov shooting much faster but he’s missed 1 (1,1,1). After S3 it’s Tarjei Bø (0,0,0), Johannes Bø (1,0,2), +0.2, Desthieux (0,0,0), +7.3, Bjøntegaard, Loginov and Pidruchnyi – Martin Fourcade is 15/15 and up to 9th! Christiansen has missed 1 here, but is still 10th. I think the Bøs might have eased back as they come in for S4 – both of them have missed 1; Bjøntegaard has missed 4! Loginov has missed 1 again – so after the last shoot JoBø leads, with Tarjei 2nd (+2.3), Loginov, +5.1, Desthieux, Fourcade (+41.5) and Pidruchnyi. Garanichev up from 30 to 11, Samuelsson 52 to 14! On the lap Loginov is past Tarjei and closing on JoBø; Martin F has too much of a gap to close down Desthieux. Johannes has realised what is coming and he’s upped his work rate – he crosses the line first. Johannes Bø (1,0,2,1) wins, ahead of Alex Loginov (1,1,1,1), Tarjei Bø (0,0,0,1), Simon Desthieux (0,0,0,2), Martin Fourcade (0,0,0,0) and Dmytro Pidruchnyi (0,0,0,1). Gainers include Martin F (43-5), Samuelsson (52-10), Nelin (31-12), Garanichev (30-13), Hofer (39-17) and Christiansen (32-20). Those going the wrong way include Ponsiluoma (3-14, 5 misses), Guigonnat (7-15), Weger (4-22, 5 misses), J Eberhard (6-25) and Yeremin (26-43, 9 misses). Eliseev fastest on the range, ahead of Guigonnat and Loginov; Lukas Hofer fastest around the tracks, ahead of JoBø and Samuelsson. I think Martin Fourcade was the only one to hit all 20 targets; can’t see any other zeros?


Nove Mesto – Women’s 10 Km Pursuit, 22 Dec: Marte Olsbu-Roeiseland will start first, with a small lead over Laura Dahlmeier, but I do wonder how Laura will do – second race in 2 days after a World Cup absence, especially with an on form Fialkova just a second behind? I think it might be raining? Roeiseland pulling away a little on the lap, Fialkova past Dahlmeier. In for S1 – Marte O-R is shooting slowly and deliberately but she’s clear, so are Laura D, Öberg and Doro Wierer. Fialkova has missed 2, as have Kuzmina, Preuß, and Hildebrand - even a couple 3s in the list. Out in order Marte O-R, Laura D (+15.0), Öberg, Doro, and Vita Semerenko (+32.2). Marte O-R in for S2; she’s clear again but Doro is also clear and much faster on the range; Öberg and Dahlmeier also clear. Order after S2 is Roeiseland, Wierer, Öberg, Dahlmeier, Semerenko and Hinz (up from 22nd). Doro really is closing down Marte O-R on the lap; here we go for the first standing shoot – Doro slow but clear, Marte has missed 1, Laura D has missed 2! Out – Doro, Hanna Öberg, Marte O-R (+19.3), Laura D (+1:06.2), Haecki and Vittozzi. Valj Semerenko has passed her sister and is 7th, to Vita’s 10th. Haecki and Vittozzi are closing on Laura D – it’s the final shoot. Doro has missed her first as the wind picks up; 1 miss each for the leading 3 after some slow shooting. Marte O-R leads from Doro (+0.5), Öberg (+7.4); Laura D is clear this time and 4th fractionally ahead of Valj Semerenko with Vanessa Hinz (one of very few to clear all 20) right behind them. At 9.1 Km Vittozzi is past Laura D; Hinz past Valj. At 9.8 Km Marte O-R is just 0.3 ahead of Doro with Öberg just 4.5 back. Roeiseland (0,0,1,1) wins the sprint by just 0.2 from Doro (0,0,0,1) with Hanna Öberg (0,0,0,1) in third, +4.7. Another very close sprint behind them – Vittozzi (1,0,0,0) has just pipped Laura D (0,0,2,0) with Vanessa Hinz (0,0,0,0) in 6th. gainers include Vittozzi (18-4), Hinz (22-6) Brorsson (36-12), Magnusson (44-14, and 20/20), Persson (37-15) Hojnisz (40-16) and Herrmann (45-26, despite 5 misses). Going the wrong way – Haecki (5-10, due to 2,1,0,2 on the range), Fialkova (3-17), Zbylut (8-19), Vita Semerenko (7-31), Hildebrand (21-46; 6 misses), and Karo Horchler (27-48; 7 misses). Haecki fastest on the range ahead of Simon and Yurlova; Kuzmina fastest around the tracks, ahead of Herrmann and Kaisa M (started 58, finished 36th; 6 misses).
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Biathlon - Nove Mesto - Mass Starts

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 23 Dec 2018, 2:31 pm

Nove Mesto – Men’s 15 Km Mass Start, 23 Dec: First Mass Start of the season – weather a bit dull; Loginov is away pretty fast! The pace has eased back a little, and JoBø is back in front, with Martin F pretty much alongside. At 2.1 Km Guigonnat leads, ahead of Martin F, Julian Eberhard, JoBø and Alex Loginov, but there is only 5.7 seconds between the leading 20! In for S1 – Weger first to shoot and he missed it! JoBø clear while Martin F has missed 2! 11 clear, and no one with more than 2 misses – Simon Eder leads out, ahead of JoBø, Tarjei Bø, Doll, Nelin and QFM (+11.3) ; Loginov missed 1 and is 13th, Martin F is 22nd, +49.4. Hofer, Christiansen, L’Abee-Lund, Eberhard, Samuelsson and Malyshko among those who missed 2. Eliseev has fallen on the lap – tricky conditions today so he might not be the last? The Bø brothers are in for S2 – sights are being changed; both quite slow shooting but they are both clear; Nelin has missed 3, so has Guigonnat; Weger has missed 2, Fourcade clear. Tarjei leads out, ahead of Johannes, Eder, Doll, QFM and Bjøntegaard (+14.6) – all 10/10. Loginov in 11th, Fourcade 17th, +57.4. Tarjei doing his best as a wind break on the lap! The Bøs are over 20 seconds clear – that’s a penalty loop in hand. JoBø has taken over the lead on the hill, as they come in for the first standing shoot – wind has shifted and picked up. Johannes clear but Tarjei has missed 2. None of the chasers are clear so far; Garanichev is the first, but Loginov has missed 2, Krcmar clear. Martin F has missed another 1. After S3 JoBø leads, ahead of Garanichev (0,0,0; +36.2), QFM (0,0,1; +42.1), Doll (0,0,1), Tarjei (0,0,2), and Desthieux (1,0,1; +50.9). Fourcade (2,0,1) is 18th, +1:31.6. At 11.1 Km, JoBø is 43.0 ahead of QFM, then Garanichev, Tarjei, Desthieux and Doll (+56.6). Final shoot – quite fast and he’s cleared the lot! No fist pump but he can cruise the final lap; QFM has missed his last shot, Garanichev clear , Tarjei has missed 4! Fourcade clear this time. Order after S4 – JoBø, Evgeniy Garanichev (+50.1), QFM (+56.7), Peiffer (+1:10.1), Doll and Bjøntegaard (+1:21.4). JoBø isn’t cruising – he’s pulled out 7 seconds on the Russian! Fourcade 10th, but only a second or so back on 7th place! Quentin Fillon Maillet into 2nd, despite his 2 penalty loops; Fourcade up to 8th. Final run to the finish – JoBø gets another well-deserved win – his 3rd for the weekend! QFM has taken 2nd, Garanichev takes the final podium place. Arnd Peiffer in 4th, ahead of Bjøntegaard and Doll. Desthieux in 7th, despite (1,0,1,2) but Moravec has passed Fourcade who ended 9th. Loginov in 15th (1,1,2,2), Tarjei 16th (0,0,2,4). Loginov fastest on the range ahead of Guigonnat and Malyshko; JoBø fastest around the tracks ahead of Desthieux and QFM. Tough programme – they’ll be looking forward to a break!

Nove Mesto – Women’s 12.5 Km Mass Start, 23 Dec: Last World Cup race of the year! It’s 4 degrees at race start – still a bit warm, so we may see a couple fallers, especially if anyone drifts off the race line into the deeper, softer snow? Marte Olsbu-Roeiseland getting to the front of the pack, but it’s all very close as they come in for S1 – the wind has picked up a bit. Simon and Öberg quick to shoot, but with misses; 1 for Marte O-R too. Out in order Doro W, Yurlova-P, Fialkova, Franzi H, Hinz and Preuß , all 5/5; Kaisa M in 7th, also clear. Kaisa gaining places on the lap; she’s leading in for S2 - Preuß and Doro among those clear, but Kaisa has missed 1. Doro leads out, just ahead of Paulina Fialkova, Preuß in 3rd, then Yurlova-P, Hinz and Kuzmina (fastest of the 1 miss group). Kaisa now 29.3 back, in 9th. Kuzmina has gone to the front on the lap and leads in for the first standing shoot – wind has dropped. Kaisa has missed 2; I can only see 2 15/15 scores! Doro (0,0,0) leads out, 4.5 ahead of Kuzmina (1,0,0) with Hinz in 3rd, +17.4. Tandrevold in 4th, ahead of Fialkova and Brorsson. Preuß missed 2 at S3, but is hanging on in 7th, +55.1. Kuzmina’s ski speed is back and at 9.1 Km she’s 9 seconds ahead of Doro. Tandrevold, Fialkova and Hinz all about 29 seconds back. Kuzmina in for S4 – she’s missed her first shot, but Doro has also missed 1; so has Fialkova; Tandrevold and Hinz have missed 2 each, Kaisa has missed 3! After S4 Kuzmina leads by 0.7 from Doro, Fialkova in 3rd (+17.4) then Chevalier, Brorsson and Öberg. Marte O-R (1,1,3,0) in 15th, Kaisa (0,1,2,3) in 24th. Kuzmina is looking tired, but still pulling away from Doro who is being caught by Fialkova and Chevalier. Kuzmina wins, Fialkova nicks 2nd ahead of Chevalier with Doro in 4th. Brorsson taking 5th ahead of Tandrevold, Preuß and Braisaz. Kaisa ended up 22nd, just losing a photo to Bescond. Doro fastest on the range, ahead of Simon and Vittozzi; Kuzmina fastest around the course but only some 6/7 seconds ahead of Anais Chevalier and Kaisa M.

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Semmering & Bormio

Post by Bleausardv2 on Fri 28 Dec 2018, 5:14 pm

Semmering – Women’s Giant Slalom 28 Dec: Conditions don’t look too bad, although there’s a lot of green on the surrounding hills! Ragnhild Mowinckel is first down – one quite tricky moment but a good recovery and she’s safely down. Stephanie Brunner is red at the top - similar but slightly more controlled where Mowinckel got airborne –– she leads by just 0.01! Brignone into 3rd; Holdener 4th – I wonder how long the track will hold up – lots of snow flying off the skis. Tessa Worley has taken over 4th; now it’s Mikaela Shiffrin – dead level at inter 1, just red at inter 2 and she’s gained time on the final section – she leads, but only by 2 hundredths!  Just 0.03 between the top 3! Vikki Rebensburg just green at inter 1, better at 2 (-0.22) but she’s made a big error just by the roller and that cost her time – just 7th. Ten away now; Shiffrin leads from Brunner (+0.02) and Mowinckel (+0.03), then Brignone (+0.18), Worley and Holdener. Petra Vlhova has gone into 4th, +0.06 – the second run is going to be a cracker! Frida Hansdotter nicely in touch at inter 2, but she ends up 8th (+0.57). It seems to be drizzling at the top of the course, which isn’t going to help? Anna Veith has made things even closer – into 5th, but only +0.12! Lara Gut-B isn’t at her best – slowest so far which seems odd. I’m not sure Alex Tilley will get a second run – just 25th at the present. Sad to see Eva-Maria Brem off the pace, and 26th. That’s 30 away; Shiffrin leads from Brunner, Mowinckel, Vlhova, Veith and Brignone (+0.18!). Video coverage shifts to Bormio! Of the later starters, two caught my eye - Mina Holtmann (Bib 35) into 19th, and Andrea Ellenberger (SUI, bib 54) has got into 24th but Alex Tilley is already down to 36th and won’t get that second run. That’s run 1 complete – no changes to the top 10 since Anna Veith!
Run 2: Last minute change of timing gear, so the start is slightly delayed! Nice to see Romane Miradoli (bib 64!) getting a second run – 29th after run 1. That’s 10 away and it’s looking very easy to lose time on the lower sections of this course – Mikaela Tommy leads at present, Maryna Gasienica-Daniel (POL) in 2nd and Katharina Truppe has just gone 3rd. Lovely stuff – Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) into the lead; she’s doing quite well on the late charges, I hope she gets a lower start number soon. Thea Louise Stjernesund (NOR) into 2nd; Marta Bassino has gained quite a bit between inter 1 and 2, and she takes the lead – fastest time so far on run 2 as well. Irene Curtoni into 3rd; Bernadette Schild was gaining to inter 1 but lost time lower down – she’s into 2nd. Katharina Liensberger really going for it – bit ragged at times, but into 2nd. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) has gained time to inter 1, lost a little to 2, but has gained again on the final section – she leads by 0.61 and has also posted the new fastest time on run 2. Great recovery from Adeline Mugnier but it cost her time – she’s had another “moment” and she’s just 13th. This is close, but Vikki Rebensburg has gained time from inter 2 to the finish – she leads by 0.45, and again that’s the fastest time on run 2. Nine to go; Rebensburg leads from Haaser and Bassino. Frida Hansdotter into 4th; Tessa Worley away after the TV break and into 2nd; with, I expect, a few bruises from the fall after the finish? Federica Brignone into 3rd; Anna Veith is tied with Vikki at inter 2, but she’s lost time and she’s into 5th. The course isn’t holding up that well either – Petra Vlhova is holding on to her advantage well, pushing hard, and she takes the lead. Ragnhild Mowinckel has just 0.03 in hand – fractionally red at inter 1 but then it all starts to slip away – she’s 7th. Now, Steph Brunner – just 0.04 advantage – it’s +0.26 at inter 1 and she’s 4th, +0.64 at the finish. Just Mikaela Shiffrin to go – she’s gained a bit to inter 1, but it’s just red at inter 2 and there’s a surprise – she’s just 5th! So, well done Petra Vlhova who wins ahead of Vikki Rebensburg (fastest on run 2) with Tessa Worley getting final podium place; Brunner 4th, Shiffrin 5th and Brignone 6th. Matt Chilton reckons Vlhova is the first Slovakian to win a World Cup GS race.

Bormio – Men’s Downhill, 28 Dec: Arguably the toughest downhill on the Men’s schedule, and it’s long and very icy  too, although the surrounding hills are quite green; Hannes Reichelt safely down but with a few scares en route! Christof Innerhofer is quite a bit quicker at inter 3 and 1.66 ahead at 4 – he leads by a massive 2.49!! Kriechmayr into 2nd (+0.60) and Kilde goes 3rd (+1.10). Beat Feuz next - he’s red most of the way, but gaining time on the lower sections – he’s into 2nd, (+0.16). Bryce Bennett is another who has gained time going from +0.66 at inter 3 to +0.31 at the finish, which gets him 3rd place. Dominik Paris is going well – green at inter 4 and still gaining – he’s into the lead by 0.36; Italy in 1st and 2nd. Crowd seem to like that!  Svindal is a bit off the pace by his standards – into 7th, 1.71 off the leading time. Ten away – Paris leads from Innerhofer and Feuz, then Bennett, Kriechmayr and Kilde. Matthias Mayer into 6th and Johan Clarey into 7th. Kjetil Jansrud next – can he salvage the day for the Vikings? He hasn’t had a good season so far, and today is no better – not sure what happened but he’s skied out; some problem with a ski? Josef Ferstl was well in touch at the first 3 intermediates, but lost a bit of time lower down – he’s currently 9th, which drops Max Franz and Aksel Lund Svindal into joint 10th. And now it’s joint 11th as Ben Thomsen has skied into 9th! Nasty looking fall by Johannes Kröll, but he’s up and skiing away so seems to be alright. Apparently some of the later starters posted fast time sin the training runs, so there may yet be an upset? Nasty – Klemen Kosi into and right through the safety netting – that looked serious; race on hold and no news yet. So far only a report of “cuts to the face” but it seems Kosi is conscious and sitting up – he’s going to be taken off the mountain by helo for a check-up, apparently. Quite a long hold, and it seems Eurosport are cutting to Semmering 20 minutes before run 2, so will probably miss Daniel Hemetsberger (AUT), who is next, and was apparently very fast in training! At present Dominik Paris leads from Innerhofer, Feuz, Bennett, Kriechmayr and Mayer. Well, Hemetsberger probably wasn’t helped by the delay – 25th place, but Niels Hintermann (SUI) did manage joint 13th. So far no change to the top 10 since Ferstl and then Thomsen. But – here comes Matthieu Bailet (FRA) with bib 47 – he’s into 6th! Great result for him – very impressive. Because we have no video I don’t know what happened to Ryan Cochrane-Siegle; he was at the start and then almost immediately listed as a DNF and the race is interrupted. Interruption again for Thomas Biesemeyer; that’s now bib numbers 48 through 51 inclusive – all DNF. Bostjan Kline safely down, albeit in 40th place; Mattia Casse did rather better, getting into 23rd. That’s it – no more changes to the top 10 - well done Dominik Paris!

Semmering – Women’s Slalom 29 Dec: Again, it looks quite nice there, if a bit green in the valley but apparently it’s colder than yesterday. Vlhova goes 4 today; Shiffrin 5. The race is on; Frida Hansdotter the first on course, which has been set by a Swiss coach. Bernadette Schild next, and she’s straddled the first gate – she looks absolutely gutted, poor woman and the Austrian fans are absolutely quiet. Swenn Larsson into 2nd; Petra Vlhova is quite into the red at inter 1, but she’s pulled back a lot by 2 and takes the lead by 0.05. Mikaela Shiffrin next – who apparently swapped her skis quite late on in her preparations – whatever she did it worked as she’s 0.48 faster! Nina Haver-Løseth was surprisingly off the pace, and she’s crashed out in sight of the finish – she’s slid through several gates too and is holding her right knee; not nice. She is walking off, supported by two quite large lads; hopefully just bruising and not an ACL problem. Wendy Holdener into 4th; Lena Dürr is well off the pace – slowest finisher and +3.83. Ten down plus 2 DNFs – Shiffrin leads, ahead of Vlhova (+0.48), Hansdotter, Holdener, Swenn Larsson and Liensberger (+1.17). Post the first TV break, Laurence St-Germain has gone into 10th; fellow Canadian Roni Remme has gone two better and into 9th. I’m quite a fan of Mina Holtmann, but she’s a bit off the pace today – into 15th; 30 away now - no change to the top 10 since Roni Remme went 9th. That’s 50 away – no changes to the top 10 and 16 DNFs so far! Run 1 over and no changes to the top 10.
Run 2: Missed this live and tried to watch the replay (supposed to start at 1630 according to the Eurosport schedule, but there was ski jumping before, which was supposed to run until 1645 and then changed to 1700!). At 1630 the “on now” display did show Slalom from Semmering, but on channel 1, which was also shown as having ski jumping – guess which was on, although to be fair the jumping was captioned as Alpine Skiing!! Swapped to the “on demand” – loads of adverts and no commentary! Luckily there’s another version, which does have commentary, although they have just said that the new course was set by a Swiss coach – thought that was run 1, can they do both? No, is the answer – it is a Slovenian this time, I think. First away is Marusa Ferk, and she’s straddled! Haugen (NOR) is safely down – Hilzinger is faster and the race is on! Sara Hector takes over the lead; she’s replaced by Lara Della Mea, who, in turn, is replaced by Ylva Staalnacke (SWE) – that’s 10 away. Absolutely storming run for Erin Mielzynski to take over the lead; she’s only just got comfortable in the leader’s chair when Mina Fuerst Holtmann goes even faster! Halfway through – Holtmann leads from Mielzynski and Staalnacke. Brignone into 3rd; the course is beginning to cut up on the warm afternoon – a late error by Costazza has cost her the chance to change the top 3. Laurence St-Germain into 2nd; Katharina Truppe has just set the best time on run 2 so far and she leads – the crowd like that! Roni Remme goes 2nd; not for long though as Irene Curtoni takes that place over. Being Austrian and called Katharina seems to be good – Katharina Liensberger is 0.83 faster (fastest on run 2 as well, so far) – Austria in 1 and 2. Swenn Larsson into 3rd; Wendy Holdener is next away and really risking it all – she takes the lead and sets a new best time for run 2. Three to go – Frida Hansdotter has fallen – hopefully bruised only! Petra Vlhova trying for the double – and really pushing it too – lost a bit between inter 1 and 2 but she leads by 0.09. Now, just Mikaela Shiffrin to come - she is 0.38 ahead at inter 1, 0.53 at inter 2 and wins her 15th World Cup race in a calendar year by 0.29 – what an impressive run of victories; first person to do it! That’s also her 51st World Cup win, which makes her the most successful female slalom skier ever. Well done to Petra Vlhova and Wendy Holdener (fastest on run 2) for their podium places; ahead of Liensberger, Truppe and Swenn Larsson. Nice to see Mina Holtmann gain 8 places in her second run to finish 9th – into the top 10! She was joint “best gainer” with Erin Mielzynski who finished 11th.

Bormio – Men’s Super G, 29 Dec: Again, conditions don’t look too bad; the course sounds icy again, and it looks a bit of a brute. Innerhofer first away and he’s skied out; Sejersted is safely down, although he’s damaged a gate or two, and that’s the time to beat. Race interrupted while gate poles are re-drilled! Mauro Caviezel into 2nd; young Christoph Krenn (AUT) is 3rd. Max Franz red early on but he’s gaining time lower down and he takes the lead by 0.14. Josef Ferstl (Happy Birthday to you) into 4th, looking a bit tired on the final section? Matthias Mayer is flying – over a second ahead at inter 2, and he leads by a massive 0.79. Nick has had a flutter on Vincent Kriechmayr – hopefully for a place, as Kriechmayr is into 2nd, +0.49. Austria currently in the top 3 positions; Mayer, Kriechmayr and Franz. At that stage I went out to celebrate a wedding anniversary (mine, as it happens), but looking at the FIS feed this seems to be what happened. I left proceedings with 10 away and Mayer, Kriechmayr and Franz in the top 3 places; the first change was from bib 16, Dominik Paris, who took the lead from Mayer by just 0.01! Next down was Aleksander Aamodt Kilde who went into 3rd, and then bib 19, Beat Feuz, who went 6th. With 20 away Paris led, looking for the double, ahead of Mayer, Kilde, Kriechmayr, Franz and Feuz. And, as far as the top 6 went, that was it – Marco Odermatt (bib 34) ended up 8th, Johan Clarey took 9th and Brice Roger got into 12th. Svindal obviously had a bad day, ending up 17th, although Steve Nyman managed to get into 23rd from start number 60. 5 DNSs, including GB’s Jack Gower, and 6 DNFs, including Kjetil Jansrud. Great weekend for Dominik Paris!
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Oslo City event 1 Jan

Post by Bleausardv2 on Tue 01 Jan 2019, 7:26 pm

Oslo City Event (Parallel Slalom) Men & Women, 1 Jan: Women first in their 1/8th final – Shiffrin leads Mowinckel – looks from the FIS live feed like it’s just the one run (?); Mielzynski leads Truppe; Geiger has pipped Schild after a great start. Wendy Holdener has won her heat as St-Germain is a DNF. Frida Hansdotter has beaten Roni Remme, who is also a DNF – not a good day for the Canadian women. Swenn Larsson has beaten Dürr, who is another DNF – that’s 3 DNFs in a row on the blue course. Nick reckons there are 2 runs on the 1/8 final! Irene Curtoni has beaten Liensberger, Petra Vlhova has beaten Danioth. Over to the men – we start with Hirscher v Hirschbühl – closer than I expected but Marcel H wins by 0.06 – he’s started cross-blocking! Dave Ryding has beaten Feller, who had a flag across his face for a while – the perils of cross-blocking! Myhrer has beaten Victor M-J; Luca Aerni has pipped Matt by just 0.01. Noel has beaten Yule; Foss-Solevaag beats Zenhaeusern. Pinturault has beaten Schwarz and that just leaves Hargin v Kristoffersen – now, there’s a thing – Hargin wins; Kristoffersen isn’t happy with this format, judging from his recent results. Nick is right – the FIS caption of “one run”, actually meant run 1, so they swap courses and go again, in the same pairs, as normal. Huge error 2 before the finish has cost Mowinckel time – Shiffrin goes through. Mielzynski also through – some good news for the Canadians. Geiger wins again, so she’s through; Holdener has almost doubled her advantage, and is also through. Hansdotter has done much the same, so has Swenn Larsson. Irene Curtoni has a good advantage (0.5) over Liensberger, but she’s lost a lost and Liensberger almost made it – Curtoni goes through by just 0.01. Danioth is a DNF, so Vlhova is through easily. Back to the men – run 2; Hirschbühl DQ’d -Hirscher through despite 1 dodgy cross-block; Ryding also through as Feller is a DNF! Myhrer looking very strong, and he’s cruised past Victor M-J. Matt has reversed run 1 (which he lost by 0.01) as Aerni is a DNF; Yule has also reversed run 1 and he’s through against Noel, who had a big error. Zenhaeusern through; Foss S is a DQ (straddle). Schwarz has also reversed run 1; through against Pinturault. Hargin has beaten Kristoffersen again, who has gone out in round 1 in the last 4 parallel events – not his preferred format!
Quarter Finals – Again, women first – Shiffrin just 0.04 faster than Mielzynski; Nick F reckons there are 2 runs here too, which isn’t how the last event ran. Holdener much more comfortable winning against Geiger; Swenn Larsson has beaten fellow Swede Hansdotter and Vlhova looks very strong as she beats Irene Curtoni. FIS feed has lost the men’s QF it seems; just says “coming up”? Hirscher v Ryding – Ryding wins by 0.28!! Michael Matt has beaten the favourite – Andre Myhrer. FIS feed eventually catches up half way through – Zenhaeusern beats Yule (DNF) and Hargin just pips Schwarz by 0.04. All wins on the blue course! Nick is correct – this time even the QFs are having 2 runs, unlike last time. Shiffrin wins again (by 0.19) and she’s through; Holdener easily through as well. Swenn Larsson wins again too as Hansdotter is a DNF! Petra Vlhova another comfortable winner. Run 2 for the men – Marcel Hirscher is out (DNF) so Dave Ryding is through to the next round – Nick is going to go hoarse if he isn’t careful. Myhrer overturning run 1 after an error by Matt; Zenhaeusern also through – Yule DQ’d this time. Schwarz has beaten Hargin by 0.45.
Semi Finals: Two runs again – I knew there was a reason I didn’t like this format! Women first again – Shiffrin v Holdener; Wendy is a DNF, but that would have been close, surely? Petra Vlhova finishing very fast to beat Swenn Larsson by 0.16. Over to the men, where Dave Ryding is up against Andre Myhrer – the Swede is a DNF after a straddle – I dread to think what Nick’s blood pressure reading is at present! Schwarz has beaten Zenhaeusern. Back to the women – Mikaela Shiffrin has taken run 2 too, despite Holdener coming back at her – she’s through to the big final. Swenn Larsson is a DNF; Vlhova through to meet Shiffrin in the big final. Men – run 2 – Ryding has made an error, but recovers while Myhrer has also made an error and is a DNF. Schwarz wins again, and will meet Ryding in the big final.
Finals: Small final first – Swenn Larsson v Holdener; Wendy takes this first run. Now – Petra v Mikaela; the Slovakian has taken run 1 with another fast finish, and her use of cross-blocking! Men’s small final – Zenhaeusern (SUI) v Myhrer (SWE); Andre Myhrer has won this run, by 0.14. Now, the worst Dave Ryding can do is equal his personal best of second in a World Cup event. Schwarz takes run 1 by 0.28. Run 2 – it’s getting windy at the top of the course. FIS live feed lagging again; Wendy Holdener wins and gets 3rd place overall. Now can Vlhova actually get a win? Well, she was the first Slovakian to win a World Cup event (last week; Semmering GS), and Petra Vlhova has just done it again! Mikaela Shiffrin will have to get her cross block up and running! Vlhova wins, Shiffrin in 2nd and Holdener third. Slight delay to the men’s final as the wind is really gusting; Myhrer is a DNF again, so Ramon Zenhaeusern gets on the podium – the Swiss take 3rd in both men’s and women’s events! Marco Schwarz has taken this one too; Dave Ryding has gone out but takes a well-deserved 2nd place. Well done Marco – some revenge for Austria!
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Zagreb Slaloms

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 4:29 pm

Zagreb - Women’s Slalom; 5 Jan: The “Snow Queen” trophy, and one of the longest slaloms the women do. Doesn’t seem to be properly live on Eurosport, sadly – there is video but no commentary. Looks a bit dull and overcast there – I get the feeling the course might cut up too, although it’s quite icy at present. Anyway – Wendy Holdener was first away, and that seems to be a good time as both Katherine Liensberger (+1.40) and Bernadette Schild (+2.21) are miles off the pace. Frida Hansdotter is into 2nd, but even she is +1.21. Petra Vlhova next and she’s got the green light at inter 1; same advantage at 2 but even she can’t match Holdener – into 2nd, +0.19. This looks a very physical course as she’s quite exhausted at the finish. Number 6 is Mikaela Shiffrin - 0.44 green at inter 1, 0.68 ahead at 2 and into the lead by a massive 1.15 – brilliant skiing! The crowd, which contains a good number of Vlhova supporters,  are a bit subdued by that; just a smattering of polite applause! Swenn Larsson into 4th; with 10 away Shiffrin leads from Holdener, Vlhova, Swenn Larsson, Hansdotter and Liensberger. Erin Mielzynski into 6th; with 20 away the top 6 are unchanged, so there is still no one within a second of the leader! I was hoping some of the later starters might have made an impact; Holtmann (bib 20) got into 14th and Staalnacke (bib 27) made it to 18th (at that time) – best for a while was Paula Moltzan (USA, bib 28) who got into 12th! Bit surprised to see Sara Hector with bib 43 – she managed to get into 20th; even better was Franziska Gritsch (AUT, bib 48) who nicked 16th (all positions at the time of that particular run). Bibs 56 (Stoffel – SUI) and 57 (Schmotz – GER) into joint 20th! And that was run 1 completed - away Shiffrin leads from Holdener, Vlhova, Swenn Larsson, Hansdotter and Mielzynski. Quite a useful review of run one on Eurosport a bit later, before run 2, but very short!
Run 2: Another long, icy, technical course – not sure yet which nation set this one (It’s Petra Vlhova’s coach, apparently).  Steph Brunner has taken an early lead but she’s lost it to young Nella Korpio (FIN); now Lara Della Mea (ITA) has turned 0.06 advantage into 0.64 to take the lead! Sara Hector has taken over the lead; the lower section seems very tricky – easy to lose time here as a few competitors have found out! With 10 away Hector leads from Della Mea and Stoffel. Laurence St-Germain has gained time all the way down, and leads by 0.45; Mina Holtmann looked certain to take the lead by over a second, but she’s missed a gate just before the finish. Meanwhile Franzi Gritsch has stolen the lead! Chiara Mair into 2nd; Bernadette Schild has had a good run this time, very aggressive, gaining time all the way, and she leads by 0.93. Lovely run from Christina Geiger, again building on her advantage to take the lead by 0.78 – fastest time on run 2 so far. Ten to go; Truppe into 3rd until Michelle Gisin goes 2nd – TV break with Geiger leading from Gisin and Schild. The course is getting a bit rutted; Liensberger another one to fall while leading. Mielzynski has also fallen but luckily after the final gate and she’s slid over the line to go 6th. That’s better from Frida Hansdotter – she takes the lead; 4 to go. Swenn Larsson into 3rd; Petra Vlhova has 1.02 in hand at the start – up to 1.51 at inter 1, 1.56 at 2 and she leads by a massive 1.72 at the finish! No surprise that she’s also set the fastest time on run 2; Wendy Holdener is 24th fastest on run 2, and that’s only good enough for 2nd overall. Just Shiffrin to go – 1.34 ahead at the start – 1.36 at inter 1, 0.85 at 2; she wins, by 1.25, with the 2nd fastest time on run 2. I think that’s her 37th World Cup slalom win, and the 4th time she’s won the Snow Queen trophy. So Mikaela Shiffrin wins again, ahead of Petra Vlhova and Wendy Holdener. Hansdotter in 4th, then Geiger and Swenn Larsson.

Zagreb - Men’s Slalom; 6 Jan: Well, the caption on Eurosport says “Alpine Skiing” – glad they told me, as it looks very like tennis to the uninitiated! There is a video only channel for the slalom, but I do find it better with a proper commentary! I can only hope that as the luge has been cancelled, Eurosport might put the skiing on that channel? It looks even gloomier in Zagreb today; no info about who set the course, sadly, but it’s very icy. Anyway – first away is Henrik Kristoffersen; I thought that looked more like his normal style and pretty good but then I can’t ski slalom! Zenhaeusern into 2nd (+0.11); Myhrer is way off the pace (+2.01), although apparently the course was set by his coach. Next is Marcel Hirscher – very clean and aggressive skiing and he’s green all the way – he leads by 0.33. Marco Schwarz, fresh from his parallel victory in Oslo, is next – and he’s even faster than Hirscher! The commentary is on, on channel 2, some good coming of the bad weather which has cancelled run 2 of the luge. They are slowly catching up with the live event, so we can see Hirscher and Schwarz again. With 10 down Schwarz leads from Hirscher (+0.37), Kristoffersen (+0.70), Pinturault, Zenhaeusern and Yule. Eurosport are still catching up, but on the FIS feed I can see that Manuel Feller is into 3rd (+0.42); very risky stuff – an all Austrian podium at present! I’m surprised they haven’t cut back to live as it’s Dave Ryding – sadly he’s joint 11th at present, with Felix Neureuther (+1.89) but he has gained places on run 2 before now. Clement Noel into 6th; Lizeroux has gone 9th from start number 22. That’s 30 away – no change to the top 6 since Noel; 4 DNFs so far, Dave Ryding currently 18th. Run 1 over – no late changes to the top 10; Ryding joint 23rd, so he’ll get a nice clean track for run 2!
Run 2: Doesn’t look as though Eurosport is going to cover this live, from the start, either although we do have video – looking a bit sunnier, but Ivica Kostelic, who is doing the run for the cameras, says it’s got even icier! I do like those camera runs – makes you appreciate just how fast the gates come at you! Felix Neureuther is 7th away and he’s taken the lead – next to go is Dave Ryding, who had exactly the same time as the German on run 1 – he’s in the green at inter 1 and 2, but he’s lost time lower down on the course and ends up 3rd, just behind Stefano Gross – no 2nd run charge today perhaps? First 10 away – Neureuther leads from Gross and Ryding. Seb Foss-Solevaag has gained a lot between inter 1 and 2 – he takes over the lead. Next away is Istok Rodes (CRO) – lots of noise from the crowd, and he’s quick too – into 2nd. At last we have commentary; this course is much “turnier” and set by an Italian coach. There’s a TV break and next to go will be Elias Kolega (CRO); sadly he isn’t going as well as Istok Rodes on this run – he’s into 12th. Mölgg has joined the DNFs after a straddle; the course is holding up but there are cross ruts which seem to be causing trouble – the top 6 haven’t changed in a while, and Dave Ryding is holding on to 5th! Lizeroux is another DNF; that’s 7 so far. Just 8 to go; Daniel Yule is being bounced around a lot – he’s into 4th though. Ramon Zenhaeusern next, and he’s got almost a second in hand – he’s going the wrong way through the flush – another DNF! At last – Clement Noel takes the lead – it looked like he backed off a bit, but he’s gained time again on the lower section and that’s enough for the moment. Alexis Pinturault is gaining time on the upper section and he’s keeping it going – no sign of his bad back at present and he leads by a massive 0.60! He and Noel share the fastest time on run 2. Kristoffersen next, with an advantage of 0.07 – fractionally into the red at inter 1, and he’s 0.40 behind at inter 2 – into 3rd, +0.75. Now the Austrians – Manuel Feller first to go and I thought his habit of risking it all might have seen him join the DNFs – he has kept it going and finishes but he’s missed the lead by just two hundredths! Pinturault leads, from Feller and Noel. Marcel Hirscher next – he’s gained time and despite 1 late error he leads by 0.60 – that’s pressure on Schwarz, and it’s the new fastest time on run 2 as well! Poor Marco Schwarz – he stood up to the pressure well in Oslo, but this time it’s got him – he’s straddled! So, Marcel Hirscher wins the event (again; that’s his 64th World Cup win), ahead of Alexis Pinturault and Manuel Feller. Noel in 4th, ahead of Kristoffersen and Foss-Solevaag. Dave Ryding ended up 11th, but that means he gained 12 places on run 2, and he’s currently 5th in the slalom standings.
And, well done Andrew Musgrave – 17th in the Tour de Ski! Winner was Johannes Klaebo (Norway) – who, I think, is the youngest ever winner.
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Flachau, St Anton & Adelboden - Alpine skiing

Post by Bleausardv2 on Wed 09 Jan 2019, 5:32 pm

Flachau – Women’s Slalom; 8 Dec: Sadly I was busy and missed most of run 1; by the time I joined it was almost over with Mikaela Shiffrin leading from Anna Swenn Larsson (+0.27) and Petra Vlhova (+0.31). Liensberger in 4th, ahead of Hansdotter and Holdener (+1.02). In order that was bib numbers 4,7,2,1,5,& 6. Bets of the late starters when I joined was arguably Steph Brunner (bib 28) who was 16th; latest changes to the top 10 were Gisin (bib 12) into 8th, Geiger (bib 14) into 9th and Costazza (15) in 10th. Nella Korpio (FIN, bib 45) seems to be the latest starter to get a second run.  Ten DNFs including both Mielzynski and Remme. That’s run 1 over.
Run 2: Oh dear – highlights of run 1 are on and the weather looks awful – snowing hard and not ideal visibility; it looks even worse for run 2 – and not good in  St Anton either which is the next venue for the women! Wow – 78,000 Swiss Francs to the winner tonight; anyway, Sara Hector is the first away on run 2, on a course set by a German coach – safely down. Carole Bissig faster; Korpio into 3rd. Paula Moltzan (USA) is a lot faster – she leads by 1.56 until Meta Hrovat goes 2nd, just 0.37 behind. Marusa Ferk into 2nd; that’s 10 away – Moltzan leads from Ferk and Hrovat – the course is beginning to cut up and rut quite quickly, although apparently it’s not as bad as run 1. Katharina Huber is losing some time all the way down but she’s still just green at inter 2 – but she’s lost time from there to go 5th. Kristin Lysdahl (NOR) has done better – although she’s lost time she’s kept the light green and she takes over the lead. Steph Brunner looking in touch to inter 2, but she lost a lost on the final section and goes 7th, at present. Lena Dürr into 4th; nice run from Katharina Truppe – again she lost time but she had enough in hand to take the lead by 0.66 – the crowd like that, but Moltzan still has the best time on run 2. Good run from Nastasia Noens to go 2nd, as the snow gets even heavier! Aline Danioth (SUI) into 3rd – the top 3 have the 7th, 10th and 12th  best times on run 2 respectively! Christina Geiger has gained time to inter 1 despite an error – lost a bit to 2 and then gained time again – she’s into the lead by an impressive 1.15! Great run from Michelle Gisin – she’s into 2nd; Wendy Holdener is gaining all the way to inter 2 and has lost almost nothing from there – she leads – 4th best time on run 2. Five to go – Frida Hansdotter into 2nd; Katharina Liensberger has gained to inter 1, pulled out even more to 2 and she takes the lead by 0.48 – the FIS feed says that’s only the 25th fastest time on run 2? Petra Vlhova next – she is also gaining time to inter 2 – hugely impressive final section and she’s gone from 0.44 ahead to a lead of 1.17! No surprise that she’s also set the best time on run 2!! Anna Swenn Larsson is losing a bit of time but Vlhova leads by so much that the Swede is still 2nd! Just Mikaela Shiffrin to come – she’s only 0.06 ahead at inter 1, and fractionally into the red at 2 – and this is where Vlhova really put her foot down – it’s a good final section, but not quite enough – this time she’s 2nd! Petra Vlhova has won her first classic slalom race of the season, Shiffrin in 2nd and Swenn Larsson in 3rd; Liensberger in 4th ahead of Holdener and Hansdotter.
Late news: Anna Swenn Larsson was DQ’d after a review showed she had unknowingly straddled a gate – Katharina Liensberger therefore takes third place and gets a podium finish! Christina Geiger moves up to 6th.

St Anton – Women’s Downhill & Super G; 12/13 Jan: Due to adverse weather conditions these races have been cancelled – the FIS are investigating replacements.  The news is that the Cortina d'Ampezzo programme for the women is now - Downhill (St. Anton replacement) Friday 18th January 2019; Downhill Saturday 19th January 2019; Super-G Sunday 20th January 2019 – St Anton Super G replacement tbc.

Adelboden – Men’s Giant Slalom, 12 Jan: No commentary on the coverage as the main channels are clogged with tennis and ski jumping! Doesn’t look too bad a day; Henrik Kristoffersen is first away – safely down and it looked a pretty good run, but he looks very tired at the end! The course looks a bit of a beast, and it sounds icy too. Matts Olsson into 2nd, +0.73; Loic Meillard even further off the pace. Manuel Feller pushing hard, taking risks and … he’s out! The Austrian coach doesn’t look impressed! Alexis Pinturault has pulled back time on the lower section of the course and he’s into 2nd, +0.18. Bib 7 is Marcel Hirscher – slightly red at inter 1, pretty much the same at 2 and +0.31 at inter 3 after an impressive recovery – he too has pulled back time to the finish and goes 2nd, +0.12. Seems Kristoffersen’s run really was “pretty good”! Mölgg off the pace, and now it’s Ted Ligety, but he can only manage 8th at present; that final section looks steep! Ten away – Kristoffersen leads from Hirscher and Pinturault. Leif K N-H into 4th, but he’s displaced by Fanara, who is in turn pushed down a place by Luitz (+0.22)! Just before the TV break Tommy Ford into 5th; top 6 now Kristoffersen, Hirscher, Pinturault, Luitz, Ford and Fanara. There is supposed to be a review of run 1 with commentary on channel 1 but it’s more blasted tennis between 2 people I’ve never even heard of! Mind you, with 30 away, as Tommy Ford (bib 15) was the last person to change the top 10, you might argue that run 1 isn’t actually riveting TV at present! Marco Odermatt seems to be one of the better “late starters” from bib 27 into 15th; Pavel Trikhichev (RUS, as if you couldn’t guess) from bib 36 to 17th and Samu Torsti (52) is 20th at present. Now that’s a late charge; Marco Schwarz (for some reason bib 67) into 14th! Run 1 complete.
Run 2: The start has been delayed by 30 minutes; not quite sure why as I missed the announcement watching the end of the biathlon! I presume it’s weather related as they are now saying “next decision for race start … ”  so we might get yet another delay. Yep – another 15 minutes. Well – the race is on, apparently the delay was due to a band of cloud, which has now moved on – we now have watery sunshine on parts of the course. Ted Ligety briefly in the lead early on, but displaced by Simon Maurberger (ITA)! First 10 away; Maurberger leads from Ligety and Brennsteiner. Luca de Aliprandini has taken the lead; he’s almost kept it to the half way TV break, but Marco Odermatt (SUI) has taken it away by a massive 0.92 – not surprisingly that is the new fastest time on run 2. Marco Schwarz is going well – he’s taken over the lead! Meillard into 4th; Gino Caviezel (SUI) green almost all the way – he’s into 2nd. Zan Kranjec is gaining time between inter 2 and 3, and that’s a good run – he leads! Victor M-J into 3rd and there’s another TV break. Six to go; Kranjec still leads – Thomas Fanara skiing well and green all the way – now he leads. That final pitch does look very steep! Tommy Ford into 3rd; Luitz down and it looks like he might have a shoulder problem? Not his week; he’s been stripped of his Beaver Creek win too – I suspect he might appeal to the CAS? Alexis Pinturault has recovered well from an early error but it’s cost him time – into 2nd. Now it’s Marcel Hirscher – he’s maintained his advantage to inter 1, and also inter 2 (actually he gained one hundredth at each); massive time gain to inter 3 and he goes into the lead by a massive 1.04 – what a run – fastest on run 2! Well – there’s some pressure for Kristoffersen – but he too has made fractional gains to inter 2; into the red at 3 though and he ends up second. Marcel Hirscher takes another win; Kristoffersen 2nd and Fanara taking the final podium place. Pinturault in 4th, ahead of Kranjec and Ford.

Adelboden – Men’s Slalom, 13 Jan: Two Brits today, in the start list of 76 – conditions are not that good though; snow and poor visibility. Daniel Yule first away, on a course set by a German coach – slight stumble early on but he’s safely down. Henrik Kristoffersen next – green all the way – lost a bit of time on the lower section after an error just before the split timing point but he takes the lead by 0.38. Hirscher next away and he’s red at inter 1 and he’s losing more time to inter 2 (+0.50) – brilliant recoveries and lower section though and he’s into 2nd by just 5 hundredths! Alexis Pinturault also off the pace at inter 2 but he has also recovered a bit on the final turns – into 3rd, +0.18. Myhrer is out; the snow is getting heavier and the combination of icy base with fresh snow on top is proving tricky. Ten away – Kristoffersen leads from Hirscher and Pinturault; next away is Dave Ryding – he’s out too; no second run today. Marco Schwarz is in touch at the intermediates and he’s skied the final section really well, going from red to green – he’s taken the lead by 0.34! Loic Meillard started well, but he’s out – similar point on the course as Ryding? Manuel Feller has done the same – green at inter 1 and then he’s fallen – snapping your ski pole is understandable I suppose but a bit expensive! Lovely run from Clement Noel; one big error but he recovered to go 5th, +0.59. No TV breaks as conditions are so marginal; Victor M-J into 7th. Twenty away – Schwarz leads from Kristoffersen and Hirscher; 4 DNFs so far. Looking at the top 10, with 25 away, we have Austria in 1st and 3rd, Norway 2nd, France in 4,5, & 7, Switzerland in 6, 8 & 9 and Italy in 10th. No change to the top 6 since Clement Noel. Stefan Hadalin (SLO, bib 27) has just missed the top 10, going into joint 11th. And, just when you think it might be over – Dominik Stehle (GER, bib 37) into 12th, and even better, Reto Schmidiger (SUI), bib 38, has gone into 7th place – that made the fans happy!!
Run 2: Conditions don’t look any better; hard to tell if it’s worse as the cameras make it look lighter! First 10 are all down safely – Elias Kolega (CRO) leads at present from Khoroshilov and Neureuther. J-B Grange into 2nd; despite the conditions we are having a TV break. Julien Lizeroux into 3rd; the snow is still falling but it looks even wetter now. Stefan Hadalin into 3rd, and Dominik Stehle takes over 4th. Twenty away – Kolega still leads (that’s 10 places he’s gained so far), ahead of Grange, Hadalin and Stehle. All change – Ramon Zenhaeusern has made a mistake but it doesn’t seem to matter – he leads by a full second – that’s popular!! Victor M-J has lost a lot of time – he’s into 3rd; Reto Schmidiger did well to get such a good first run, but he’s straddled this time. Daniel Yule into 4th; Clement Noel is gaining time – he keeps improving his advantage and he takes the lead by 0.47. Four to go – Noel leads from Zenhaeusern and Kolega. Alexis Pinturault is a bit late on the steep - into 2nd; Hirscher is next and he’s gained time to inter 1, more than doubling his advantage and he’s even more green at inter 2 – he leads by 0.50. That’s the new fastest time on run 2. Kristoffersen has 0.05 in hand at the start – he’s lost it all by inter 1 and he’s losing more as the course continues - he’s 3rd at present! Noel is guaranteed a podium place; Marco Schwarz is into the red at inter 2, and he’s out! That’s World Cup win 67 for Marcel Hirscher, with Clement Noel in 2nd (his first World Cup podium) and Henrik Kristoffersen holding on to the final podium place. Great race, but in awful conditions! Well done to Elias Kolega, who finished in 6th, gaining 15 places. That’s also Hirscher’s 9th win here – another record.


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Biathlon - Oberhof - Sprints

Post by Bleausardv2 on Fri 11 Jan 2019, 3:37 pm

Oberhof – Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint, 10 Jan: First race of the new year; 40,000 fans watching this one! Quite a few “big names” in group 3 today, but I understand Dahlmeier is missing this one, as is Vanessa Hinz (if my German is correct). Fastest at 1.5 Km early on is Katharina Innerhofer, just quicker than Kryuko (BLR). Looks a bit windy on the range – Lucie Charvatová is the first in, but she’s missed her first 2 shots. Iryna Kryuko is the first to go clear; Innerhofer has missed her 5th. Anais Bescond clear and fastest after S1 at present – or was until Lisa Vittozzi went 10.7 faster! Kryuko is so far the only athlete to go 10/10; Bescond looked set to join her but she’s just missed one – only 6.5 seconds behind though. Back at S1 Eckhoff and Dunklee have both missed 1, and Kuzmina 2. Doro Wierer is at S1 – 1 miss for her too! After S1 the standings at present are Vittozzi, Chevalier, Fialkova and Bescond. At S2 Merkushyna (UKR) and Alimbekava (BLR) have gone 10/10 but they are slower than Bescond. Julia Simon is clear at S1 and only 4.1 behind Vittozzi there; Marte O-R has missed 1 at S2 but she’s a little faster than Bescond. Vittozzi has cleared at S2 as well, and so has Vita Semerenko – both faster than Kryuko. Kuzmina has cleared at S2 (2,0) but she’s still 6th at present because of her ski speed. Doro is at S2 – she’s 1,1 and out 12th, +55.1. Julia Simon has missed 3 there. Anais Chevalier has joined the 10/10 group and she’s just 4.1 behind Vittozzi. At the finish Kryuko leads from Bescond (0,1) and Dunklee (1,0); Roeiseland (0.1) has taken over the lead but only until Vittozzi (0,0) arrives – she’s 18.1 faster. Kuzmina (2,0) into 4th, but now Vita S has taken over that spot. Chevalier over the line in 2nd, +5.3; currently Vittozzi, Chevalier, Roeiseland on the podium. Hanna Öberg clear at S1, and out in joint 5th, +10.7; Yurlova-P also clear and out +16.0. Kaisa Mäkäräinen at S1 – but she’s missed 3; her form seems to have taken a long Christmas break. Clare Egan (USA; 0,1) over the line in 9th, just behind Dunklee! Lisa Theresa Hauser is 10/10, but +34.7 as she leaves the range; Denise Herrmann has missed 2 here. Hanna Öberg is 10/10 and fractionally faster that Vita S as she leaves the range in 3rd; Yurlova has missed her 10th shot. Aymonier over the line in 8th; Hauser in 10th. Hanna Öberg has made the podium (at present) crossing the line 3rd, 3.1 faster than Marte O-R. That seems to be it – great win for Lisa Vittozzi, ahead of Chevalier and Öberg; Roeiseland in 4th, ahead of Kryuko and Vita Semerenko. Doro W in 24th overall but fastest on the range ahead of Lunder (CAN) and Weidel (GER). Denise Herrmann fastest around the course, ahead of Kuzmina and Vittozzi. Best German - Karo Horchler (0,1) in 34th! Herrmann in 36th despite her 4 penalty loops.

Oberhof – Men’s 10 Km Sprint, 11 Jan: Slightly foggy in some areas, but also windy! So far Johannes Thingnes Bø has won 6 races from 8 held, and all the Sprints! I see Erik Lesser has got the moustache back, and added a beard! At 2 Km Erik is marginally faster than Raman Yaliotnau (BLR), but Henrik L’Abee-Lund has just gone faster; Martin Fourcade has started. Hmm – now it’s snowing as well as being foggy – Artem Pryma first into S1; he’s clear (and very lucky with conditions). Erik Lesser has also cleared S1, and he’s 14.5 faster than Pryma – the crowd seem pleased! L’Abee-Lund has been through S1 – not good grouping and he’s missed his 5th. Tsvetkov has missed 2; Martin Jaeger (SUI) is clear and out 3rd. Emilien Jacquelin clear at S1 and marginally faster than Lesser; Martin F has missed 1 and he was lucky with at least 1 other shot. Alex Loginov is clear at S1 and 9 seconds faster than Jacquelin! The snow seems to be getting much heavier as Pryma comes in for S2 - he’s missed 3. Tarjei Bø clear at S1, with exactly the same time as Loginov; Lesser has missed his 10th shot! JoBø clear at S1 and 11.7 faster than his brother; L’Abee-Lund is 1,1 – so far only Rok Trsan (SLO) is 10/10 but his ski speed isn’t brilliant. Jaeger is 0,3; Jacquelin has missed 1 but Alex Loginov has gone 10/10 and he’s over a minute clear of Lesser. Martin F is clear at S2 but leaves the range 35.9 behind the Russian, and he isn’t catching him on the lap at present. Simon Schempp quite slow into S1 and he’s missed 1 target too. Tarjei has hit the first 4 at S2 – but he broke the rhythm and missed his 10th; JoBø has also missed 1 here which leaves him 14.2 behind Loginov, who is pulling out time against Martin F on the final lap! At 7.4 Km Loginov is now 18.6 ahead. At the finish Loginov is over the line, 47.2 ahead of Fourcade – at 8.6 Km JoBø is 19.6 behind Loginov. Tarjei Bø has lost quite a bit of time to Martin F on the final lap – he was into 3rd, but his brother has just crossed the line in 2nd, 25.2 behind Alex Loginov. So, at present, Loginov, JoBø, Fourcade; then Tarjei, Lesser and L’Abee-Lund. Good run from Felix Leitner (AUT; 0,0) who is into 5th; back at S1 Benedikt Doll is clear and out 4th, +12.6 with Arnd Peiffer 5th, +12.8! Back at the finish Chepelin (0,2) is shown as 6th – initially that looked a bit odd as he was 14th after S2, so he must have flown round the final lap! Actually – he’s lost time compared to Loginov, just not as much as some others! Good run from Lukas Hofer (1,0) – into 5th; back at S2 Simon Eder is 10/10 and out 4 seconds behind Martin F’s time, in 4th. Also at S2, Doll and Peiffer have missed 1 each; Arnd is 0.9 ahead of Fourcade’s time , Benedikt 0.7 behind it. However Seb Samuelsson is 10/10 and out of S2 7.5 seconds behind JoBø. After S2 it’s Loginov, JoBø (+14.2), Samuelsson (+21.7), Peiffer (+35.0), Fourcade (+35.9), Doll (+36.6). At 8.6 Km the 2 Germans are almost together and ahead of Fourcade in 3rd and 4th places – Seb S still to get there though! At the finish Doll is into 3rd, Peiffer in 4th (just 0.5 behind Doll) – both ahead of Martin F! Samuelsson is losing a little time, but probably not enough from the German point of view!? Samuelsson has nicked 3rd, but only by 2 seconds, so he lost over 10 seconds to Doll on the last lap – looks like his podium place might be safe? Commentators are getting a bit excited about Julian Eberhard (1,0) – at 8.6 Km he’s lost a bit against Doll, but he’s gained against Martin F – he crosses the line just ahead of Martin, in 6th. That might well be it – Loginov wins, ahead of JoBø (+25.2), Samuelsson, Doll, Peiffer and Eberhard (+44.5); Martin F in 7th, Tarjei 8th, Hofer 10th and Eder 11th. Yep, that’s how it ended; well done Alex Loginov. Out of 105 on the start list, I can only see 7 perfect shooting scores! Christian Gow (CAN) fastest on the range ahead of Loginov and Dovzan (SLO); JoBø fastest around the tracks, ahead of Loginov, Doll, Peiffer, Martin F and Julian E.

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Biathlon - Oberhof - Pursuits

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 5:15 pm

Oberhof – Women’s 10 Km Pursuit, 12 Jan: Looks a bit windy again, but hopefully not foggy and with no fresh snow! Race is on – there’s a nasty little downhill bend on the course, I see, that might cause a few falls? Vittozzi and Chevalier in for S1 – Vittozzi clear but Chevalier has missed 2, so has Kuzmina and she’s not alone – Vita Semerenko has missed 3 and so has Kaisa. Lisa V leads out, Hanna Öberg has missed 1 but still out 2nd ahead of Roeiseland, Tandrevold (clear; up from 14th), Kryuko and Chevalier. Doro W is clear and up from 24th to 7th! Only 14 of the 60 have hit all 5 at S1; Franziska Preuß was one of the clear shooters and she’s up from 45 to 25 at present. Vittozzi in for S2 and it’s windier – she’s missed the first but got the rest! Doro has also missed her first, and one more; Kryuko has missed 2, Roeiseland 3! Out in order Vittozzi (0,1), Öberg (1,1), Hauser (1,0; up from 11th), Chevalier (2,1 – fast skis??), Aymonier (2,0) and Tandrevold (0,1; +49.5). Kuzmina (2,1) is somehow still 7th, Doro (0,2) in 8th – Yurlova P (0,0) up to 10th, from 28; Preuß (0,0) now up to 11th. Vittozzi is losing a bit of time on the lap, but she’s in for S3 with about 35 seconds in hand – wild miss for the third, but the other 4 are down. Chevalier has missed 2, so have Aymonier and Öberg. Out in order Vittozzi (0,1,1), Wierer (0,2,0; +31.2), Bescond (2,1,0), Kuzmina (2,1,1), Preuß (0,0,1) and Chevalier (2,1,2). Doro has taken a drink and collided with one of the French (Bescond?) – Kuzmina is through to 2nd. Now, what will those falls do to the final shoot – while on that topic Sanfilippo has fallen on that nasty corner. Vittozzi in for the final shoot – she’s cleared the lot, what poise and control! Kuzmina clear and away, but Doro has missed 1 as has Bescond. After the final shoot it’s Vittozzi (0,1,1,0), Kuzmina (2,1,1,0, +20.4), Chevalier (2,1,2,0), Wierer (0,2,0,1), Bescond (2,1,0,1) and Preuß (0,0,1,1). At 8.8 Km Kuzmina has the gap down to 14.3, but it’s 15.1 at 9.5 Km. Chevalier is holding off Doro, who is being closed down by Bescond; Dunklee in 7th despite 5 misses! So, Lisa Vittozzi has done the double and wins the pursuit; Kuzmina 2nd, Chevalier gets the final podium place. Bescond has passed Wierer (5th from 24th) in the final metres and Preuß is in 6th, from 45th at the start. Other gainers are Denise Herrmann (36 to 9), Karo Horchler (34–11), Yurlova (28-14), Haecki (38-17), Vasileva (53-18) and Kaisa Mäkäräinen (44-22; 3,0,0,2). Going the other way the list includes Öberg (3rd to 8th), Roeiseland (4 to 12), Vita Semerenko (6-26), Egan (13-33) and Sanfilippo (15-40; not helped by that fall and 3 misses at S4). Haecki fastest on the range ahead of Sola (BLR) and Doro; Denise Herrmann fastest around the course ahead of Kaisa, Kuzmina, Egan, Aymonier and Chevalier – Dunklee in 7th, ahead of Eckhoff!!

Oberhof – Men’s 12.5 Km Pursuit, 12 Jan: Not helped by the late running GS from Adelboden, and by the lack of a live video on Eurosport with commentary! I see Erik Lesser is among the DNS group. And, it’s snowing hard for this race too, which I joined at S1 – quite a few misses, but JoBø is clear and away. Loginov missed 1 but he’s out in 2nd (+9.8) with Martin Fourcade (clear) in 3rd, +31.5. Doll, Peiffer, Tarjei Bø and Eberhard among those who missed 1; Samuelsson has missed 3 here. Conditions do not look nice; I can see that nasty corner claiming a few more victims! Loginov a little slower than JoBø at this stage, and Martin F has caught him a little. Johannes in for S2 – if TV makes the light look better, then it must be really gloomy there! One miss for JoBø, same for Alex Loginov and Martin F – not sure having someone sweep the mat next to you while you shoot helps! Doll and Eberhard have missed 1 each here but Arnd Peiffer is clear this time. Johannes (0,1) leads out, with Loginov (1,1; +20.7) and Martin F (0,1; +29.5) chasing. Peiffer in 4th, with Lukas Hofer (0,0) making up places and in 5th ahead of Benedikt Doll (+1:00.1) who is only fractionally ahead of Julian Eberhard. On the lap Martin F has caught up with Loginov, but the snow seems to be getting heavier? JoBø in for S3 – 1 miss again; Martin F and Loginov together – Martin clear but Loginov, shooting bit faster has missed 2. Peiffer clear again and the crowd are going wild; Doll and Eberhard have both missed 1! So, after S3, JoBø leads but only by 0.9 from Martin F; Peiffer 3rd (+21.8) and Hofer (15/15 – one of a very select few) in 4th +30.5. Loginov (1,1,2) is now 5th, +48.1, just ahead of Simon Desthieux with Doll (1,1,1) a further 20 seconds back. Peiffer and Hofer are losing time to the 2 leaders, but Hofer is catching the German a little. I can only see 4 perfect scores so far, including Simon Fourcade’s. Coaches looking tense as the 2 leaders come in for the final shoot – Martin faster but he’s missed 2 to JoBø’s 1; Peiffer and Hofer both clear – the Italian has cleared the lot! So, JoBø (0,1,1,1) leads out ahead of Hofer (0,0,0,0; +8.6) and Peiffer (1,0,0,0; + 9.9) – Martin in 4th 22.6 back ahead of Loginov, Desthieux and Doll, who is now 9 seconds or so clear of Eberhard who now has 1 more miss. JoBø has lit the afterburners – I did wonder if he went too early yesterday and decided to keep something back today! At 10.8 Km he’s 21.2 clear and he’s pulled out another 4 seconds by 11.5 Km. Hofer and Peiffer are close, with Martin F in pursuit. JoBø cruises over the line for another win, and Arnd Peiffer has won a very close sprint from Lukas Hofer (who started 10th) to decide the rest of the podium – Martin Fourcade in 4th, ahead of Loginov, Desthieux and Doll. Looks like only Hofer and Rok Trsan have shot the perfect 20 – Rok seems to be a brilliant shot, but he does need much more ski speed – he’s back in 42nd! Among the bigger gainers, obviously Hofer (10 to 3rd), but also Garanichev (21-10), Guigonnat (29-11), Weger (30-12), Simon Fourcade (46-16) and Tsvetkov (56-24). Going backwards, Loginov (1 to 5th), Tarjei Bø (8-13), Leitner (12-19), Landertinger (14-23), Chepelin (16-38) and poor Samuelsson (3rd to 39th, 8 penalty loops). Klemen Bauer fastest on the range, ahead of C Gow, J Eberhard and Guigonnat. Johannes fastest around the course ahead of Martin F, Lukas Hofer and Johannes Kühn.
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Biathlon - Oberhof - Relays

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 13 Jan 2019, 3:02 pm

Oberhof – Women’s 4 x 6 Km Relay, 13 Jan: Ye gods – it’s snowing hard in Oberhof, windy too, and the visibility is nothing to write home about either; no Doro in the Italian team apparently. Very strong looking French team, and they all seemed to be in form in the sprint too (that’s probably cursed them?). Couple fallers already on a relatively easy part of the course – couldn’t see who. Early on Chevalier leads from Vittozzi, Pavlova, and Persson; Hauser has fallen as her ski tip catches the deeper snow, and she’s got lots of snow on the rifle. Pavlova (RUS) has taken over the lead at 1.5 Km, but this early on it’s all very close. In for S1 – looks like a tricky one – lots of missing and Hauser is having trouble with the rifle; rear sight completely blocked. Why haven’t the team had the spare ready – she’s got 5 penalty loops and she’s retired? Lisa Vittozzi has cleared and she leads out, ahead of Charvatova (CZE), Zbylut (POL), and Chevalier (1 spare); Japan and Korea have done 1 penalty loop, Finland 2 loops and Canada 3! Lots of change on the laps, but Vittozzi is still leading as they come in for S2 – Vittozzi has missed 2, France 3, Sweden 2 as well – lots of spares! Vittozzi (2 spares total) leads out, ahead of Kadeva (BUL, 1), Persson (3), Brun-Lie (NOR, 1) – Karo Horchler (3 total) up to 5th after a slow S1, just 1 spare here. Poor Charvatova is on the penalty loop this time and so was Chevalier! Heading to the first exchange Italy lead from Sweden and Germany, then BUL/RUS/SVK. At the exchange ITA/SWE/GER/SVK/RUS/BUL; France up to 8th, Norway 9th despite needing only 1 spare. That deep snow on the corner is causing problems – more fallers including Hildebrand. In for S3 – Gontier with a fair lead over Paulina Fialkova and Brorsson. Italy (Gontier) on the loop, I think, and so are Chevalier and Brorsson? Egan leads out for the USA, ahead of Yordanova (BUL), Franzi H (great recovery after that fall), Tandrevold, Fialkova and Vasileva (RUS). Egan gaining time on the lap, Franzi H up to 2nd with Tandrevold 3rd. S4 – the next standing shoot – wind isn’t easing off! Egan has missed 2 so far but Franzi H is clear and away! Vasileva also clear and out 2nd; it looks as though Italy will be doing 5 penalty loops – Gontier presumably pushing much too hard on the lap? So, after S4 – Franzi H leads, ahead of Vasileva (+13.8), Tandrevold (+38.1), Yordanova, Hojnisz (POL) and Aymonier. Egan and Fialkova doing 1 penalty loop each. Second exchange – more fallers on the way in – Germany lead out ahead of RUS(+14.0)/NOR/FRA (despite 2 loops!)/POL/SVK. Franzi Preuß taking this leg for Germany, ahead of Kuklina, Knotten, Braisaz and Piton. Poor Italy not having a good day – Runggaldier not ready for the exchange! Reid (USA) is the latest faller on that corner; Braisaz has passed Knotten on the lap – that’s 18 seconds made up. Franzi P in for S5; just 1 spare needed. Kuklina has cleared the lot; Knotten needed all 3 spares, Haecki clear and up to 5th. After S5 – GER/RUS/NOR/FRA/SUI/POL. Magnusson (SWE) on the penalty loop. Endless adverts mean we don’t see much of the race after each shoot! Back just in time to see Knotten fall; may have broken the rifle? Franzi P in for her standing shoot – 2 misses and all 3 spares required; same for Braisaz. Haecki is on the penalty loop, Piton has 2 to do. So, after S6 it’s Kuklina, Preuß (+16.6), Braisaz (+1:00.7), Davidova (CZE) and Knotten. Franzi P is catching the Russian on the lap – I’m a bit worried about the concept of Denise Herrmann doing the anchor leg though! Braisaz is also gaining on Kuklina. At the exchange Franzi P is 0.2 ahead, as Herrmann takes over against Yurlova; Braisaz has made up 20 seconds to let Bescond out in 3rd, then CZE/SUI/UKR. At 0.8 Km of this leg Herrmann is 4.7 ahead, Bescond losing a bit, as is Eva Puskarčíková. Right – the final prone shoot, wind has died a lot – Herrmann has cleared the lot; I am, apparently, a Dutchman! Yurlova needed 1 spare but that was very slick and she’s lost almost no time. Eva Puskarčíková clear and out 3rd but Bescond is doing 1 loop. Out in order Herrmann, Yurlova-P (+8.5), Puskarčíková (+1:01.2), Merkushyna (UKR), Eckhoff and Meinen (SUI). Bescond now 7th, +1:44.0. Another faller – a Korean? Denise Herrmann in for the final shoot – massive pressure! She’s missed 2, and 1 more; Yurlova also missing but she’s used 2 spares and she’s away – Denise Herrmann has 2 penalty loops to do. Puskarčíková needed just 1 spare and she’s just out 2nd (+50.8), just 0.4 ahead of Herrmann. Tiril Eckhoff has also used just 1 spare and she’s out 4th, just ahead of Bescond. I think Meinen is on the penalty loop too. Denise is into 2nd and pulling away a bit; Tiril is tracking down Eva Puskarčíková – the gap is just 6.6 seconds at 5.5 Km. Russia (0+8) cruise to a well-deserved win – Yurlova is delighted, Denise Herrmann gets 2nd for Germany (2+10) and Puskarčíková has held off Tiril Eckhoff to get the Czechs (1+6) a podium. Norway (0+9) 4th, ahead of France (3+15) and Slovakia (3+11).

Oberhof – Men’s 4 x 7.5 Km Relay, 13 Jan: It’s looking even mistier/gloomier and it’s warmed up a bit so the snow on the trees is dripping! I see Martin F is taking the anchor leg for France; no Bøs in the Norway team though. The race is on; Erik Lesser (back after a day off yesterday as he’s just become a Dad)in the early lead ahead of Christiansen, Femling (SWE), Bormolini, Guigonnat and Tsvetkov. First time around “that corner”, and at least 2 fallers including Nordgren (USA). In for S1 – USA and Ukraine both in trouble – snow in the rifle after falls? Erik Lesser clear and out just ahead of Christiansen, Rösch (BEL, who has announced that he will retire after Ruhpolding), Bormolini, Tsvetkov and Sima (SVK, +4.2) – all using no spares. Nordgren ended up using just 2 spares but Pryma (UKR) has done 3 penalty loops. In for S2 – Lesser out after 1 spare, ahead of Guigonnat (1) and Tsvetkov (0). Rösch (0) in 4th ahead of Moravec (1) and Christiansen (2); Femling, Sima and T Eberhard on the penalty loop; Sinapov (BUL) has done 2 loops. It’s getting foggier as they head to exchange 1 – leading group of 4 setting a good pace – it’s FRA/GER/RUS/CZE (+1.7), then NOR/BEL/ITA/SVK (+1:09.0). Simon Desthieux leads Schempp, Garanichev, Krcmar and Birkeland. Leading 4 close together, Birkeland about 12 seconds back. More fallers – Yeremin (KAZ) this time and he’s broken a ski. In for S3 – Schempp has 1 target left and 1 spare – he’s missed it and he’s on the penalty loop! Garanichev out first ahead of Desthieux (+3.3) – both clear this time, then Krcmar (+11.3), and Birkeland (+17.9). Schempp is out 5th (+1:01.7) but with Lukas Hofer (1 spare this time) right on his heels. Hofer just through at 4 Km; France leading Russia in for S4 – good gap. Garanichev clear and away; Desthieux on the penalty loop; so is Krcmar! Garanichev leads out, ahead of Birkeland (+30.8), Desthieux (+42.4), Krcmar (+58.3) Nelin and Eder. Schempp needed all 3 spares this time but stayed off the loop, but he’s 9th, +1:47.2. At exchange 2 Russia (Malyshko) have a 32.1 gap to Norway (Bjøntegaard) with France (QFM, +38.2) in third. Then CZE/SWE/ITA/AUT/SUI. Schempp is having an awful day – he’s lost time on that lap too, so Arnd Peiffer has a gap of over 2 minutes as he leaves in 11th place for his leg. The track team are putting salt on the corner to try and firm up the softer snow – not sure they are succeeding? Belarus and Canada have fallen this time. Malyshko in for his first shoot – just 1 miss, and he’s cleared it with 1 spare. Bjøntegaard and QFM have missed 2 each – Norway out but QFM has needed all 3 spares. Malyshko out ahead of Bjøntegaard (+49.8), QFM (+1:12.1), Stenersen (SWE), Montello (ITA) and Stvrtecky (CZE, +1:28.7); Peiffer seems to have used all 3 spares and is now 2:29.8 behind, still in 11th. More fallers on this lap including Poland. Malyshko in for his standing shoot; 1 spare and away before anyone else is on the range. Bjøntegaard is missing, QFM clear and out. Norway on the penalty loop, and so is Arnd Peiffer. Malyshko leads away ahead of QFM (+1:04.3), Bjøntegaard, Landertinger, Stenersen and Dolder (SUI). Peiffer is still 11th, but now over 3 minutes adrift – German men having a very bad day. On the way to the final exchange Stenersen is really losing time. At the line, Loginov is away on the final leg with over a minute in hand – so far the Russians have only used 2 spares! Martin F is +1:11.4 behind, L’Abee-Lund is +1:38.3, then AUT/CZE/ITA/SUI/SLO. Germany in 10th but (2+13) and almost 3 minutes back; some of the fans are leaving! Julian Eberhard isn’t catching L’Abee-Lund at present. Loginov is already in for S7 – 2 spares and he’s away and that was pretty fast considering. Martin F fast, clear and away – gap now down to 48.1 seconds. L’Abee-Lund has used all 3 spares; he’s out 4th, behind Eberhard; Doll used 1 spare and he’s 9th, but 6 seconds behind Samuelsson, who he passed on the lap. Russians seem to be celebrating already, as Alex Loginov comes in for his final shoot – very rushed but he missed 2 – 2 spares and away. Martin F clear and out +41.7; now, who will be taking the final podium place? Julian Eberhard out after using 2 spares but Henrik L’Abee-Lund is on the penalty loop. After the last shoot – Loginov, Fourcade, Eberhard, Krupcik (CZE), Windisch, L’Abee-Lund. Now, Eberhard has fallen, but he’s up quickly. At 6.5 Km Eberhard is about 21 seconds ahead of Krupcik, who is about 9 seconds clear of Windisch who is barely ahead of Samuelsson and L’Abee-Lund! Loginov doing a telemark turn on the nasty corner as he cruises to Russia’s second win of the day. France 2nd, ahead of Austria. Krupcik has held on to 4th, ahead of Sweden, Italy and Norway. Germany only 8th, 2+17, which I think is just the worst shooting of the day amongst the finishers (Norway 2+16; Bulgaria were 6+14 when they were lapped!)?
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