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Post by Bleausardv2 Mon 24 Oct 2022, 12:04 am

Season Opener:

Sölden – Women’s GS, 22 Oct 22: Well, that’s a great start to the season – the women’s GS is cancelled; there was some rain overnight and then wet snow! Apparently the first men’s downhill of the season, next weekend, has also been cancelled?

Sölden – Men’s GS, 23 Oct 22:  Run 1 – Seems Alexis Pinturault will be the one to get the new season started, on a course set by a Norwegian coach! It’s a much nicer day there than it is here – some blue sky and the course looks in good condition – Pinturault safely down; new coach, new skis, new season. Manu Feller next away and he’s nicely green at inter 1; he’s lost a tiny bit but still 0.13 green at the finish. Marco Odermatt is fractionally green at inter 1 but a massive 0.60 at 2 – he leads by 0.89 at the finish – what an amazing run! Henrik Kristoffersen is also on new skis, but these are designed by Marcel Hirscher!  He’s into 3rd, but +0.95.  Good run from Zan Kranjec, despite a rather low key commentary he’s into 2nd, +0.69. Lucas Braathen had his first World Cup win here – he’s into 2nd today, +0.41, and nicely set for run 2? Luca de Aliprandini has skied out; Filip Zubcic only into 7th.  The new FIS site is good – full detail of the sector times [and/or inters & speed], which shows how dominant Odermatt was in sector 2 – the closest to him was Kranjec, who was just 3 hundredths off the pace on that sector. McGrath and Faivre both rather off the pace here; Loic Meillard is nicely green at inter 1 but he’s lost over a second on sector 2 to go 4th, +0.81.  Alex Schmid only 10th; River Radamus has lost both arm guards – into 11th. Caviezel into 12th; Erik Read has taken over that place and it’s TV break time. At present Odermatt leads from Braathen and Kranjec; then Meillard, Feller and Kristoffersen. Temperatures are rising and the course is getting a little rutted – no one from the next group has got into the top 10. Stefan Luitz is the second DNF; interesting to see Aleksander Aamodt Kilde here today with bib 31 – and he’s not the only speed specialist here either!  Kilde’s into 21st, +2.19; Matthias Mayer a DNF, Kriechmayr into 24th! That’s a good run from Alex Steen Olsen [NOR] into 17th, given the conditions now; the highest bib number in the top 20 by a good margin. Sadly Charlie Raposo, also on Hirscher [Van Deer?] skis, can only manage 48th.  That’s run 1 over – no change to the top 6 since the first TV break. Nice to see Kilde, Kriechmayr and Tommy Ford in the list for run 2!
Run 2:  I think the course was set by an Italian coach, but the sound faded just at the crucial moment – yes; apparently more offset this time?  Trevor Philp is first away and safely down. Stefan Hadalin, back in good health, has gained time to inter 1 and more to 2 – he leads by 0.42. Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen [henceforth L K N-H] into 2nd; Tommy Ford into the lead by 0.22. Big error from Kriechmayr but he has finished. Victor Muffat-Jeandet into 3rd; Kilde has gained a lot to inter 1 but he’s out – no points today. That’s 10 away – Ford leads from Hadalin and Victor M-J. Thibaut Favrot into 3rd; that’s 8 places Ford has gained, and the course continues to frustrate the later starters. Marco Schwarz was 0.73 green at the start but he’s only 5th, +0.52 – Ford has now gained 12 places! Erik Read is 0.89 ahead at the start but he too is red by inter 2 and ends up 8th after a massive error. At last – Rasmus Windingstad is barely green at inter 3 and he holds on to take the lead by just 0.05! Alex Schmid has gained to inter 1, still just green at 3 but he’s lost time to the finish – into 3rd. That’s disappointing for Pinturault – just 13th at present. McGrath isn’t much better – into 12th – that piste really has made life difficult for the later starters.  Henrik Kristoffersen, who hasn’t had the best history at this venue,  has gained to inter 1, lost a bit to 2, steady to 3 and he takes the lead by just 0.14. Oh dear, Manu Feller into 12th; Loic Meillard better in 4th after a superb final sector. Zan Kranjec still marginally green at inter 3 and he has the best time over the final sector too, to lead by 0.21. Just 2 to go; Lucas Braathen into the red at inter 2 but a great final sector – he’s into 3rd. Marco Odermatt on course – 0.69 in hand as he starts – he’s gained a little to inter 1 and he’s really pushing, this is not a run for points! He’s 0.79 green at inter 3 and he takes the win by a massive 0.76. What a run; Odermatt wins with Kranjec 2nd and Kristoffersen 3rd – the first podium for the Van Deer team! Braathen in 4th ahead of Windingstad; and all credit to Tommy Ford who ended up 6th, gaining 20 places and with the best time on run 2.
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Post by Bleausardv2 Mon 07 Nov 2022, 5:01 pm

Sadly the cancellations continue - with the women's race at Sölden already off, we have since had two speed races at Zermatt-Cervinia cancelled and now the parallel event at Lech/Zuers scheduled for 12 November has joined them. Hopefully the two women's slaloms planned for Levi on 19/20 November will have better luck - fingers crossed!
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Post by Lowlandbrit Mon 07 Nov 2022, 6:28 pm

Happened to catch the opening to the ski jumping season - on bright green mats because it's still so warm (all I could think was "do they not make those in white?").

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Post by Bleausardv2 Sat 19 Nov 2022, 1:23 pm

Levi – Women’s Slalom, 19 Nov 22: I joined run 1 a little late, with Lena Dürr in the lead, ahead of Anna Swenn Larsson [+0.45], Mikaela Shiffrin [+0.55] and Petra Vlhova [+0.57!]. Two DNFs so far, Michelle Gisin and Paula Moltzan. Quite foggy on the hill; Swenn Larsson with bib 12 is the highest start number in the top 6, Martina Dubovska [CZE; bib 16] highest in the top 10, currently in joint 9th.  Maria Theresa Tviberg has joined the DNFs – hope she’s OK. Good run from Thea Louise Stjernesund [bib 24] into 8th – a good effort. Charlie Guest [GBR, bib 25] has done even better – she’s joint 7th after a very impressive sector 4. Another good run – Zrinka Ljutic [CRO, bib 28], the world junior champion, into 7th! Despite the ruts there are still some really impressive efforts – Hanna Aronsson Elfman [SWE, bib 36] into 8th, pushing Guest down another place into joint 9th. Sadly Alex Tilley is a DNF. Run 1 over – no late changes to the top 6, last change to top 10 was Elfman into 8th.
Run 2: I had to be out – expected to be back in time but I must have messed up the times? Sadly it was all over and all I got to see was the re-run of the top 3! Must pay more attention, although I will probably have to be out tomorrow for run 1, weather permitting. The early bad news was that both Zrinka Ljutic and Charlie Guest who made such a good showing on  run 1 were the only 2 DNFs on run 2! As we moved on to the final 4 [in reverse order] Petra Vlhova took over the lead with a run that had her in the green all the way. There was some discussion that the race setter, from Slovakia [?] should have set a course that suited her more rather than something very similar to run 1 which all the competitors were ready for? Mikaela Shiffrin promptly went one better and took over the lead by 0.20, 0.18 of which was from run 2. That just left Anna SL and Lena Dürr – the Swede was 0.26 slower than Shiffrin on run 2, but her small advantage from run 1 was enough to get her into 2nd, ahead of Vlhova by just 0.04! Lena Dürr was well off the pace on run two - +1.30 on Shiffrin’s time, but that was enough to keep her in 4th, ahead of Wendy Holdener and Ana Bucik. Sara Hector was 7th, ahead of Stjernesund, Aronsson Elfman and Popovic.

Levi – Women’s Slalom, 20 Nov 22: Run 1, set by a Canadian coach – which I joined with Mikaela Shiffrin leading and just as Anna Swenn Larsson skied out! Shiffrin was fastest on 3 of the 4 sectors and leads Wendy Holdener by 0.21. That’s another very neat run from Lena Dürr, very quick in sector 3 and she’s into 2nd, +0.07. Petra Vlhova next and green at inter 2 and 3 but slower in sector 4 and into 3rd, +0.10 – all very close for run 2!! Sara Hector into 5th, with a very quick sector 3; currently Shiffrin is still fastest on sectors 1 and 4, Anna SL best on sector 2 but a DNF, Dürr best in sector 3. Martina Dubovska very good in sector 2 but then lost time to go 9th; Leon Popovic [CRO] into 7th. Fifteen away – Shiffrin leads from Dürr, Vlhova and Holdener. Paula Moltzan into 9th from bib 16; Thea Louise Stjernesund nicely in touch at inter 2 and 3 but she’s lost a little in sector 4 to go 5th, +0.35. At that stage I had to go out!
Run 2: Back in time for the crucial part of run 2, joining just as Paula Moltzan hit a nasty bump and fell. At present it’s Laurence St-Germain who leads from Hanna Aronsson Elfman and Mina Fuerst Holtmann. Ten to go – Leona Popovic [CRO] has gained a little to inter 2 and she’s green all the way; she leads by 0.39. Katharina Liensberger in touch and into 2nd; Zrinka Ljutic next and green to inter 2, red at 3 but a strong finish to go 2nd – Croatia in 1st and 2nd! Sara Hector next on a course set by her coach - barely green at 2 but better by 3 and she takes over the lead by 0.20. Thea Louise Stjernesund gained early on but she’s lost time from inter 2, only 6th; Wendy Holdener has more than doubled her advantage to inter 1, even better at inter 2, nearly a second ahead at 3 and she leads by a massive 1.14! That was an amazing run! Petra Vlhova next, with 0.11 in hand as she starts – just red at 1 and 2 but redder at 3 and she’s into 2nd, +0.40. Lena Dürr on the slope and already red at inter 1; she’s lost a bit more and she’s into 3rd, +0.69. Just Mikaela Shiffrin to come – Holdener guaranteed at least 2nd place, her 30th podium! Shiffrin has lost a little to inter 1 and 2, but still green at 3 and again very strong in the final two sectors – she takes the win by 0.28, superb stuff! I do feel for Wendy Holdener though; still no win! So, Mikaela Shiffrin takes her second win of the weekend, ahead of Wendy Holdener and Petra Vlhova. Lena Dürr in 4th, ahead of Sara Hector and Leona Popovic. Sadly both Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley were DNFs on run 1.
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Alpine Skiing and  Biathlon 2022/23 Empty Alpine - Lake Louise & Killington - 25-27 Nov

Post by Bleausardv2 Sun 27 Nov 2022, 10:40 am

Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Men’s Downhill,  25 Nov 22: First of the North American events this season – 67 starters, with bib 67 being Roy-Alexander Steudle [GBR]!  Not good – the weather isn’t playing so the race has been rescheduled for tomorrow!

Killington [Superstar] – Women’s GS, 26 Nov: Run 1, a shortened course, set by an Italian coach – I arrived a tiny bit late – just as Ragnhild Mowinckel [bib 3] took over the lead from Petra Vlhova. Marta Bassino into 3rd, +0.21 and now it’s Mikaela Shiffrin – she’s off the pace today though, slower in all 3 sectors and she’s 0.98 off Mowinckel’s time. Sara Hector on course and she’s 0.23 green at inter 2 – she leads by 0.38, fastest in sector 2. Tessa Worley into 5th, ahead of Shiffrin; Val Grenier out. Lara Gut-Behrami in touch – she’s into 3rd, +0.43; it’s getting windier and Coralie Frasse Sombet has caught an edge – she’s out but seems OK. A pause while the gate is repaired and then it’s Michelle Gisin; into 9th. Ramona Siebenhofer into 9th; then Stjernesund goes 8th. Not over yet – Katharina Liensberger into 6th, +0.94; good run from Ricarda Haaser [bib 19] too – into 8th, just ahead of Shiffrin. Ana Bucik has taken over 9th from Shiffrin; Alex Tilley has skied out. That’s a good run from Clara Direz – bib 35 and into 11th!  That was about it for run 1 – Hector leads by 0.38 from Mowinckel with Gut-Behrami 3rd. Vlhova in 4th ahead of Bassino and Liensberger with Shiffrin 10th.
Run 2: Again, a little late – I joined as Maryna Gasienica-Daniel takes the lead from Roberta Melesi. This run set by an Austrian coach. Massive moment from Simone Wild after inter 2, on a tricky part of the course – she did well to finish! Wendy Holdener gained to inter 1 and was still nicely green at 2 but a slow final sector and she’s only 4th. It’s a similar story from Ramona Siebenhofer – green at inter 2 and into 3rd; that final sector is a real test, it seems! Federica Brignone has gained to inter 1, more to 2 but she’s gone from -0.53 at inter 2 to +0.05 at the finish – into 2nd.  Thea Louise Stjernesund is another who was green at 2 but red at the finish – she’s 3rd, +0.24; Clara Direz also green at 2 but she’s skied out with 2 gates to go! Mikaela Shiffrin has lost time to inter 1, dead level at 2 but she’s 0.50 adrift at the finish, in 6th.  Ana Bucik has fallen but she’s OK; at last, Tessa Worley has just held on – 0.51 green at 1 but just 0.06 green at the finish but that’s good enough to take over the lead. Katharina Liensberger has gained a lot from inter 1 to 2 despite the wind getting up, and a few errors and she takes over the lead by 0.29 – great run! It’s windy! Marta Bassino has had an amazing final sector, gaining 0.36 there to take the lead by 0.48! Petra Vlhova just red at inter 2, and she’s into 2nd +0.39. Lara Gut-Behrami green at 1, slightly greener at 2 and she’s maybe been lucky with the wind – she takes over the lead by 0.07 – good run! Ragnhild Mowinckel into the red at inter 1 and the wind is really gusting and an issue further down the hill – she’s 5th. Sara Hector has 0.43 in hand as she starts, but it’s almost gone by inter 1 – just red at 2 and she’s into 3rd, +0.20! That’s it – Lara Gut-Behrami gets her 35th world cup win, ahead of Marta Bassino and Sara Hector. Vlhova in 4th ahead of Liensberger and Mowinckel – the inflatable podium has blown away, which shows how windy it was! Roberta Melesi, who was 29th in run 1 gained 18 places in run 2 to finish 11th, just ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin. Good race!


Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Men’s Downhill,  26 Nov 22: Carried over from yesterday when the weather wasn’t suitable! Right – speed time! The light isn’t too good but apparently there is a 2 hour window before the snow comes back?  Romed Baumann is the first on course – he knows this area well, and he’s safely down. Otmar Striedinger is well in touch to inter 3, but a couple errors have cost him time – he’s +0.56. Dominik Schwaiger nicely green at inter 3 but then red again at 4 – he’s into 2nd. Another German – Thomas Dressen – on course, and he too was green at 3, red at 4 and 5 but fast to finish and he leads by 0.11 – good result on a comeback from injury! Bryce Bennett off the pace and 5th; Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has been here 13 times but without a downhill podium – he’s 0.97 ahead at inter 5 and he leads by a massive 1.02! Ryan Cochrane-Siegle into 3rd, but +1.12. Daniel Hemetsberger green at inter 3 and 4 and still green at 5 – he’s 2nd by just 0.06 – great run!  Matthias Mayer green at 3, just green at 4 and just red at 5 – he’s into 3rd. Niels Hintermann apparently had a nasty fall in training but he’s in touch – he’s over the line in 4th. Vincent Kriechmayr about half a second off the pace early on as the wind gusts; he’s recovered a little to inter 3 but then it’s going redder again and he’s 8th.  Marco Odermatt is flying and he’s green all the way to inter 5 – slower in sectors 5 and 6 to cross the line in 3rd, +0.10. Dominik Paris into the nets but up and seems to be unhurt; he’s waiting for his ski which seemed to release early? Beat Feuz next and green by inter 3, red at 4 and 5 but fast through the final speed gun – he’s 5th. Johan Clarey into 6th.  That’s 20 away – Kilde leads from Hemetsberger and Odermatt, then Mayer, Feuz and Clarey. Good efforts from Matthieu Bailet [bib 28] into 15th, and Simon Jocher [bib 29] into 16th; Mattia Casse [30] into 19th. Very impressive run from Miha Hrobat [bib 52] into 16th! So, well done Kilde – a great start to the season – no late changes to the top 10!

Killington [Superstar] – Women’s Slalom, 27 Nov: Run 1 – set by a Norwegian coach, and Emma seems impressed! Katharina Liensberger is first away and working hard on the steep – she’s safely down. Next up [or down, I suppose] is Mikaela Shiffrin, as you can tell from the crowd noise – she’s green all the way and leads by 0.22, although she was slightly slower on sectors 3 and 4. Lena Dürr a little off the pace, red all the way and into 3rd, +0.65. Next is Petra Vlhova – red at inter 1, redder at 2 and into 3rd, +0.31. Wendy Holdener is just green at inter 2, just red at 3 and into 2nd, +0.21; best in sector 2 so far. Anna Swenn Larsson into 5th; she’s the highest bib number in the top 6 and it’s staying that way at present. That’s 15 away – Shiffrin leads from Holdener and Liensberger; Vlhova 4th ahead of Anna SW and Lena Dürr. Paula Moltzan is not having a good season so far – she’s fallen but has finished – sadly that lost enough time to make a second run unlikely. Maria Therese Tviberg [bib 24] into 10th – the highest bib in the top 10. Charlie Guest into 24th – maybe a 2nd run, but +3.37 is a lot? No – no 2nd run today. And, Alex Tilley is a DNF. That’s run 1 over – no late changes to the top 10.
Run 2: This course was set by Wendy Holdener’s personal coach!! Franziska Gritsch is first away on run 2 – looked good and she’s seen off the next three skiers! Melanie Meillard in 2nd and Marta Rossetti has just gone into 3rd. Michelle Gisin has 0.43 in hand as she starts but most has gone by inter 1 and she’s over a second off the pace by 2 – not her day! Nastasia Noens still just green at inter 3 but she’s lost time from there to go 2nd; not for long though as Hanna Aronsson Elfman has taken over that spot, +0.41. This course, and the snow surface, are causing problems – Gritsch still leads and she’s now gained 12 places! Amelia Smart into 4th; we’re half way and Gritsch leads from Elfman and Noens. Zrinka Ljutic started well but an error has cost her time – into 4th; Thea Louise Stjernesund was still nicely green at inter 3 but she too has lost a lot of time on the final sector to go into 4th. Ali Nullmeyer starts with 1.51, but she’s barely in the green at inter 3 and into 5th! That’s 18 places that Gritsch has gained – the “Gritsch that stole slalom”? Sara Hector into 2nd, +0.37; Maria Therese Tviberg has done it – but by just 0.04 despite a huge advantage at the start! Leona Popovic into 3rd; Katharina Truppe has gained to inter 1 and 2 and still nicely green at 3, she’s got better light too – she leads by 0.47! Ana Bucik has flat light again, into 3rd; Gritsch off the podium. Lena Dürr gained to inter 1 but then a massive error – she has finished but in 24th. Anna Swenn Larsson has gained to 1 but she’s wide – great recovery though and she leads by 0.22! Four to go – Petra Vlhova next and she’s just red at inter 1 as the mist comes in – she’s lost time in the final sector to go 3rd, +0.44. Katharina Liensberger is already red at inter 2 and she’s out. Wendy Holdener has gained a good amount from inter 1 to 2 – still just green at 3 and at the finish it’s a dead heat – she ties with Anna SW; neither have yet had a slalom win! Just Mikaela Shiffrin to come – 0.38 in hand – it’s down to 0.04 at inter 2 and she’s red at 3 and into 5th – she hasn’t lost here in years but today it’s Swenn Larsson and Holdener who eventually get a slalom win! Truppe in 3rd, Vlhova 4th, Shiffrin 5th and Tviberg 6th. No wonder Wendy Holdener is so happy – at last, a win, even if she is sharing it with an equally delighted Anna Swenn Larsson.

Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Men’s Super G, 27 Nov 22: Joined a little late after watching the slalom and trying to fit in the evening meal! Romed Baumann has just taken over the lead from Dominik Paris; Alexis Pinturault in the start hut and looking really good – green all the way, fastest in sector 3 and he leads by 0.24. Great recovery by Justin Murisier, but that’s dropped him to 5th – the weather is deteriorating! Marco Odermatt green and gaining; fastest in sectors 2, 3 and 5 to lead by a massive 1.39! Nice run from Stefan Rogentin to go second but he’s 1.31 behind Odermatt! Nasty fall for Mauro Caviezel, only just back from injury – sadly it doesn’t look good. The helo is on its way but the good news is that Mauro is standing up, although looking rather cut and bruised. At present Marco Odermatt leads from Rogentin, Pinturault, Baumann, Paris and Giezendanner. Race is back on, but the forecast isn’t good! Next to go is Matthias Mayer – not so lucky with the light which is really flat but he’s into 2nd, +0.78 – a pretty impressive effort given the conditions and his long wait. Raphael Haaser into 5th; Aleksander Aamodt Kilde next – slightly green at inter 1, slightly red at 2; less red at 3 and definitely still in touch at 4 – he’s into 2nd, +0.37. Bit unlucky with the weather but he seems happy with that. Vincent Kriechmayr into 4th; Beat Feuz next and relatively slow through the first speed gun – and the second – just 11th. Ryan C-S also having snags with the light [?], he goes into 11th; a better run from James [Jack] Crawford into 6th, just 0.02 behind Rogentin. I can only wonder what Gino Caviezel is going through – on course at the moment and into 13th, safely down and fastest through the final speed gun! Sejersted living dangerously and he’s skied out; Andreas Sander in touch and he’s into 5th, +1.16. Matthieu Bailet has gone into joint 5th with Sander; Nils Allegre has gone 7th. TV break – Odermatt leads from Kilde, Mayer, Kriechmayr with Bailet and Sander tied in 5th. No late changes to the top 6, but an amazing late charge by Daniel Hemetsberger, from bib 48, got him into 7th place! Also worthy of mention are Guglielmo Bosca [ITA, bib 44] into 11th, Brodie Seger [CAN, 37] into 13th, Johan Clarey [FRA, 39] into 16th and Henrik von Appen [CHI 41] into 18th! Great result for Odermatt, with Kilde and Mayer also on the podium – should be an interesting battle for the Overall this season?


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Post by Bleausardv2 Wed 30 Nov 2022, 12:04 pm

Men's 20 Km Individual, 29 Nov: Sadly this one, on a working day at lunchtime, clashed with a busy schedule as far as I was concerned, and a train cancellation alter in the afternoon didn't help either! Suffice to say that Martin Ponsiluoma [SWE], who missed only 1 target in the first standing shoot, managed to beat the clean shooting  Niklas Hartweg [SUI] by 37.2 seconds with David Zobel [GER], who also cleared all 20 targets, in 3rd place - his first podium at this level of competition.  Hartweg and Zobel were the only 2 competitors to clear all 20 targets in a competition that penalises every miss with a full minute penalty! Roman Rees [GER 0,0,1,0] was 4th ahead of Seb Samuelsson [SWE 0,1,0,0] and Sturla Holm Laegreid [NOR 0,0,0,2].  JoBø with 4 misses was 12th, and Quentin Fillon Maillet [FRA 2,0,0,0] was 15th! Full IBU report is HERE

Women's 15 Km Individual, 30 Nov 22: Some bad news - not sure why but Franzi Preuß will not be starting today. More bad news is that the race doesn’t seem to be on Eurosport. Luckily the IBU stream is live – Doro Wierer first away! Pat and Mike back on good form, these hills are apparently vicious. Doro Wierer at the first prone shoot – all clear! Linn Persson also clear and out +3.9; Mari Eder clear and 5 seconds faster than Doro. Anais Chevalier-Bouchet the first to miss 1 at S1; Vanessa Voight clear, as is Denise Herrmann-Wick, out 2nd +4.5. The race is barely 15 minutes old, and already we have had a commentary mention of Ole Einar! Great shooting from Elvira Öberg – all down at S1 and out 12.1 ahead. Doro is at the first standing shoot – very quick but she’s missed 1 here. Elisa Gasparin clear at S2, as is Persson and she’s 24 seconds faster. Mari Eder has also cleared the first 10, and she leads after S2 at present by 15.8 seconds. Poor Anais C-B has missed 2 more; back at S1 her sister Chloe is clear and just 7.7 seconds behind Elvira. Marketa Davidova also clear at S1 and out fractionally behind Eder. At S2 Denise H-W is clear and 4.1 behind Eder; back at S1 Hannah Öberg clear and 5 seconds faster than her sister; they really are amazingly strong! On the subject of Elvira she has missed 1 at S2; out 6th +43.2. Lisa Theresa Hauser has missed 2 at S2; Doro clear at S3. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold clear at S1 and in touch; Linn Persson is 15/15! Disaster for Eder – she’s missed 3 at S3; did she get the wind wrong? Chloe Chevalier has missed 1 at S2; so has Davidova. That’s good shooting – Vanessa Voight also 15/15 but 24 seconds behind Persson; Denise H-W has missed 1 there as well. Back at S2 Hanna Öberg is 10/10 and 24.7 ahead of Eder there, although that’s a little academic now. Elvira has missed another one at S3; Julia Simon also 10/10 and out from S2 in 4th. Doro has slowed her shooting at S4 and it hasn’t worked – 3 misses! Tandrevold 15/15 and out 19.2 behind Persson after S3; Persson has just missed 2 at S4 but still in touch with Elisa Gasparin who missed 1 at S4. Denise H-W has missed 1 at S4 [0,0,1,1] - Voight is clear and away; but Hanna Öberg is 15/15 and over a minute ahead of Tandrevold and Voight there! Elvira has missed her last shot [0,1,1,1]; Julia Simon 15/15 but almost a minute back on Hannah Öberg. That’s a good set of shoots – Tandrevold also 20/20 and out 26.8 ahead of Voight. However – Hannah has enough in hand to miss at least 1 at S4 and Tandrevold has lost a little time to Voight at 13.3 Km. Davidova [0,1,0,1] out from S4 about 8 seconds ahead of Denise H-W, who also had 2 misses. Hannah has missed 1 at S4 but still leads out by 29.2 ahead of Tandrevold. That’s good after last season’s woes, Lisa Vittozzi [1,0,0,0] out from S4 in 3rd. Looking at S1 Stina Nilsson is clear and in touch; at S4 Julia Simon has also missed 1 and she’s out 5th over a minute back on Hannah. Lotte Lie [BEL] also 20/20 and over the finish line in 5th, just behind Elvira! However, at 14.4 Km Hannah is well clear of Tandrevold; Vittozzi comfortably ahead of Voight and Denise H-W. Back at S2 Stina Nilsson has missed 1, and another at S3. At present Hannah Öberg leads at the finish, 36.5 ahead of Tandrevold despite having 1 miss to Tandrevold’s 20/20; Vittozzi in 3rd which should do wonders for her morale! It’s snowing quite hard now, which is not a help for those still on track. I missed her on the way round but that’s a good effort from Sophia Schneider [GER 1,1,0,0] – over the line in 11th at present ahead of Persson who also had 2 misses. Similar story for Lou Jeanmonnot [FRA bib 70; 0,1,0,0] into 12th. That’s it – Hannah Öberg gets a very dominant win despite 1 miss, ahead of Tandrevold and Vittozzi. Vanessa Voight in 4th ahead of Simon and Herrmann-Wick. Elvira Öberg somehow still in the top 10 despite 3 misses – she was 9th; amazing speed! Anais C-B in 30th, Hauser 32nd, Doro back in 38th! Interesting race.

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Alpine Skiing and  Biathlon 2022/23 Empty Biathlon - Kontiolahti, Relays

Post by Bleausardv2 Thu 01 Dec 2022, 3:07 pm

Kontiolahti – Relays: Sadly I was out for both relays, on a busy day, and they don’t seem to feature on the Eurosport videos – just a very brief sequence of the finish! In the men’s raceHERE. Norway were victorious – using 7 spares in all. The team of Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, Sturla Holm Laegreid, Tarjei and Johannes Thingnes Bø won by 43.9 seconds after a stunning final leg by JoBø. The German team of Strelow, Kühn, Doll and Rees was second, with 8 spares ahead of France [Perrot, Fabien Claude, Jaquelin and QFM]. Austria were 4th, then the Czech Republic and Finland. The full IBU article is HERE.

No great surprises in the women’s race – Elvira Öberg, with her typical powerful skiing, anchored the Swedish team of Linn Persson, Anna Magnusson and Hanna Öberg to a 1:14:59.8 win in the first women’s 4 X 6 km relay of the season this afternoon in Kontiolahti. The Swedish foursome used six spare rounds to give Sweden its third victory in the first four competitions of the new BMW IBU World Cup season. Germany [Weidel, Schneider, Voight & Hermann-Wick], with a fast final loop by Denise Herrmann-Wick finished second, 28.1 seconds back. Norway [Knotten, Lien, Femsteinevik & Tandrevold], with three spares finished third, 31.5 seconds back. France were 4th, ahead of Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The full IBU article is here
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Alpine Skiing and  Biathlon 2022/23 Empty Biathlon - Kontiolahti, Sprints

Post by Bleausardv2 Sat 03 Dec 2022, 2:03 pm

Kontiolahti – Men’s 10 Km Sprint, 3 Dec: There was so much on today that I wasn’t going to be able to see it all – the event that failed to qualify was this sprint! After the first shoot JoBø was clear and the fastest away from the range, 12.0 ahead of Filip Fjeld Andersen, Seb Samuelsson [+12.4] and Sturla Holm Laegreid [+14.6] – all clear there. After S2 it was still JoBø who was fastest, despite 1 miss; Laegreid shot clear but was already 2.8 seconds slower! Roman Rees was also 10/10 and out 3rd, ahead of Jacquelin, Samuelsson and Andersen who all missed 1 in the standing shoot. JoBø seems to be on really blinding form – despite that 1 miss he finished 10.5 ahead of Laegreid with Rees in 3rd, +28.8. Samuelsson was 4th, ahead of Jacquelin and Andersen – 3 Norwegians in the top 6! Odd to see QFM back in 14th, +1:16.3 with only 1 miss?

Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint, 3 Dec: Once again this didn’t seem to be on Eurosport? Over to the IBU live feed, which at present has no commentary – 95 starters today. Ah, Mike is back, but not Patrick – who is with him instead?! Anyway, Karoline Offigstad Knotten first away – a quite gentle start on this course but it bites later. At 1.9 Km it’s Lisa Vittozzi who is the early leader; Knotten already at S1 – clear and away. Vittozzi has missed her first shot – rest clear and out but she’s 21.2 behind Knotten. Chloe Chevalier also clear at S1 and just 0.5 slower than Knotten; Elisa Gasparin clear and in touch. Doro Wierer was a bit off the pace at 1.9 Km but she’s clear at S1 and 2.3 ahead of Knotten as she leaves the range – that was fast shooting! Vanessa Voight clear at S1 as well and out +5.8; Paulina Batovska Fialkova clear and out neck and neck with Chevalier, who has just missed 2 at S2. Knotten is in for S2 – she’s missed the last 2; back at S1 Denise Herrmann-Wick is clear and out just ahead of Doro. Vittozzi clear at S2, which could get her back in contention. Julia Simon clear at S1 and out 3rd; Emma Lunder the only one 10/10 at present but just 2 seconds ahead of Vittozzi. Doro has also missed 1 at S2 and out 3rd, +8.5; 6.5 slower than Vittozzi . Rats – Vanessa Voight has missed her final shot! At S1 Lisa Theresa Hauser is clear and well up with Denise H-W; Marketa Davidova also clear and in touch. More rats – Denis H-W has also missed 1 at S2 and she’s behind both Vittozzi and Wierer, +14.2 behind Lunder. At S1 Hanna Öberg has missed 1 but Mari Eder is clear and out +1.6; at S2 Julia Simon has missed 2. Elvira Ö has also missed her last shot at S1; David ova has missed 2 in the stand. At the finish Vittozzi [1,0] leads from Lunder 0,0], with Denise H-W [0,1] over the line 3rd, ahead of Doro [0,1]. Odd, Hanna Öberg shooting fast at S2 but she’s missed the last 2. That’s a good start for Tandrevold – clear at S1 and out ahead of Denise H-W; pity, Mari Eder has also missed 2 at S2. I missed Hauser at S2 but she hasn’t missed anything – 10/10 and 16.4 faster than Lunder; meanwhile Elvira Öberg has done just what her sister did and missed 2 more at S2. That’s a great run by Lisa Theresa Hauser – all 10 targets hit and her ski speed is good too – over the line 17.3 ahead of Vittozzi. At S2 Sophia Schneider [1,0] is out just behind Denise H-W; Tandrevold in for her standing shoot – she’s missed 1 as well. Again, the cameras seem to have missed Linn Persson who is 10/10 and lying 4th at 6.2 Km. That’s bad news for Lunder – Linn Persson over the line in 3rd, knocking the Canadian off the podium! Currently it’s Hauser in the lead, Vittozzi 2nd and Persson in 3rd. Lunder now 4th ahead of Denise H-W and Tandrevold, who has just gone joint 5th, and pipped Schneider for the final top 6 place. However, back at S2 Anna Weidel is 10/10 and out almost 2 seconds ahead of Vittozzi in 3rd – does she have the ski speed to challenge for the podium? It begins to look as though the answer is no; by 6.9 Km she’s down to 5th, now slower than Vittozzi and Persson – over the line in 5th and she’s the best placed German at present; Herrmann-Wick and Tandrevold now joint 6th. Back at S2 Rebecca Passler [ITA] is 10/10 and out 7th, +23.8 – that puts her ahead of Tandrevold, Wierer and Denise H-W, but does she have the speed to capitalise on that? She’s losing time – 7th at S2, 11th at 6.2 Km – over the line in 17th at present, a good start to her World Cup races. That’s the race complete – well done to Hauser; faultless shooting and good ski speed so a very well deserved win. Great recovery from Vittozzi – 1 miss at S1 but clear at S2 and into 2nd ahead of Linn Persson who was the best of the Swedes today. Great work by Emma Lunder to go 4th, ahead of Weidel and Herrmann-Wick & Tandrevold. Schneider in 7th then Wierer and Ida Lien. Three Germans in the top 10, two Norwegians and two Italians. Elvira ended up 12th with 3 misses, Hanna in 18th. I think Stina Nilsson [1,2] has just qualified for the pursuit?

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Alpine Skiing and  Biathlon 2022/23 Empty Alpine - Lake Louise & Beaver Creek

Post by Bleausardv2 Sat 03 Dec 2022, 2:06 pm

Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Women’s Downhill, 2 Dec 22: Apparently very cold for this race, minus 28 plus windchill – tape in evidence on several racers! Kasja Vickoff Lie will be first away today, back to racing after over 600 days away after a really bad crash. She’s safely down; Laura Pirovano [ITA] next – also back from injury – she’s faster in sectors 1 and 2, slower in sector 3 but 0.57 ahead at the final intermediate – she leads by 0.58. Christine Scheyer in the red at all the inter points, good in the final sector and into 3rd; Lara Gut-Behrami next and just red at inter 1 and 2, green at 3, better still at 4 and she leads by 0.45 – fastest in sectors 3, 4 & 6. Michelle Gisin has gained from inter 3 and she’s into 2nd; Nadia Delago fast through the speed guns but a bit ragged and getting redder – into 4th. Joana Haehlen just green at 1, just red at 2, just green at 3 and 4,  very green at inter 5 and she leads by a massive 0.82! Mirjam Puchner has got off to an incredible start – 0.73 ahead at inter 2; she’s lost a little at 4 and 5 but fast in sector 6 too to lead by 0.71! The Austrians will be very happy with that! Sofia Goggia on course and just green at inter 2, greener at 3, better at 4 and she leads by 0.35 – some really amazing skiing so far. Kira Weidle into 3rd, but +0.97; that’s 10 away – Goggia leads from Puchner and Weidle, then Haehlen, Gut-Behrami and Gisin. Corinne Suter in touch – just red at inter 3, just green at 4, barely red at 5 and into 2nd by just 4 hundredths – she was fastest in sectors 3 and 4 too! What a race. Breezy Johnson, also back from injury, into 6th; Jasmine Flury in touch and fast through the final speed gun to go 6th. Elena Curtoni has gone one better – literally – to go 5th, +1.04; Romane Miradoli well in touch but on error has dropped her to 8th. Connie Hütter just green at inter 4 and into 3rd, but just 0.06 adrift! Isabella “Hells Bells” Wright into 10th – TV break; Goggia leads from Suter and Hütter – just 0.06 between them, Puchner 4th ahead of Weidle and Curtoni. That’s a nice run from Nina Ortlieb, also on the comeback trail, into 5th. Ilka Stuhec fastest so far though speed gun 2 [5.81 kmph faster!], very quick in sector 4 and fastest in 5 – she goes into 5th. Nasty fall for Elisabeth Reisinger, but she’s back on her feet! Thirty away – no change to the top 6 since Stuhec, but that was only 2 racers ago! Highest bib number in the top 20 at present is Christina Ager [34] in joint 16th with Breezy, although Juliana Suter [bib 33] is in 14th. That’s the race over – well done Sofia Goggia, an impressive win but just 0.04 ahead of Corinne Suter with Cornelia Hütter just a further 0.02 behind – all very close! Mirjam Puchner in 4th ahead of Ilka Stuhec and Nina Ortlieb. Seems the men's downhill on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek is another casualty of the weather!?

Beaver Creek [Birds of Prey/Golden Eagle] – Men’s Downhill, 3 Dec 22: Well, all looking good today for this downhill, the storm has eased just enough, although it looks a bit windy at the top! They haven’t lowered the start, but the first part is fairly flat and shielded by trees – it gets a lot steeper later!! Romed Baumann first to go and he’s safely down. James Crawford [CAN] just green from  inter 3 and he leads by 0.20. Matteo Marsaglia into 3rd, as the wind blows up the mountain – no timing on the screen, but the FIS ticker is fine. Bryce Bennett next – green at inter 1 but red at 2, redder at 3 and into 4th; Josef Ferstl also in the red and into 3rd. Next to race is Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and it’s windy with flat light – he’s nicely green and getting better – 0.71 ahead at inter 4 – he leads by 0.79; fastest in sectors 1,3,4,& 5! Daniel Hemetsberger unlucky with conditions and into 4th; Johan Clarey into 7th. Now, here comes Dominik Paris – there seems to be some light snow near the top and he too is off the pace – into 8th, I wonder if the conditions are getting that much worse? Marco Odermatt nicely green at inter 2, a bit slow at the second speed gun, but fast through the next one – he’s just red at inter 4 and into 2nd by just 0.06 – fastest in sector 2 and 5.  That was very impressive in the conditions! Beat Feuz quite red at inter 1 and redder at 2; the commentary team wonder about his ski preparation? He’s into 5th, good in sectors 3 and 4 but just 7th in sector 5. Vincent Kriechmayr also slow in sector 1, but best in 3 and he’s into 4th at the finish as the snow gets a little worse. Matthias Mayer good in sectors 2 and 4 and now he’s into 4th just 0.01 off the podium!  It’s wild boar time - Niels Hintermann very good in sector 4 and fastest in 5 as well – at the finish he’s joint 7th with Feuz. Ryan Cochrane-Siegle away and in touch on the top sections, although he’s lost a little to inter 3 and more to 4 – into 7th. They are having a TV break – brave in the weather conditions!? Kilde leads from Odermatt, Crawford, Mayer, Kriechmayr and Baumann. This is not looking good – just within limits hopefully, but no one after the TV break has got into the top 10 so far. I’m usually keen to get on the hill [obviously not at these speeds] but these conditions look to be “stay in the café” unpleasant! Good attempt by Dominik Schwaiger, into 11th. No TV break after bib 22, which seems sensible. Quite a few racers are shaking their heads at the finish – not sure quite how fair this is now? Matthieu Bailet in touch despite arguably the worst conditions so far – he’s into 8th, which is amazingly good. Some impressive skiing – Stefan Rogentin into joint 11th with Hemetsberger. Steve Nyman has missed a gate; Adrian Smiseth Sejersted into 15th!  That’s 30 away so the race is legal – no change to the top 10 since Bailet went into 8th. Sadly Roy-Alexander Steudle was a DNF.  Well done to Kilde on another win, great result for Odermatt and nice to see Crawford take 3rd for Canada.

Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Women’s Downhill, 3 Dec 22: Seems they have problems here too as the start is delayed by 30 minutes and they are using the reserve start position?  It looks lovely and a bit warmer, so I’m not sure what the snag was.  Ah, too windy at the top! Priska Nufer first away and she’s safely down; Romane Miradoli will be the first to see how good that is – the wind is moving around so there might be an element of luck with each run? Miradoli good in sectors 2 and 3 and she’s comfortably green at inter 4 – she leads by 0.66. Lara Gut-Behrami green early but just red at inter 3, into 2nd after a slower final sector; Mich Gagnon into 4th, almost a full second back. Jasmine Flury into 3rd; Joana Haehlen green at inter 1 and better at 2; fastest in sectors 2, 4 and 5 and she leads by 0.67. Mirjam Puchner nicely in touch and into 2nd; Corinne Suter green, red, green and fastest in sectors 3 and 4 to lead by 0.22.  Ramona Siebenhofer into 7th, +1.31; Ragnhild Mowinckel red all the way and into 4th, +0.80. Kira Weidle fast in sector 4 but slow in 5 and just 6th; bib 13 is Sofia Goggia, slightly red at inter 1 but very fast through the first speed gun – still red at inter 2 and a little redder at 3, just green at 4 fast at the final gun and she leads by 0.37. Second fastest in sectors 2 and 3, fastest in sectors 4 and 5! Interesting – Connie Hütter will not start today – no info about the reason?  Seems it’s vision problems perhaps as a result of an earlier concussion?? Michelle Gisin in touch to inter 3 but slow in sector 5 and just 5th, +1.16; that’s another good run from Ilka Stuhec, into joint  4th with Puchner, +0.96. Elena Curtoni has lost time from inter 3 to 4 and into 10th; that’s a good run from Nicol Delago [bib 25] – fast through sectors 4 and 5 which gets her into 6th place! Nina Ortllieb [bib 26] nicely in touch at inter 3 and 4 – another good run after yesterday’s return and she’s into 2nd, +0.34 – fastest in sector 3 and not far off in 4 and 5.  That’s 30 away, Goggia leads from Ortlieb and Suter, Haehlen in 4th, then Stuhec/Puchner with Nicol Delago 7th.  Good effort by Delia Durrer [bib 32] into joint 13th with none other than Lara Gut-Behrami! That’s it – congratulations to Sofia Goggia on the double, Nina Ortlieb 2nd and another good day for Corrine Suter in 3rd. Joana Haehlen in 4th, Stuhec and Puchner tied in 5th.

Beaver Creek [Birds of Prey/Golden Eagle] – Men’s Super G, 4 Dec 22: A tough challenge – no early flatter section, straight into the steep. The course, such as it is, as the terrain pretty much constrains it to the downhill course, set by a German coach. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted first away and he’s missed a gate! Romed Baumann next – he’s safely down, but some excitement! Alexis Pinturault next and he’s fast in sector 1 – no timing on the FIS ticker until sector 4 where he’s also fastest – he leads by 0.50. Gino Caviezel red at inter 1, nicely green at 2, back red at 3 and into 2nd, +0.25. Almost a second faster in sector 2 but he lost a lot further down. Dominik Paris way off the pace at inter 1, better but still red at 2, then over a second slow at 3 – into 4th [+1.73!] and there must be something not right, maybe with his kit setup? Another slight surprise. Ryan Cochrane-Siegle a full second down at inter 1, slightly better later but then straight through a gate and that’s a DNF – lucky escape. Stefan Rogentin has also started almost a second down and he’s into 4th but +1.14 – these are big gaps. Raphael Haaser more in touch and into the green at inter 3 – he’s slow in the final sector though, after a couple big errors and into 3rd. Bib 9 is Matthias Mayer, but he too is off Pinturault’s pace – better from inter 3 with the fastest sector 4 time and into 3rd. Even Marco Odermatt is red at inter 1, better at 2, just green at 3 and he leads by 0.10. James Crawford well green at inter 1, but just 0.03 ahead at 2, slow through the second speed gun and he’s in trouble – into 7th +0.93 – fastest by a good amount in sector 1 but then 9/10/8. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde next but he’s had some sort of flu – just green at inter 1, 2 and 3 and he takes the lead by 0.20! Fastest in sector 4 too! Odermatt is shaking his head – what does he have to do? Vincent Kriechmayr into 7th; Beat Feuz can only manage 12th. TV break – Kilde leads from Odermatt, Pinturault, Gino Caviezel, Haaser and Baumann. Matthieu Bailet has also missed “that” gate; Travis Ganong has missed a gate! The course is getting a bit rutted which isn’t helping – no one from 15 to 22 has got into the top 10 – closest was Justin Murisier [bib 20] into 12th. Lucky escape for Brodie Seger – almost into the nets but safely off the course. Swapping to the Lake Louise event, but keeping an eye on the ticker! Broderick Thompson in touch to inter 3 but then he too has lost time lower down to go 17th. Not a bad run from Mattia Casse [bib 30] into 13th! Good work from the Norwegians – Atle Lie McGrath in to 5th from bib 32 and Lucas Braathen [bin 33] into 7th! Cyprian Sarrazin into 12th from bib 37 and Henrik von Appen [bib 40] into 14th. Julian Schütter [bib 41] into 17th; River Radamus [bib 57; why such a bad start number – what have I forgotten?] into 17th! That’s it – Kilde gets the double, Odermatt again 2nd with Pinturault getting a very useful 3rd. Gino Caviezel in 4th ahead of McGrath and Haaser.

Lake Louise [Men’s Olympic/East Summit] – Women’s Super G, 4 Dec 22: This course also set by a German coach – apparently the last World Cup at Lake Louise? Joana Haehlen first away, safely down. Ariane Raedler red at inter 3 and into 2nd, +0.19. Laura Gauche nicely green at inter 2 but a big error and she’s skied out. Ramona Siebenhofer has started well and she’s gained to inter 2 – she leads by 0.69! Nicole Schmidhofer into 2nd, and fastest in sector 2; Federica Brignone a bit ragged and into 5th. Elena Curtoni green by inter 3 and she leads by 0.12. There’s a surprise – Lara Gut-Behrami a DNF after missing a gate. Next is Ragnhild Mowinckel – green all the way from inter 2 and fastest in sector 2 to lead by 0.23. Romane Miradoli into 4th; now it’s Sofia Goggia – off the pace at inter 2 by 0.85 – she’s pulling back time and fastest through sectors 3 and 4 – what an amazing fight back, she’s into 2nd, just 0.20 back. Corinne Suter just green at inter 3 and fastest in sector 4 – now she leads by 0.16. Mirjam Puchner has had a great two final sectors to go third, knocking Goggia off the podium. TV break – Suter leads from Mowinckel, Puchner, Goggia, Curtoni and Siebenhofer. Kajsa Vickhoff Lie [bib 16] into 10th and in succession Tessa Worley [17] and Marta Bassino [18] have taken over that position. Jasmine Flury has had a better run – red all the way but into 7th. Connie Hütter didn’t race yesterday due to problems after a previous crash but this is a good run – she’s into 2nd, just 0.02 behind Suter and fastest in the final sector too. Mich Gagnon, in her final season, into 8th. Good run from Laura Pirovano [bib 36] into 9th – highest bib number in the top 10. That’s this race over too – sadly it might be the last World Cup race at this venue – Corinne Suter takes the win, just fractionally ahead of Connie Hütter, back from vision snags which stopped her racing yesterday, and Ragnhild Mowinckel. Puchner in 4th ahead of Goggia and Curtoni. Very close!



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Alpine Skiing and  Biathlon 2022/23 Empty Biathlon - Kontiolahti, Pursuits

Post by Bleausardv2 Yesterday at 1:58 pm

Kontiolahti – Men’s 12.5 Km Pursuit, 4 Dec 22: Another day, another day of no biathlon on Eurosport in UK – just acres of snooker, although to be fair they do seem to have cross country skiing and alpine. I don’t bet on races but given the form shown by Johannes Thingnes Bø in the relay and the sprint … He’s away with 11 seconds advantage over Sturla Holm Laegreid. At 1.9 Km the gap between the leading 2 is up to 14.1 seconds; at around 40 seconds back from JoBø are Rees, Samuelsson and Jacquelin. JoBø in for S1 – he’s clear; so is Laegreid and the gap is now 19.2. The chasing 3 are also clear and out around 50 seconds back – Christiansen and Andersen also clear and out about 1:07 adrift. Johannes Dale and Fabien Claude have missed 2 at S1. On the lap the gaps between the developing groups are staying fairly steady, but there are changes in position – Niklas Hartweg up from 16 to 8, Justus Strelow from 17 to 12, with Dale from 7 to 17 for example. JoBø in for S2, very careful and clear; Laegreid also clear [lucky with one] and the gap is 19.6. Jacquelin and Samuelsson clear too and out around 50 seconds back but Rees has missed 1. Hartweg, Strelow and Doll clear and around 1:30 back, with Andersen, Zobel and Nelin with them. Interesting to see Bogdan Tsymbal [UKR] 10/10 and up from 36 to 16! At 6.9 Km JoBø seems to have opened the gap a little and now he’s in for S3 – the first of the standing shoots. He was arguably a little unlucky with number 4 which he missed. Laegreid has missed number 5 and out +27.9, with Jacquelin fast and clear and +37.4. Samuelsson has missed 1 too [+1:05.2], Rees clear here [+1:15.1]. Christiansen has missed 2 here, so have Doll, Strelow and Tsymbal. At 9.4 Km Laegreid is +32.3 with Jacquelin just 4.5 back. Anton Dudchenko [0,0,0] up from 59 to 18 after S3! Samuelsson and Rees have lost another 8 seconds or so to 9.4 Km; Nelin fairly steady. JoBø in for his final shoot – first is a bad miss and he’s missed another one too. Laegreid has missed just 1, and out +12.3; Jacquelin has missed 2 and out +44.1. Samuelsson has also missed 1 as has Rees but both are over a minute back. Vytautas Strolia [1,0,0,0] up from 22 to 11, Dudchenko has missed 1 and out 18th. Laegreid comfortable in 2nd and it seems Jacquelin is pretty much safe in 3rd, but he did have a chance to win and it obviously annoyed him to have 2 misses at S4. That’s it – another well-deserved win for JoBø, although the 3 misses will rankle. Laegreid in 2nd and Emilien Jacquelin in 3rd, up from 5th. Samuelsson 4th, Rees 5th [from 3], Nelin 6th [from 8. Fabien Claude the next gainer [15 to 7], those also gaining include Tarjei Bø [18-9], QFM [14 – 10], Strolia [22-11], Strelow [17-13], Florent Claude [26-14], Dudchenko [59-18], Komatz [39-19] and Jake Brown [41-20]. Those who may be having an interview without coffee with the coach include Andersen [6-15], Christiansen [10-16], Kühn [12-29], Ponsiluoma [13-36], Langer [24-38], Wright [23-48] and Dale [9 misses, 7-55]. Just Komatz and Tachizaki with a perfect shooting score.

Kontiolahti – Women’s 10 Km Pursuit, 4 Dec 22: Well, I expect to see two charging Öbergs in this race! Hauser will be away with 17 seconds advantage – some new snow to deal with! Still 17 seconds or so at 1.4 Km although Denise H-W, Tandrevold and Elvira are gaining places, among others. Hauser cruising in to S1 – she’s missed her third; Vittozzi clear and she leads out, 6.6 ahead of Hauser. Doro Wierer fast and clear and out 3rd, +8.3, then Lunder, Elvira [+9.9], and Simon in 6th. Person has missed 1, so have Weidel, Tandrevold, Schneider and Eder. Denise H-W has missed 2, as has Hanna Öberg, Skottheim has missed 3. Looks like Elvira had a good breakfast – up to 2nd, making up some 40 seconds already! In for S2 – the second prone – Vittozzi fast and clear and she leads out ahead of Doro W [+3.5], Hauser [+4.1], Lunder, Simon and Voight – all 10/10. Davidova also 10/10 and 7th from 22; Elvira missed 1 and out 9th, +26.1. I’m sorry to see Denise H-W down from 6 to 26 with 3 misses so far! At 5.4 Km it’s Vittozzi, just ahead of Simon, Hauser, Wierer, Lunder and Elvira Öberg [+20.2]. The first standing shoot – Julia Simon clear and she leads out, but Vittozzi [+0.7], Lunder [+1.2] and Doro [+1.6] are also clear and in touch. Davidova also 15/15 and 5th from 22, out +23.3 just ahead of Elvira. Caroline Colombo [FRA] is 15/15 and out 7th from 24 at the start. Hauser [1,0,2] in 8th, ahead of Voight [0,0,1] and Tandrevold [1,1,0]. The final shoot – Julia Simon 20/20 and out just 2.9 ahead of Doro who also has the perfect score. Vittozzi has missed 1 and out +25.3 but only just ahead of Lunder [0,0,0,1] and Elvira Öberg [0,1,0,0]. I’m hoping Doro can hold on, but Julia Simon is away. At 9.2 Km the gap is now 6.2 Km – Elvira up to 3rd and well clear of Vittozzi and Lunder, although she’s lost a little by 9.4 Km – she seems comfortable in 3rd. So, Julia Simon takes an impressive win – perfect score and up from 16th. Doro Wierer also 20/20 and 2nd from 9th, Elvira Öberg [0,1,0,0] 3rd from 12th. Vittozzi on 4th ahead of Lunder and Colombo [from 24]; Davidova among the gainers [22-7], a list which includes Hanna Öberg [18-10], Anais C-B [25-12], Minkkinen [27-15], Chauveau [34-19], Comolo [44-20] and Jeanmonnot [47-25]. Some good names among those going the ”wrong” way – Hauser [1-9], Persson [3-11], Tandrevold [7-14], Denise H-W [6-16], Weidel [5-17], Schneider [8-23], Aita Gasparin [14-34] and Skottheim [13-55 with 10 misses]. Good race!

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