Biathlon World Cup 2017/18
Oestersund, Sweden – Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017
The 2017/18 BMW IBU World Cup season kicked off in Oestersund, Sweden on Nov. 29-Dec. 3, with Norway winning the Mixed relay. Team Canada finished 15th, while the American squad was 21st.
Austria won the Single Mixed relay, as Team USA finished 19th, followed by the Canadians in 22nd.
In the women’s 15km Individual, Canada’s Julia Ransom raced to a career-best ninth with perfect shooting, as Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus claimed her first-ever victory, also with clean shooting.
Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won the men’s 20km Individual, as the U.S.A.’S Tim Burke finished 32nd, while Canadian Nathan Smith was 37th.
Germany’s Denise Herrmann took home her first World Cup victory in the women’s 7.5km sprint despite one penalty, as Canada’s Ransom led the North Americans in 29th with clean shooting again.
In the men’s 10km sprint, Canada’s Scott Gow shot clean to claim a career-best 16th, with Norway’s Tarjei Boe taking the win. Lowell Bailey was the top American in 22nd.
Fast-skiing Herrmann claimed her second World Cup victory for Germany, winning the women’s 10km Pursuit despite missing two targets in the first standing stage, with Canada’s Ransom in 23rd, suffering two penalties.
On the final day of competition, the U.S.A.’S Bailey was 17th in the men’s 12.5km Pursuit with two penalties, with France’s Martin Fourcade seizing the victory with one penalty. Scott Gow was the top Canuck in 21st.
Hochfilzen, Austria – Dec. 7-10, 2017
The second round of the BMW IBU World Cup was held in Hochfilzen, Austria from Dec. 14-17, as Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway was perfect on the range to take the win in the men’s 10km sprint. Canadian Smith finished 19th, while American Sean Doherty was 22nd, both shooting clean.
The U.S.A.’S Clare Egan led the North American women, finishing 35th in the 7.5km sprint that was won by Darya Domracheva of Belarus. Emma Lunder was the top Canadian in 42nd.
Doherty was once again top American in the men’s 12.5km Pursuit in tough weather conditions, finishing 17th with two penalties at 2:12.8 behind winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway. Canada’s top finisher was Smith at 31st. In the women’s 10km event, Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won, while Canada’s Lunder led the North Americans in 27th with one penalty.
Team USA’S Bailey, Burke, Doherty and Leif Nordgren raced to a ninth-place finish in the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay, as Norway claimed a solo victory in windy Hochfilzen. The Canadian team was 15th.
Canada’s Lunder, Ransom, Rosanna Crawford and Megan Bankes raced to a ninth-place finish, with Germany taking the win in the women’s 4 x 6km relay. Team USA finished 15th.
Annecy-le Grand Bornand, France – Dec. 14-17, 2017
The U.S.A.’S Susan Dunklee shot clean, finishing 10th for her best performance of the season in the women’s sprint at Round Three in Annecy-le Grand Bornand, France. Kuzmina of Slovakia claimed her second victory of the season, shooting clean.
American Burke shot clean to finish 10th in the men’s 10km sprint, as Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe took his fourth victory this season. Canada’s Scott Gow finished 16th with clean shooting as well, followed by the U.S.A.’S Doherty in 17th, also with perfect shooting.
Dunklee took home a sixth-place result in the women’s 10km Pursuit with fast skiing despite two penalties, as Laura Dahlmeier of Germany captured her first win of the season with one penalty. Canada’s Lunder finished 18th, also with one penalty.
The U.S.A.’S Bailey shot clean, placing 14th in the men’s 12.5km Pursuit, as Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe earned his fifth consecutive victory this season. Canada’s Scott Gow was 27th.
The U.S.A.’S Dunklee led the North Americans with a 20th-place finish in the women’s 12.5km mass start with three missed targets, as Frenchwoman Justine Braisaz cleaned to earn her first career World Cup victory in front of the home crowd. Lunder was the lone Canadian in 28th.
In the men’s 15km mass start, Fourcade took the victory with clean shooting as well, securing a sweep for France. The U.S.A.’S Bailey finished 23rd, while Canada’s Scott Gow was 26th.
Oberhof, Germany – Jan. 3-7, 2018
Canada’s Ransom started off the new year with clean shooting at Round Four in Oberhof, Germany in the women’s 7.5km sprint that was won by Slovakia’s Kuzmina, who took the event with one penalty.
The U.S.A.’S Burke had a good start as well, just off the podium in fourth, also with clean shooting in the men’s 10km sprint that saw France’s Fourcade take the win. The top Canuck was Scott Gow in 32nd with one penalty.
Burke led the North Americans again, finishing 14th with three penalties in the men’s 12.5km Pursuit as France’s Fourcade claimed another victory. Christian Gow was the top Canadian in 21st with one penalty.
Kuzmina of Slovakia took the women’s 10km Pursuit and the leader’s yellow bib, as Canada’s Ransom finished 37th with three penalties at 3:54 behind the winner.
Sweden won the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay with one penalty and nine spare rounds, as Canada’s Gow brothers, Brendan Green and Carsen Campbell finished 10th with six penalties and 20 spares. The U.S.A. did not enter a squad.
In the women’s 4 x 6km relay, France took the win in difficult conditions with one penalty and 10 spares, upsetting the favourites from Germany. Canada’s Ransom, Lunder, Sarah Beaudry and Megan Tandy finished 14th with two penalties and 13 spares.
Rupholding, Germany – Jan. 10-14, 2018
France’s Fourcade took his fourth consecutive win in the men’s 20km Individual event at Round Five in Ruhpolding, Germany, with Doherty leading the North Americans in 31st.
Canada’s Crawford delivered a career-best third with perfect shooting to land on the podium in the women’s 15km Individual. The winner Dorothea Wierer of Italy shot clean as well. Dunklee skied strong in the opening lap, but suffered three penalties to finish 27th.
Norway was unstoppable again in the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay, with France second and Russia third. Team Canada was 14th, while the U.S. squad finished 24th.
Canada’s Crawford delivered another day of perfect shooting en route to fourth in the women’s 12.5km mass start, as Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen sprinted past Germany’s Dahlmeier in the last 100 metres for the win.
In the final race of the weekend, Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe defeated France’s Fourcade in a nail-biting finale in the men’s 15km mass start, with the U.S.A.’S Burke finishing 21st.
Antholz-anterselva, Italy – Jan. 18-21, 2018
Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff shot clean to win the women’s 7.5km sprint at Round Six in Italy, with Dunklee leading the North Americans in 35th. American Emily Dreissigacker shot clean to qualify for her first-ever World Cup Pursuit race.
Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway defeated France’s Fourcade to take the top step of the podium in the men’s 10km sprint, with Bailey placing the North Americans in 41st.
Then in the men’s 12.5km Pursuit, Boe shot clean again and delivered a perfect race for another victory, with the U.S.A’S Burke finishing 21st with one penalty.
Germany’s Dahlmeier won the women’s 10km Pursuit with one penalty, as the U.S.A.’S Egan suffered three penalties to finish 37th.
The weekend ended in snowy, windy conditions with France’s Fourcade taking the men’s 15km mass start despite four penalties, with American Burke in 22nd – not a single competitor shot clean.
Domracheva of Belarus won the women’s 10km mass start in snowy conditions, staging a dramatic comeback. She fell to 19th after a penalty in the early stages, but did not miss another target on her way to victory.
The BMW IBU World Cup takes a break after the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Canada's Julia Ransom raced to a career-best ninth with perfect shooting in the women's 15km Individual at Oestersund, Sweden.
Canadian Scott Gow claimed a career-best 16th with clean shooting in the men's 10km sprint in Sweden.
American Sean Doherty delivered two top-20 results, first in Austria and then in France.
American Tim Burke was just off the podium in fourth with clean shooting in the men's 10km sprint at Oberhof, Germany. (l-r) Max Cobb (secretary-general USBA), Joanne Reid and Susan Dunklee who took home 6th in France.
Career-best third for Canada's Rosanna Crawford with perfect shooting in the women's 15km Individual in Germany.