Biathlon World Cup 2017/18

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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.

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