IBU Biathlon World Cup Comes to Canada and U.S.

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The IBU Biathlon World Cup Se­ries p/b BMW will touch down in North Amer­ica this win­ter with two World Cups on this side of the At­lantic for a land­mark two rounds. For Can­more, this will be a first, while, in the U.S., the state of Maine held two World Cups in 2011. There are high hopes that the home-soil ad­van­tage will pan out for the home teams in this “Euro-cen­tric” sport that's spread­ing its wings.

The 2015-16 IBU World Cup sea­son kicked off in Swe­den on Nov. 28 with six events sched­uled be­fore com­ing to Canada for round seven on Feb. 4-7 in Can­more. This will be fol­lowed by round eight in Presque Isle from Feb. 11-14 for back-to-back com­pe­ti­tions in North Amer­ica.

Maine proved it­self in 2011, host­ing a World Cup in Presque Isle and an­other in Fort Kent. The Presque Isle venue was at the Nordic Her­itage Cen­ter, built in 2002 and also the site of the 2014 IBU Youth/ju­nior Biathlon World Cham­pi­onships.

Mean­while, Can­more is ramp­ing up af­ter suc­cess­fully host­ing two Biathlon Cups in 2015, where 13 coun­tries com­peted at the iconic Can­more Nordic Cen­tre built for the 1988 Cal­gary Win­ter Games. The Ca- na­dian IBU leg also kicks off the Can­more Win­ter Car­ni­val, with an amaz­ing six weeks of ac­tiv­i­ties held at this world-class fa­cil­ity in the Rock­ies that also hosts the fi­nale of the FIS XC Ski World Cup with Ski Tour Canada in March.

Fol­low­ing the Presque Isle event, biathlon lovers will shift their at­ten­tion to the Biathlon World Cham­pi­onships in Nor­way from March 3-13, with the fi­nal, round nine, of the World Cup se­ries in Rus­sia from March 16-20. North Amer­i­can fans can't wait to wel­come the world and cheer on their favourites in this up­com­ing mile­stone sea­son.

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