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