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Old 12-07-12, 11:58
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To think Svendsen used to average ~88% a few years ago... He's hopeless now. Over a thousand days since his last clean shooting.
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Old 12-07-12, 14:50
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Solemdal cracking quite heavily in the finale there, she could barely keep the legs moving! So close to her first podium.

Insane speed by Gössner, 4 misses and top 10 in a sprint! She'd be a real threat if she could shoot at all
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Old 12-07-12, 18:19
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Krystyna Palka is impressing me this season. Last year she picked up quite a few placements 11-20, but she looks a bit quicker than before. Dorin, however, seems to be going the other way - still reliable with the rifle but has not improved at all in ski speed, which will hamper her attempts to get her first win, since she must surely be the best competitor on the world circuit without a single top level win. At least among females, as Simon Fourcade merits a mention of course.

Speaking of the Catalan brothers, that was a pretty tense finale between Martin and Andi Birnbacher earlier.
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My god, did we just see Martin Fourcade run out of gas on the final lap? What parallel universe is this? If Miri Gößner shoots 20/20 later, I'll know that dark forces are acting upon us.

A good win by Fak, who made a lot of time on the skis and launched a decisive and aggressive final move on the last climb that split the group of 5 apart, with only Malyshko able to stay with him (surprising as with him having come from quite far back, I would have considered him the weakest skier of the remaining group with Fourcade, Birnbacher and Lindström). Biggest movers and shakers at the top being Shipulin (17th to 6th) and Lowell Bailey (36th to 10th), but some serious praise needs to be sent the way of Evgeniy Garanichev (45th to 13th) and Emil Hegle Svendsen, who despite not shooting clear at any round, managed to climb from 34th to 14th.
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Todya's pursuit had another crazy density of skating times.

20 people within 45 seconds.
12 people within 30 seconds

That's really a interesting density!
Very even playing field.
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My god, did we just see Martin Fourcade run out of gas on the final lap? What parallel universe is this? If Miri Gößner shoots 20/20 later, I'll know that dark forces are acting upon us.
When Fak went, Fourcade was blocked by Birnbacher (who basically stood still) and lost 4-5 seconds only on that, which obviously were impossible to get back with only a descent remaining. More of a tactical defeat than anything else. Also, the course is a bit too small really, so it's way too hard to pass anyone, unless you go crazy in the descent like Tora Berger did vs Mäkarainen.
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When Fak went, Fourcade was blocked by Birnbacher (who basically stood still) and lost 4-5 seconds only on that, which obviously were impossible to get back with only a descent remaining. More of a tactical defeat than anything else. Also, the course is a bit too small really, so it's way too hard to pass anyone, unless you go crazy in the descent like Tora Berger did vs Mäkarainen.
When they went under the bridge I noticed Malyshko pushing up from 4th to 2nd, and thought that would be the catalyst Fak needed to attack as Fourcade was in a vulnerable position in the group, and indeed he went. Andi clearly had nothing left as he lost out big-time then (even being passed by Lindström on the run-in, who had been tailing off the group), but the gap to Martin was opened, and not only held but extended once he was around Birnbacher. I thought Malyshko would fall off Fak more than he did and thought Fourcade might have come back for 2nd, but he didn't seem to have anything left for that.
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When Fak went, Fourcade was blocked by Birnbacher (who basically stood still) and lost 4-5 seconds only on that, which obviously were impossible to get back with only a descent remaining. More of a tactical defeat than anything else. Also, the course is a bit too small really, so it's way too hard to pass anyone, unless you go crazy in the descent like Tora Berger did vs Mäkarainen.
Also, Fak seemed to save himself for the first half of the course, at least he seemed to lose time to Fourcade and Birnbacher.

Nice to see Bjoerndalen having good ski times, seems to be better than last year.
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What's been the deal with Dasha's ski speed this weekend btw? She was even overtaken by Gregorin in the final lap. Did she have bad skiis? At one point it seemed like it, when Berger and Mäkäräinen took off in a descent and she didn't keep up.
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Not sure, but not a necessary panic stations yet. After all she still won the sprint. I don't think she was the fastest skier this time last year either, just part of a group trading fastest times with Neuner, Berger, Mäkäräinen etc. It was only a few events into the season that she became the undisputed best skier, Neuner-adjusted. It could be bad skis, could be not quite on top form yet, could be a minor illness, won't really know unless it continues after Pokljuka really. Gregorin only passed her in the sprint, but still, if it continues it's a cause for concern as those are world cup points going begging.
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