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Old 01-17-13, 14:48
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The Miriam Gößner show came to a grinding halt today, she hasn't even qualified for the pursuit on Saturday after 7 misses in the sprint at Antholz, looks like perhaps she peaked for the home events, or is just running out of form, and the confidence can get pretty frail when you miss several like that, bringin back memories of Pokljuka back in 2010. It doesn't totally spell the end of her World Cup bid, as you can wipe out your two weakest results (which would be this and of course the pursuit that she's guaranteed to score 0 in), but it does harm her chances severely, especially bearing in mind Kaisa Mäkäräinen has started to hit shooting form again and Domracheva is getting stronger.

If she sets the fastest course time today she will set a new record for consecutive best course times - she currently shares the record with Magdalena Neuner (who else?). However, her time today was not too spectacular, perhaps owing to an extra kilometre on her race...
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The Miriam Gner show came to a grinding halt today, she hasn't even qualified for the pursuit on Saturday after 7 misses in the sprint at Antholz, looks like perhaps she peaked for the home events, or is just running out of form, and the confidence can get pretty frail when you miss several like that, bringin back memories of Pokljuka back in 2010. It doesn't totally spell the end of her World Cup bid, as you can wipe out your two weakest results (which would be this and of course the pursuit that she's guaranteed to score 0 in), but it does harm her chances severely, especially bearing in mind Kaisa Mkrinen has started to hit shooting form again and Domracheva is getting stronger.

If she sets the fastest course time today she will set a new record for consecutive best course times - she currently shares the record with Magdalena Neuner (who else?). However, her time today was not too spectacular, perhaps owing to an extra kilometre on her race...
She did have the fastest time.
In terms of shooting, she he'll never be consistent.
She 's more like a Lars Berger. And always will be.
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Old 01-17-13, 15:27
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She did have the fastest time.
In terms of shooting, she he'll never be consistent.
She 's more like a Lars Berger. And always will be.
While this may be true (according to realbiathlon, as of yesterday her career standing % is 62,5, while Lars' is 62,9), it can't stop fans from having hope, because she CAN pull out performances like Pokljuka's pursuit. Which makes it all the more sad when she struggles like today, because I felt like at least she could make the pursuit and gain some places with her skiing in that, but that won't be possible since she couldn't manage that. I've been waiting for her to break out since Östersund 2010 knowing that she could, and now that she has done, it's both comforting and frustrating to see her show that she's capable of being just as inconsistent as ever now.

A bit of a concern for the IBU-Cup as well that Iourieva and Sachenbacher-Stehle weren't especially impressive; Evi's course time in particular was disappointing as this should theoretically be her strength. All in all, though, a day to forget for the DSV.
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Horchler did well, so there is at least something to take away.
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Yes, she's been impressive this last few weeks. I could also point out that Franzi Hildebrand's ski times for the first two laps were good as well, though that may have arguably contributed to her uncharacteristically poor standing shoot.

Glad Maren Hammerschmidt made the pursuit though after all of the background stuff of the last few weeks with the debates about Germany and the IBU Cup.
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Soukalova again top 10, though she's a bit slower than in the beginning of the season. She should work on that before the world champs.
Great result for Kuzmina, much needed I think.
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Meanwhile Sachenbacher continues to be a embarrassment. She'd better off if she called it a day
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It's an odd one, because she's already 32; she's doing all the IBU-Cup events while most of the young prospects stay home. It's weird that a lot of much younger prospects like Hennecke and Hammerschmidt seem to get less attention from the DSV when they still have chances to progress; Juliane Döll retired this last week, finally deciding it isn't worth flitting between the IBU-Cup and World Cup anymore, just as Sabrina Buchholz did in the off-season. But Döll and Hennecke are 26, Hammerschmidt just 23. Yet in the aftermath of Tina Bachmann being sent on a break after disappointing showings in the first half of the season, the talk of who would take the final slot included the likes of Laura Dahlmeier and Franziska Preuß, promising youngsters but with precious little experience to be sent up into the World Cup. Perhaps the team ought to remember that Tora Berger has had 75% of her career wins in the last three seasons, and that Andi Birnbacher's career really rejuvenated at 30. It seems odd that they should be so keen on Project Evi when there are a number of younger athletes who may never have the name value, and may not turn into world beaters or consistent top level athletes, but have more time on their side to develop into something better.
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Old 01-18-13, 20:41
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It's a family affair in Antholz, with Anton Shipulin following his big sister to victory. Another top name missed 7 shots and the pursuit - this time it was Simon Fourcade, who missed all 5 shots in prone, and presumably just gave up at that point - his time was only good for 99th place! Fourcade looked pretty tired after his performance; he had been in a very good spot after shooting 2 but lost a fair amount of time on the final skiing lap, not just to Svendsen but to Fak and Shipulin as well. Something that's interesting is that there has been some attention drawn to the altitude at Antholz, and how that makes it excellent preparation for Sochi (the XC/biathlon complex is at 1400m elevation at the games next year), however while you would expect altitude to have an effect on certain competitors, it is notable that many of the competitors who've done well so far are not the ones that went well at Pokljuka, which at 1350m is the nearest in altitude, however Pokljuka has some tough trails, so it will be interesting to see how tough they are at Sochi when they do the warmup event at the penultimate World Cup meet.

Also, with the Sochi games, Russia are off the World Cup calendar for next year, with the traditional opening pair of Östersund and Hochfilzen, and the traditional New Year block of Oberhof-Ruhpolding-Antholz, then the Games. The third World Cup will be at Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, a second attempt after the 2011-12 edition had to be rescheduled back at Hochfilzen due to a lack of snow (LGB is a fairly unique venue as well with its finishing line over a road, matching the finish to where Fränk Schleck won the 2009 Tour stage, so I presume that's a vaguely uphill finish), while the closing block will be Pokljuka, Kontiolahti and Holmenkollen. The Junior World Championships travel across the pond to Presque Isle, bearing in mind North America hasn't hosted the World Cup (and only one round of the IBU Cup, maybe 2? In Canmore) since Fort Kent in 2010-11.
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Berger showed who's boss today. As did Shipulin. Fantastic races to watch, both of them.

The La Clusaz race was horrible, waxing wise that is. Would've been interesting to see the fight under better conditions, both Johaug and Kowa ended up behind strangely and Kowa had snow stuck in her grip zone.

Bessmertnykh completely failed in that sprint by thinking he had won, and Poltoranin continues to show great shape. Legkov, Olsson and Cologna showing class on the distance too.
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