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19 Nov 2011 22:22

Olsson on his day can be quite impressive (see the Olympic 30k). Could have been one of those days.
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19 Nov 2011 22:24

roundabout wrote:Olsson on his day can be quite impressive (see the Olympic 30k). Could have been one of those days.


That is true. Same with Sunbry, he can really put it down some days. I'm a little surprised at Piller's race however. I was expecting a little better.
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20 Nov 2011 11:42

The first ladies relay in. The Norwegians did a good race and snatched the victory easily it appears. Or make it double, in fact. Ingemarsdottir basically blew Sweden's chances by digging too deep on the first leg. The Finns did basically what I expected, though ideally they should have been able to stay with NOR2. Saarinen did quite well, Lähteenmäki seems to be a bit off and so is Roponen. Sarasoja skied on her level.

And maybe it is just me but was Johaug wearing a very very visible black thong under her racing suit? Not very classy I guess, though I dont really complain either.
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20 Nov 2011 12:49

After the classic, Norway I, II, III and IV were up in the top 6, it was crazy. Germany II looked decent at first with Denise Hermann but she clearly tired at the end of the leg. Ingemarsdottir lost almost all the time Sweden lost; Kalla even gained time on Bjørgen, although that was mainly with Bjørgen showboating at the end.

In the men's race Germany II are outpacing their seniors, everything staying rather more cagey and together than the women's race as it often does.
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20 Nov 2011 13:23

Cologna nearly pulled back a minute on his leg, but Switzerland just don't have the depth. Lars Berger is fun.
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20 Nov 2011 13:26

Olsson is less phenomenal than yesterday. Five teams still together before the last leg, Russia not far behind
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20 Nov 2011 13:39

Svendsen has pulled back more than a minute now :eek:

Admittedly the pace has been a bit less than urgent at the front, but still!

Poor Svendsen has done an Armstrong on Monte Petrano - he just arrived as the attacks started and left him stranded in no-man's land just behind again. Having started 1'46" down, he can hold his head up high.

Hey, he's made it back now! He's spent though. Really spent.
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20 Nov 2011 18:40

Svenson's race was insane! Its not too often you see someone pull back that much time in a 10km!
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21 Nov 2011 02:24

Svendsen and Cologna FTW, was fairly unremarkable race aside from those efforts.
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24 Nov 2011 15:59

Matti Heikkinen fell off a fence today, got a cut onto his eyebrow and will skip all the starts this weekend. To not risk infection, he says he needs 3-4 days without sweating. Fair enough, better to be safe than sorry. But given the recent circumstances this whole way of dealing with the mishap stroke me as bit odd or something.

Aino-Kaisa Saarinen has also lamented that she is not in shape because of stomach troubles during the week.
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24 Nov 2011 19:05

meat puppet wrote:Matti Heikkinen fell off a fence today, got a cut onto his eyebrow and will skip all the starts this weekend. To not risk infection, he says he needs 3-4 days without sweating. Fair enough, better to be safe than sorry. But given the recent circumstances this whole way of dealing with the mishap stroke me as bit odd or something.

Aino-Kaisa Saarinen has also lamented that she is not in shape because of stomach troubles during the week.


This just seems strange more than anything. He fell off a fence? Thats a little weird.
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24 Nov 2011 19:20

Image

Actually, it was his eyelid. They were doing a photo shoot.

And I know, it's oversensitive, but the footage of Finnish skiers intentionally breaking their equipment in order to duck tests in Lahti 2001 immeadiately popped into my mind.:p
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30 Nov 2011 16:28

The biathlon WC kicks off today with men's 20km. Gotta watch.
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30 Nov 2011 18:00

Amazing race by Martin Fourcade today, total annihilation! Won't be easy to beat him this season, when he's both the fastest skier and the best shooter...
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30 Nov 2011 19:06

That was simply incredible by Fourcade. A lot of other favourites having something of an off day (Ferry and Bjørndalen in particular, but Bø and Peiffer can both be very disappointed with their days too). Nice to see Simon Schempp pick up a completely unexpected podium, since he's normally been one to fall foul of the German disease of woeful shooting and super-fast skiing.

If I were an opponent of Martin's right now, I'd be worried. And poor Simon had quite a good day, but to almost no response, and he's falling worryingly into the trap of Fränk Schleck and Asier Olaizola in the scale of older brothers of prodigal talents.
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01 Dec 2011 15:23

Well put both of you. Fourcade was incredible.

Let's see if Mäkäräinen can stand up against Neuner, Berger, Ekholm and others today. Pre-race she said that the main target is to be competitive on the skis, ie. to get used to race intensities again. The shooting will be what may.
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01 Dec 2011 16:01

Mäkäräinen seemed quite competitive on the skis last week in the IBU cup so I doubt that skiing will be a problem.
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01 Dec 2011 17:32

Shooting was; one miss every time.

Domracheva wins I would guess.
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01 Dec 2011 18:55

Neuner not really on it on the skis, almost a minute shy of Domracheva and Mäkäräinen on ski time. Great show from Nilsson.

I am really happy for Darya though. I am a big fan of hers, ever since her Oberhof disasters showed her to be the Óscar Freire of biathlon - prodigiously talented, but absent-minded and a bit crazy.
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