What, Eckhoff? Her improvements are fairly gradual and not really shocking. She's from a family of biathletes (her brother is her coach, and her sister used to date Svendsen) and had been in and around the top 10 of a number of races in the second half of 2012-13 before doing so more consistently last season. I'd argue suspicion of her should focus more on tradition linking to the days of a decade ago than to any transformation. She was one of the best World Cup competitors without a win until yesterday...the sceptic said:I am glad they don't get the same kind of domination in biathlon, although it's pretty funny how whenever their top woman retires, someone else has a big improvement to fill the gap.
Solemdal is a much bigger question mark. She went from 43rd and 44th (each with 1+1) in World Cup sprints in the last events of 2010-11 to 4th with the same shooting record outskiing Magdalena Neuner in Östersund in 2011-12. However she keeps getting ill, injured or otherwise losing the plot. She was the one supposed to take over as team leader when Tora retired. After her chronic start to the season, the image of Sveta Sleptsova hangs over her.