2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen

2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen

The first IBU Cup in Norway’s Beitostolen, will kick off the season 2016-17 this Friday, November 25th. As usual, it will bring together the mixture of  athletes with different goals; from the juniors with their first starts at the senior level, to IBU Cup regulars and World Cup regulars. Some are aiming to grab a spot on their nation’s World Cup roster for Östersund, while others will use Beitostolen as a pre-season tune-up.

2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen
2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen

Currently, there are 39 federations with 166 men and 139 women registered for these first starts of the new season. The Russian team, winner of both IBU Cup Nations Cup Scores last year, is bringing 12 women and 13 men, including Ekaterina Shumilova, Galina Nechkasova, Petr Pashchenko (the IBU Cup Sprint winner) and Alexey Slepov, to compete for the final spots on their December World cup team. The only athletes, with guaranteed spots for Östersund and two next WC stages, are Anton Shipulin, Anton Babikov and Evgeny Garanichev.

Among others, competing for the first honors of the new season are: Nadezhda Pisareva of Belarus and her young teammate, the IBU Junior Cup Total Score Winner Darya Blashko; France’s Fabien Claude and Coline Varcin; Karolin Horchler, Florian Graf and Junior Cup Total Score Titlist Dominic Reiter of Germany; Norway’s Vetle Sjastad Christiansen and Henrik L’Abee-Lund; as well as two-time SBWCH medalist Anna Frolina of Korea.

2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen

IBU Cup Total Score Winners

Last year’s winners of the IBU Cup Total Scores will once again be out to prove they were the best last season not by chance. Matvey Eliseev of Russia was very consistent last season, never finishing lower than 7th place in any IBU Cup competitions. Despite the fact the 23-year athlete skipped a few starts, his overall title was never in jeopardy, in 12 individual competitions Eliseev had eight podiums, including four wins! The young Russian also competed at the World Cup level, but with less success; his best result was 35th place in the Khanty Mansiysk pursuit. After such a successful season and hard summer training, he has a realistic chance to move up to the World Cup team.

2016-17 IBU Cup Season Starts in Snowy Beitostolen

Unlike Eliseev, the women’s Sprint and Total Score Titlist Nadine Horchler of Germany was less consistent last year, with just two individual podiums. Still, on ten out of sixteen occasions she finished in the top 10. Solid results at the IBU OECH in Tyumen, plus a sprint win, earned her a start at the final World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, where she finished 31st and 29th in sprint and pursuit, respectively. After such a strong season last year Horchler will definitely try to show even better results and to battle for the place on the A team.

Twitter Accounts

With the new season fast approaching, some new Twitter accounts will offer full coverage of the competitions plus some extra interesting content:
@biathlonworld (Official account for IBU)
@IBUWC (Latest news & updates from IBU World Cup)
@IBU
CUP (Latest news & updates from IBU Cup)
@IBU_JUNIOR (Latest news & updates from IBU Junior Cup)

Beitostolen Schedule

The first weekend of the season opens with two days of sprints followed by single and regular mixed relays on the third day. All times in CET.

November 25, Friday
10:00 Sprint Men
13:00 Sprint Women

November 26, Saturday
10:00 Sprint Men
13:00 Sprint Women

November 27, Sunday
10:00 Single Mixed Relay
12:30 Mixed Relay

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