Athletes Reunite for IBU Junior Cup
A total of 235 athletes made the trip to Obertilliach, Austria for the first IBU Junior Cup of the season, where the conditions where perfect for biathlon competitions.
The start of the season is always special for the young athletes not only in the way that they are excited for the competitions, but also as they get to reunite with athletes from all over the world:
For the first time athletes from diffrent nations reunite after a long summer break. They often stop to chat to each other between tranings, the biathlon family has no laguange barriers🌎 #IBUjunior #biathlon pic.twitter.com/7G845Cdi5Y— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 8, 2017
Obertilliach gathered 35 nations together, some more exclusive than others:
Yeasterday we had a quick chat with Matheus De Santana from Brazil 🇧🇷— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 9, 2017
He said: "Brazilians have nothing to do with snow"
Today he finished 85'th of 130 starters👏#biathlon #IBUJunior pic.twitter.com/0ASqhpY3KG
Here is some impressions from the official training and athletes them self:
Time flew by quickly and suddenly the seriousness kicked in when the first competition started.
The first two sprints were dominated by French athletes. With five athletes in the six podium spots:
Here is what the winners had to say after the first competition of the season:
In the second sprint, the German women took the two first spots. While on the men's side just like the day before, French men once again took two of three podium spots.
The French men continue to dominate in the #IBUJunior Cup, Emilien Claude from second place yesterday to first today, Hugo Rivail finished +23.3 second for the second pace 🇫🇷, Tuukka Inveniust finished +29.4 for the third place 🇫🇮 #biathlon pic.twitter.com/xOVTvwiFpA— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 10, 2017
Here is what the winners had to say after the last competition in Obertilliach:
And this is how a typical competition day in the IBU Junior Cup looks like:
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