Germany and France Dominate IBU Junior Cup 3
With the Christmas and New Year's celebrations far behind, the juniors once again gathered for the first competition in 2018. Initially the event was scheduled for Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) but due to the warm weather the third stage was moved to Nove Mesto Na Moravě.
Over the weekend new friendships were created, and high results achieved.
The Turkish team arrived in Nove Mesto in style: with brand new clothing & race suits, and with the upcoming competitions in mind.
#Biathlon Sporcularımız Zirveyi Zorluyor. https://t.co/aNlv5xDGhJ ⛷️🇹🇷👏@OA_Bak @gencliksporbak @GSBsporgm @mehbaykan @biathloncoach @OglagoSamet @TMOK_Olimpiyat @IBU_Junior #TürkiyeKayakFederasyonu #Kayak #Ski #hedef2026 pic.twitter.com/oIeopKS6Vj— Türkiye Kayak Fed (@kayakfed) January 27, 2018
....while others were thinking about something totally else.
With some time before the competitions, the athletes had the chance to find the perfect pair of skis and explore the local tracks.
With four sprint competitions held in Nove Mesto there were seven French athletes on the podium and four Germans. Here is how it all went down:
Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent (@Lou_Jml) 🇫🇷 won women's frist sprint in Nove Mesto, Hanna Kebinger 🇩🇪 finished for the second place only +5.4 behind and Myrtille Begue 🇫🇷 took the bronze medal +46.1 behind Laurent #IBUJunior pic.twitter.com/dLDA5kYQst— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) January 26, 2018
Emilien Claude won the men's sprint, the very same day ahead of his teammate Martin Bottonet Perrillat. Slovenia's Alex Cisar took the bronze medal.
Yes😍🥇 Encore une course à 100% aujourd'hui sur le sprint de Nove Mesto!💥🔫 C'est toujours cool de ne pas avoir de...Posted by Emilien Claude on Friday, January 26, 2018
Here is what he had to say after the competition:
The following day bib number one brought Germany's Sophia Schneider victory, while France's Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent and her teammate Sophie Chauveau completed the podium.
In the last competition Martin Perrillat Bottonet celebrated his first-ever win in the IBU Junior Cup.Once again, the podium was in French and German hands, with Danilo Riethmueller in second place and teammate Marinus Veit in third.
IBU Junior Cup à Nove Mesto Victoire de Martin Perrillat ! #salomonnordic #timetoplayPosted by Mathieu Noly on Saturday, January 27, 2018
The junior circuit is now moving on to Pokljuka for the #JOECH18