Get To Know 10 IBU Junior Cup Athletes

Get To Know 10 IBU Junior Cup Athletes

We asked three identical questions to ten next generation athletes that regularly compete in the IBU Junior Cup:

1. Irene Lardscneider, Italy

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

IL: I started with cross-country skiing when I was about 8-years-old. Three years later, I got the opportunity to try shooting with an air rifle, I liked shooting so, so much that I started with biathlon.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

IL: The best think about being a biathlete is that it never gets boring. You can travel a lot and you have the possibility to visit many different places. In addition to that the preparation in the summer is very varied, you can train a lot of different sports. I also like biathlon because most of the time you are training outdoor.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

IL: I really look up to Martin Fourcade, because in the past few years he managed to dominate the World Cup competitions.

2. Emilien Claude, France

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

EC: I became a biathlete thanks to my mother and older brothers! My mother was a cross-country skier, she won a lot of French Championships and started in a lot of big competition, like " Vasaloppet", she even had some podiums there. So it is fair to say that I was born with skis on my feet. However, when I was younger I did not want to be a biathlete, but a boxer! But everyone in my family loved cross country skiing so much that they kind of dragged me with them into the world of winter sports. Florent Claude, my oldest brother was the first one to begin with biathlon, then Fabien Claude, then I followed them. I think my love for guns and military is what got me into biathlon, after I tried it once, I never stopped!

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

EC: That must be several things; nature, friendship and the incredible feeling of competition. Also that you get to in beautiful places all over the world!

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

EC: Of course I look up to the currently best athlete in the world, Martin Fourcade! When that is said my brothers inspired me when I was younger and they still inspire me to this day! Also I really like all the Norwegian, particularly Ole Einar Bjoerndalen who is the king of biathlon and the Boe brothers, because they are just as crazy as me and my brothers.

3. Marina Sauter, Germany

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

MS: Biathlon has always fascinated me so I really wanted to try it. At the age of 10, I got that opportunity, I took part in a trial training and because I had so much fun, I decided to start with the sport.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

MS: The best thing about being a biathlete, is the daily training with my teammates, especially in the winter on skis and of course the training camps. Also competition weekends are really cool.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

MS: Magdalena Neuner. She is one of the most successful biathletes ever. She has achieved everything in her short career and is still very sympathetic.

4. Dzmitry Lazouski, Belarus

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

DL: My biathlon carrier started randomly. I just liked cross-country skiing when I decided to try biathlon; from the moment I held a rifle in my hands I just felt in love with the sport.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

DL: Everything is great when you are a biathlete, skiing, shooting, off-season training and all the excitement and atmosphere during the competitions.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

DL: Emil Hegle Svendsen, Johannes Thingnes Boe, Bjoerndalen and Fourcade. I believe that all Junior athletes can learn a lot from these guys, they are amazing!

5. Myrtille Begue, France

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

MB: I became a biathlete because I love cross -country skiing. When I discovered shooting, I knew this is the sport for me! Biathlon it's a “playful” sport – everything can change from day to day, that is what drives and excites me! Also I started with biathlon because of my older brother Aristide Begue, he started before me and was my inspiration.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

MB: All the traveling, beautiful moments with athletes of various countries, all the emotions with friends and team mates. But the best things are the extraordinary moments during the competitions which are stressful, short, intense and you have to push the best of yourself.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

MB: Obviously I look up to Martin Fourcade because he is an incredible athlete. But with the start of the season, I have to say that I also look up to Johannes Thingnes Boe. He has impresses me with his enormous progress since last year! Today he's the only one who can regularly beat Martin and we all know how difficult it is to realize that.

6. Danilo Riethmueller, Germany

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

DR: In 2004 I went on a ski trip with my dad and that's how I got the interested in winter sport, after some months I went to the ski team in my hometown, Skiverein Hasselfelde and started to train cross-country skiing. After 3 years at the cross-country ski team I spotted the biathletes at training, I have seen biathletes on TV and it just looked very interesting. Before I knew it, I joined the Clausthal-Zellerfeld biathlon team.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

DR: You get to see unbelievable places in different countries,  places you never thought you would visit.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

DR: Arnd Peiffer, I was training with him last season. He is a good friend that helped and taught me a lot.

7. Joanna Jakiela, Poland

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

JJ: I came from a sports family, biathlon  has been a part of my life since childhood. My older brother is a biathlete and my father is a biathlon coach. In the area where I live biathlon is the most popular sports. In every house of my neighborhood someone is actively training biathlon, I had no other choice than become a biathlete, haha!

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

JJ: Biathlon changes you as a person in a positive way; discipline, diligence and desire to be the best. Otherwise biathlon allowed me visiting world, meet athletes from other county and learn their culture.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

JJ: I am not original and will probably write as the majority, but he deserves it, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. I appreciated him for being a leading athlete. I admire him for maintaining such a high level of sport for such a long time and for the fact that despite everything he is still looking for new successes.

8. Daniele Cappellari, Italy

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

DK: At first I was a cross-country skier, then thanks to my ski club I had the opportunity to try shooting. I really loved it and decided to biathlon.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

DK: I think the best thing is that you can shoot everyday and in every competition. It is really difficult but it gives me a lot of satisfaction.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

DK: Martin Fourcade, he is super strong and a complete athlete.

9. Khrystyna Dmytrenko, Ukraine

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

KD: At the beginning I just did biathlon as a hobby from time to time when I had time off school, but after a while I began to delve into the sport and it became more interesting for me.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

KD: That you are a part of a team witch supports each other no matter what.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

KD: I look up to several biathletes: Martin Fourcade because of his character and Johannes Boe, despite his young age he is showing incredible results.

10. Said Karimulla Khalili, Russia

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Q: Why did you become a biathlete?

SK: As a child I watched biathlon competitions with my family on TV. I was always impressed and excited how unpredictable each race was. Once I decided to try it myself. And I really enjoyed it. Since that moment I have been a biathlon lover. What I really like and what keeps me interested in this kind of sport is that your success depends not only on your physical performance but also mentality and your ability to develop a strategy for each race and each season.

Q: What is the best thing about being a biathlete?

SK: One of the best things about being a biathlete for me is the international aspect: the opportunity to communicate and compete with foreign biathletes and to represent your own country. Biathlon competitions often take place in different countries. That gives you an opportunity to travel, to see different cultures, to broaden your mind.

Q: Any biathletes you look up to?

SK: There are a lot of top professional biathletes. All of them have different strengths. But the biathlete I respect the most is Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. I respect him for his dedication to biathlon and for his infinite motivation.

(Photos by: Giulio Trivani and Rene Miko)

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