Östersund to Oslo: Season Wrap-up Video
It seems just like yesterday that the season, full of hope and anticipation kicked off with the mixed relays in breezy Östersund. Now, with spring fast approaching, just a bit less than four months have passed and the 2016-17 BMW IBU World Cup season is over.
Summarizing the 26 individual competitions for men and women, five regular relays for both, plus five mixed relays comes down to series of memorable moments from some of the amazing personalities in the sport.
The obvious biggest highlights came from the winners of the World Cup Total Score, Martin Fourcade and Laura Dahlmeier.
Fourcade and Dahlmeier
Fourcade capped this season his record-setting season with his 14th victory and 22nd podium in today’s mass start win. He dominated the season from the start, with single mixed relay, sprint and individual. Wearing the Yellow Bib from wire-to-wire, he went on to win the World Cup total score for the sixth straight year scoring 1322 points to second place Anton Shipulin’s 918. If all of this was not enough; Fourcade won every crystal globe: Total Score, sprint, pursuit, individual, and mass start!
Dahlmeier took control of the Yellow Bib in Östersund, surrendered it for a short time to Gabriela Koukalová, but a dominating IBU World Championships put her into the lead that she never relinquished.
New Names and Faces
Besides these two personalities, there were many other stars like Koukalová, Johannes Thingnes Boe, Kaisa Mäkäräinen and Shipulin who had their moments in the spotlight. At the same time, there were new names and faces like Anais Chevalier, Tatiana Akimova, Mari Laukkanen, and Julian Eberhard who had their day in the sun.
Germany was by far the top team winning both Nations Cups, the women’s relay and the mixed relay. However, France was chasing not far behind. The up and coming team in the mix is once again Sweden.
Hochfilzen and More
The IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen were picture perfect, with sunshine, spectacular crowds and thrilling battles for medals. Nove Mesto again provided the excitement and boisterous overflow crowds. The trip to Pyeongchang offered a glimpse of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games venue.
Bottom line: another great season of biathlon has just ended. Sit back and watch our video wrap-up to relive some of the best moments of the 2016-17 BMW IBU World Cup season.