Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

After a Christmas break and with some new power, IBU Cup athletes prepared to start the battle for medals at IBU Cup 4 in Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland. Duszniki-Zdrój, which hosted the 2017 IBU Open European Championships is hosting 36 nations with 99 women and 123 men, which registered for two sprint competitions.

Wide Tracks

Before the IBU OECH, among other renovations, the tracks were completely renovated at the Duszniki Arena; now they are very wide, which is a very positive change, according to the athletes. The tracks are covered with fresh snow that fell here in the past few days. Even though snow and sun provide great winter conditions for the event, there is one challenge athletes can face during the competitions: the wind gusts.

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

Italian junior Irene Lardschneider, the double champion at the 2017 IBU YJWCH in Osrblie, admitted that is can become a real issue: “We have great conditions here; it is really niсe to ski in the forest, with the snow-covered trees. But at the same time, it is not very easy at the range because of the wind. I hope I will be lucky during the shooting and for sure will try to do my best no matter what.”

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

World Cup Starters

Lardschneider will definitely have a chance to show her best and battle for high results as some of the strong athletes are skipping the competitions in Poland. The current top 3 in the women’s IBU Cup Total Score: Ingela Andersson of Sweden, her teammate Elisabeth Hoegberg and Russia’s Svetlana Morozova, moved to the World Cup. Along with them, Nadine Horchler of Germany and France’s Caroline Colombo also went to Oberhof, offering good chances for new faces to top the podium.

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

Main Goal

Unlike the women’s field, the current IBU Cup overall leader Sivert Guttorm Bakken of Norway will compete in Poland and will definitely try to increase the gap on second place Simon Fourcade of France who is now back at the WC. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of strong men whose main goal is to get the medals: Anton Babikov and Sergey Korastylev of Russia, Norway’s Johannes Dale and Fredrik Gjesbakk, Philipp Nawrath and Justus Strelow of Germany, Michal Slesingr of Czech Republic.

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

Very Motivated

Norwegian junior Dale, after his two Gold medals in Ridnaun and 15th place in his first ever World Cup competition, the NMNM sprint, admitted he is satisfied with his results so far and now is looking forward to the upcoming event. “I am very motivated for the next competitions. I think I had a very good start of my senior career, so I am going to enter the upcoming races with confidence.”

Windy Duszniki-Zdrój Hosting IBU Cup 4

Schedule

Who makes the podium will be known soon, as IBU Cup 4 kicks off tomorrow with the women’s sprint at 10:00 and men’s sprint at 13:00; a second set of sprint competitions will follow on Sunday. All times in CET.

12 January, Saturday

10:00 Sprint Women

13:00 Sprint Men

13 January, Sunday

10:00 Sprint Women

13:00 Sprint Men

Photos: IBU/Igor Stancik

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