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The final weekend of the BMW IBU World Cup season is about to begin, some are fighting for...
Norway are the first ever gold medallists in the single mixed relay at the IBU World Champ...
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland fought until the last metre to capture a 4th place in the IBU World...
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland could be called a “late bloomer;” an athlete who won no big accolades as a junior, toiled on the IBU Cup circuit, honing her craft while gaining victories and then moved to the BMW IBU World Cup circuit, where she improved every season since 2015/16 and is now one of the best female biathletes in the world. Although Olsbu Roeiseland had her first podium in the Pokljuka sprint in the 2016/17 season, her big breakthrough came the next year. At the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, she won the Silver medal behind Laura Dahlmeier in the women’s sprint, just missed the podium with 4th in the pursuit and was part of the Silver-medal winning mixed relay team. Those performances set up the next season where she added more ski speed to her already consistently strong shooting. That resulted in her first-ever BMW IBU World Cup victories, a sprint/pursuit sweep at Nove Mesto na Morave. She capped her season with IBU World Championships Gold medals in the mixed relay and women’s relay. The relay win showcased her stunning skill on the anchor leg, overcoming a 43-second deficit to secure the victory. Yet the 2019/20 season was even better. Olsbu Roeiseland was the brightest star at the IBU World Championships in Antholz, with five Gold medals (sprint, mass start, single mixed relay, mixed relay and women’s relay) plus two Bronze medals (15 km individual and pursuit). although she skipped the Annecy-Le Grand Bornand World Cup and missed Nove Mesto na Morave and Kontiolahti with illness, Olsbu Roeiseland still finished fifth in the World Cup Total Score.
Olsbu Roeiseland’s trademark skill is the ability to ski brilliantly fast final loops in virtually every competition.