At least two relays who either won or ended on the podium last season will look familiar in 2021/2022, but athletes’ names will not match the face you have perhaps embedded in your memory. If the curiosity is getting hold of you, read on.
Marion Deigentesch is now Marion Wiesensarter
Marion Wiesensarter had a career-best 11th place from the BMW IBU World Cup in the individual of Antholz last winter. In November 2021, the German started her season by winning the first IBU Cup Sprint in Idre.
Uliana Kaisheva is now Uliana Nigmatullina
Uliana Nigmatulina of Russia has a career-best 5th place in the BMW IBU World Cup from the mass start of Oestersund last season.
Olena Pidrushna is now Olena Bilosiuk
Olena Bilosiuk of Ukraine is a world champion in the sprint from the IBU World Championships 2013, Olympic champion with Ukrainian women relay from the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. Bilosiuk has two World Cup victories to her name.
Evegniya Pavlova is now Evgeniya Burtasova
Evgeniya Burtasova of Russia has a career-best 6th place in the BMW IBU World Cup from the sprint of Oberhof and individual of Antholz-Anterselva last season.
Tamara Voronina is now Tamara Derbusheva
Tamara Derbusheva of Russia has a career-best 14th place in the BMW IBU World Cup from the individual of Oestersund in the 2019/2020 season.
Iryna Kryuko is now Iryna Leshchanka
Iryna Leshchanka of Belarus is an Olympic winner with Belarus women relay from the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. She has career-best second place in the BMW IBU World Cup from the mass start of Annecy-Le Grand Bornand from the 2017/2018 season.