BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

The “Polar Vortex” remained embedded over Canmore and the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, with nighttime temperatures dropping to -31C and “rising” to -27C by early afternoon. The bad news: was no one was shooting this morning in the stadium with temperatures well below -20C; the good news: there is a warming trend in the coming days. Although it still it will be very wintery all week, there are many training options available.

BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

Fitness: Indoor and Outdoor
Despite the cold, many athletes were out for at least a run, like Simon Fourcade or in some cases a bit of skiing and a few hearty souls made their way to the shooting range in the afternoon for a short session today However many teams used the indoor training options arranged by the Canmore OC. Several gyms opened their doors to the athletes most of whom arrived yesterday; offering the opportunity to do some weight lifting or other types of fitness activities. Japan’s team leader Ubaldo Prucker commented, “We went to the gym this morning and did one and a half hours of fitness, mostly for muscle maintenance; nothing too heavy. Over the weekend, our team did some skiing but it was bitterly cold.”

BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

Improving Weather; Athlete’s Well Being
The improving weather bodes well for the upcoming competitions that start on Thursday with individual competitions scheduled for 10:00 and 14:10 (MST, local time). IBU Race Director World Cup Borut Nunar, working in his office above the deserted shooting range commented on the conditions and considerations. “Our first concern is for the athletes and their well-being; today for example was just too cold, but they had many other indoor options. If they wished to, the tracks are open. Tomorrow is still going to be very cold in the morning so we may adjust training times, because the conditions will improve with every minute. We have plenty of time available to do this.” Even in these harsh conditions, he reminded, “This is a winter sport.”

BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

Many Options
Regarding the Thursday individuals, Saturday relays and Sunday mass starts, Nunar added, “We have many options like start times, course adjustments that are available if necessary. Thursday looks like the best day of the week with the morning low at minus 18 and the high around minus 14. After that it warms up: most importantly there will be less wind. The wind makes the cold temperatures even worse. We will just see how things go and present any ideas to the coaches at our meeting on Tuesday. They all understand the conditions and like us, just want the most fair and safe conditions for the athletes.”

BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore: Very Cold with Options

Great Preparation by Canmore OC​

As far as preparations for the week, Nunar was extremely satisfied. “The Canmore OC has done a great job; everything done on time, even early. The stadium and tracks are all ready to go.” Looking out to the snow-covered peaks, he continued, “And, of course the athletes are eager. Who would not want to compete in this beautiful place? I think the athletes love coming here. It is a nice atmosphere without so much media and fan pressure; very refreshing for them.”

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