Juniors Open Their Season in Lenzerheide
The program at the first IBU Junior Cup of the new season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland included one official training day and four competitions. During the event, the junior athletes showed their skills in the individual and sprint. The shooting range in Lenzerheide is special; in the morning the sun comes from the back meaning no bright sun directly into the eyes! The venue was great and welcomed all the teams and spectators with stunning views.
🇨🇭Lenzerheide is picture perfect and definitely ready for the season's first @IBU_Junior Cup ❄️. Weather conditions are great and snowy courses will greet the athletes very soon! First competition is held on December 15. #IBUJunior #ibujuncuplenzerheide pic.twitter.com/V3y8mYaxVk— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 13, 2018
The venue was definitely ready to host the competitions. IBU Junior Cup Race Director Arne Eidam was happy with the conditions. "I think Lenzerheide is ready for the competitions. They have enough snow and very good course and stadium conditions."
🤔 Is Lenzerheide ready for tomorrow?— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 14, 2018
🤔 How difficult is the track?
🤔 Is there anything special about the shooting range here?
Watch the 📽️ video where Arne Eidam, Race Director of the Junior Cup answers all those questions 👇 pic.twitter.com/1TArRP6jJP
The fight against doping is of high importance to the IBU; for that reason the new educational e-learning program was launched. Moreover, athletes who wish to compete in the 2019 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships have to complete the e-learning course focusing on the topic of anti-doping beforehand. IBU Anti-Doping Coordinator Lucie Rothauer conducted a seminar on the topic for the athletes.
The work against doping is of high importance. Educational work aiming the youth is under extra attention. Therefore each athlete who wants to compete at the YJWCH 2019 has to undergo an antidoping e-learning programme.— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 14, 2018
Photo: antidoping seminar
👉 https://t.co/BmE3CjXDpW pic.twitter.com/h9Ibun1Yb2
The weather conditions in Lenzerheide for the first competition day were quite good. It was a bit on the cold side, but the sun and quiet wind conditions made the competitions really enjoyable.
The first set of the medals was awarded after the junior men's 15K individual. The Swiss team had a reason to be very happy. Sebastian Stalder took the Silver behind Gold medalist Patrick Braunhofer of Italy and in front of Martin Bourgeois Republique of France.
Top 3 of today’s 15km junior men individual:— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 15, 2018
🥇 Patrick Braunhofer 🇮🇹 (42.36,5 ; 0)
🥈 Sebastian Stalder 🇨🇭 (+32,8 ; 0)
🥉 Martin Bourgeois Republique 🇫🇷 (+39,6 ; 1) #IBUJunior #ibujuncuplenzerheide pic.twitter.com/BxxUGRylig
The top three in the junior women's 12.5K individual made the teams and fans of France, Russia and Germany very happy!
For the interviews with the winners, visit our Twitter account: www.twitter.com/IBU_Junior. There are also interviews with athletes who did not win this time, but who have what it takes to climb to the top.
It is always nice to talk to people, especially when they are young biathletes with big dreams 🔥 We had a talk to the members of team 🇦🇺, team 🇨🇿 and team 🇵🇱 just after the competitions today. Meet these great young people via video 👇 #IBUJunior pic.twitter.com/YUrXGbb23L— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 15, 2018
For the second day the weather conditions changed slightly. The junior men still had the sunshine, but instead of -11, the temperature was -4. By the time junior women's sprint started, the sun had gone away and the temperature had risen to -0,9.
Weather conditions in Lenzerheide: the sun is gone, -0,9 degrees. The first girls have arrived to the shooting range. Who will be the fastest girl in 7,5 km Junior Women Sprint? 🤔 #IBUJunior #ibujuncuplenzerheide pic.twitter.com/tiAdshGobD— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 16, 2018
No matter the gray weather, the girls were shiny as ever! The top 3 of the junior women's 7.5K sprint were from France and Germany.
Time to celebrate the Top 3 of Junior Women 7,5 km Sprint:— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) December 16, 2018
🥇 Paula Botet 🇫🇷 (23.41,7 ; 1)
🥈 Hanna Kebinger 🇩🇪 (+6,3 ; 1)
🥉 Hanna-Michelle Hermann 🇩🇪 (+8,3)#IBUJunior #ibujuncuplenzerheide pic.twitter.com/ZOXVVpP3KG
For the men, the podium was taken by athletes from Russia, Slovenia and once again France.
Thank you Lenzerheide for the great season premiere!
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