Wednesday Social Wrap
It has been 10 days since the conclusion of the 2018/2019 BMW IBU World Cup season in Oslo-Holmenkollen. Since then the biathlon family has scattered back into many parts of the world. Some have returned back home and competed in their national championships, others have packed their bags and headed off into warmer and sunnier climes.
In this Wednesday wrap-up we're giving you an overview of what athletes have been up to in these first few days of the off-season.
Wind-swept Norwegian Nationals
Many in the Norwegian team gathered their last energy this past weekend during a windy weekend in Ål -- and the conditions played a part in some surprising results such as Sindre Pettersen and Hilde Fenne winning in the Individuals. Over the course of the weekend, familiar faces returned to the podium.
Fourcade brothers between Rome and April Fools'
Après 1 jour à la maison à tourner en rond et suite une (très) brève reflexion, j'ai décidé de revenir sur ma décision....Posted by Simon Fourcade on Monday, April 1, 2019
After competing in the French Nationals (and winning the Single Mixed Relay), Simon Fourcade had finished the final biathlon race of his professional career -- or had he? A day later, the 34 year-old took to social media to proclaim his immediate return to competition: but the announcement came on April 1st, so of course the Frenchman put things back in order the following day.
Meanwhile, younger brother Martin is enjoying life as a tourist this week, soaking in the sun and the sights of the Italian Capital.
Mäkäräinen intends to continue
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Some nationals in heavy spring weather ☀️💦 Yesterday 10km in cross country, ranked 5th. Today last biathlon race of the season, finishing 1st. Thanks for cheering 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 - As I told to media this weekend, IF all things figures out to be fine, you see me next season as well 🙂 But I need now time to rest, be in peace&quiet and solve many problems, also with my health, which comes first, until I could start training again. I hope everything is gonna be ok, but I also want to compete in high level and not make too many compromises. No any announcements coming up, if I don't need to stop, for a reason or another.
Will she or won't she? That was one of the questions on many people's mind as the biathlon season came to a close. At the moment it looks like Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen is planning to continue for another season -- if her body allows her to. But after a successful weekend at the Finnish nationals, the 3-time Overall Score Globe winner is going to take some well-deserved rest first and foremost.
For some athletes it was the first time they returned back home after a very successful World Championships -- one of them being Dmytro Pidruchnyi and also the Ukrainian women's relay. In addition, the Pursuit World Champion was voted "Ukrainian Athlete of the month" by the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.
See you back next winter, Maren?
Several biathletes competed at the German Cross Country Nationals this past weekend: Pursuit World Champion Denise Herrmann - and also Maren Hammerschmidt who was forced to watch this season from the sidelines after receiving surgery on her left foot in October. Fingers crossed we will see the 29 year-old back in action with the rifle on her shoulder next winter!
Tanti Auguri, Dorothea!
After the Italian National Championships this weekend in Martell (where Dorothea Wierer and Dominik Windisch won the mass starts, naturally) the Women's Overall Score Winner of this winter got to celebrate her birthday (80s style!) in Livigno -- in between some snowboarding, biathlon and dolce vita.
A very happy Dad!
We're crossing the finish line of this wrap up with many congratulations to Michael Roesch -- the recently retired 35 year old and his girlfriend welcomed their son Levi in March.