Tandrevold Perfect at Home, Wins Oslo 15 km

Norway’s Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, skiing well and cleaning stage-after-stage, took the lead after the second prone stage, going uncontested in the rest of this afternoon’s Oslo Holmenkollen Women’s 15 km Individual to a 44:13.1 victory. Tandrevold’s clean shooting victory was notable across the board: her first-ever podium and victory in her home stadium, her first-ever victory in the individual and only her third podium in the sport’s longest competition. Today’s win was the Yellow Bib’s third victory of the season, coming after missing the podium in every individual competition at the recent BMW IBU World Championships.

“A difficult month”

After her recent struggles, Tandrevold called the win, “my most-ever special victory. It has everything. It has been a quite difficult month in biathlon for me. I have struggled to find the targets, find myself and struggled to enjoy biathlon. Now I come here and see the spectators came yesterday, went straight home and came back today to cheer and see a lot of targets go down. It was a good day.”

Sharing the Podium

Although the home win was special for the Yellow Bib, she admitted it was special in another way. “I think the most special is that I will share the podium with my teammate. We have been through a lot. We have had our ups and downs, both Ida (Lien) and I. That we can have her first World Cup podium today and my first win in Holmenkollen. I really could not ask for more.”

Sweden’s Elvira Oeberg, after two early penalties skied a fast last loop, finishing second with two penalties, 28.8 seconds back. Tandrevold’s teammate Ida Lien, after spending much of this season in the IBU Cup, finished in a career-best third place, with a single penalty, 32 seconds back.

Vittozzi wins World Cup Individual Score

Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi, with two penalties finished fourth, 51.2 seconds back, but scored enough points to win the Women’s World Cup Individual Score for the third time in her career. Czechia’s Tereza Vobornikova posted a career-best fifth place, with one penalty, 1:08.6 back. Germany’s Vanessa Voigt, with one penalty finished sixth, 1:19.5 back.

Postponement; late start

After a one-day postponement and a 30-minute weather delay this afternoon, the last trimester began with light wind and the temperature at freezing. Tandrevold opened with a clean first prone and the wind flags almost flat. Lien matched while Elvira was almost a minute back.

Tandrevold easily cleaned the first standing, as Elvira missed a second shot. The Yellow Bib went to 15-for-15 in the second prone. Lie cleaned, moving to second, with Elvira 10th, 1:45 back.

Header iconBMW IBU World Cup 7 Oslo Holmenkollen Women's 15 km Individual

Tandrevold Seals Victory

Tandrevold missed one shot in the last standing but sealed the win. Lien followed 30 seconds back. Elvira, after two early penalties, continued rebounding with another 5-for-5, 34 seconds behind Lien. The Yellow Bib controlled the last loop, while Elvira pushed past Lien in the last 3 km for second.

Photos: IBU/ Dmytro Yevenko, Nordic Focus

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