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Biathlon 2016 - 2017 Discussion Thread

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ahjfcshfghb    55
4 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

 

Yep...there's no WiFi like there was in Lenzerheide, so I'm not getting trackside updates this time unfortunately :p 

 

I hope it's because of mist instead of wind though, seeing as Gabi loves shooting in the mist because it helps her focus. Wind might be a chance for the athletes from smaller nations as well: if they manage to get a good number of hits in, they could take advantage of a ton of athletes missing. Look at Maria Tsakiri in Beitostoelen :) 

That's a big if. But yeah in clear conditions when everyone shoots well, Gabi would have no chance. As for Maria she hasn't missed a target this year! So who knows what she is capable of.

The first time I read your comment I actually thought of Gabi Soukalova for a second. Hahaha. Well ours is the second best Gabi out there!

Is Brazil going to the third Junior cup as well or are they instead going to the OECH?

By the way what really annoys me is how they scheduled the World Junior Champs AFTER the World Champs, so many athletes who could have qualified through finishing in the top half can't now and have to rely on doing so last year :(

 

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heywoodu    959
1 minute ago, ahjfcshfghb said:

That's a big if. But yeah in clear conditions when everyone shoots well, Gabi would have no chance. As for Maria she hasn't missed a target this year! So who knows what she is capable of.

The first time I read your comment I actually thought of Gabi Soukalova for a second. Hahaha. Well ours is the second best Gabi out there!

Is Brazil going to the third Junior cup as well or are they instead going to the OECH?

By the way what really annoys me is how they scheduled the World Junior Champs AFTER the World Champs, so many athletes who could have qualified through finishing in the top half can't now and have to rely on doing so last year :(

 

 

For us there's only one Gabi :d (although I happen to know she definitely enjoys sharing her first name with Koukalova :p )

 

They are all going home for the holidays next week and travel back to Europe very early in January. I know Bruna (Moura) is going to do the IBU Cups in Martell and Arber and the OECH in Poland and I'm 99% sure Gabi and Caio will be at both IBU Cups as well, not sure about Lucas, but I'll ask it later today. My guess is that the team that goes to the IBU Cup will go to the OECH as well, for 2 main reasons: there are IBU points to be won at the OECH and it would probably be more cost-effective than sending someone to Poland and someone to Pokljuka, also in terms of finding a coach to accompany them and their rifles. 

 

I do know that they'll be going to Russia (...) for the junior worlds, but it's indeed annoying that it's after the World Champs :(

 

 

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ahjfcshfghb    55
3 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

 

For us there's only one Gabi :d (although I happen to know she definitely enjoys sharing her first name with Koukalova :p )

 

They are all going home for the holidays next week and travel back to Europe very early in January. I know Bruna (Moura) is going to do the IBU Cups in Martell and Arber and the OECH in Poland and I'm 99% sure Gabi and Caio will be at both IBU Cups as well, not sure about Lucas, but I'll ask it later today. My guess is that the team that goes to the IBU Cup will go to the OECH as well, for 2 main reasons: there are IBU points to be won at the OECH and it would probably be more cost-effective than sending someone to Poland and someone to Pokljuka, also in terms of finding a coach to accompany them and their rifles. 

 

I do know that they'll be going to Russia (...) for the junior worlds, but it's indeed annoying that it's after the World Champs :(

 

 

I hope Bruna qualifies for the World Championships! The good news is this year it's the top 30 instead of top 25 nations that automatically get spots, so the 10 wildcards this year will likely be from smaller nations. Basically Latvia, Spain, Britain, Bosnia, Hungary are all covered, and they were the ones who took many of the wildcards last year. And there's not that many athletes left, I think anyone who gets under 180 will automatically be chosen!

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heywoodu    959
2 minutes ago, ahjfcshfghb said:

I hope Bruna qualifies for the World Championships! The good news is this year it's the top 30 instead of top 25 nations that automatically get spots, so the 10 wildcards this year will likely be from smaller nations. Basically Latvia, Spain, Britain, Bosnia, Hungary are all covered, and they were the ones who took many of the wildcards last year. And there's not that many athletes left, I think anyone who gets under 180 will automatically be chosen!

Yep, all of those small nations who have one more or less World Cup-regular. Yesterday I heard something that gave me a lot of hope for the IBU Cups in January: at the training in Hochfilzen yesterday, Bruna was skiing behind one of the German girls who was going at near-competition speed....and then passed her :yikes:

 

If she's actually improved that much, then..wow, this is going to be interesting.. 

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ahjfcshfghb    55
4 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Yep, all of those small nations who have one more or less World Cup-regular. Yesterday I heard something that gave me a lot of hope for the IBU Cups in January: at the training in Hochfilzen yesterday, Bruna was skiing behind one of the German girls who was going at near-competition speed....and then passed her :yikes:

 

If she's actually improved that much, then..wow, this is going to be interesting.. 

:yikes::clap:

I am suddenly really excited to see how much she's improved in competition.

 

 

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Dragon    38

WADA have passed the names of 31 Russian biathletes suspected of doping to the IBU,

Some are already banned, some have retired but a decision of whether to suspend those still competing will be made before the first World Cup of 2017

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ahjfcshfghb    55
1 minute ago, Dragon said:

WADA have passed the names of 31 Russian biathletes suspected of doping to the IBU,

Some are already banned, some have retired but a decision of whether to suspend those still competing will be made before the first World Cup of 2017

Unfortunately, that does not come as a surprise. :mad: Is there anywhere one can view the list? 

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heywoodu    959
31 minutes ago, Dragon said:

WADA have passed the names of 31 Russian biathletes suspected of doping to the IBU,

Some are already banned, some have retired but a decision of whether to suspend those still competing will be made before the first World Cup of 2017

31...damn, that's a whole lot. I wonder if they're all international or near-international level. Also curious whether athletes of the new generation (Kaisheva, Slivko etc) are on the list.. 

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ahjfcshfghb    55
Just now, heywoodu said:

Clean prone shooting for Gabi :cheer:

We need others to miss too for her to make the pursuit, which isn't really happening, but good start! :thumbup:

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heywoodu    959
1 minute ago, ahjfcshfghb said:

We need others to miss too for her to make the pursuit, which isn't really happening, but good start! :thumbup:

She could also be the 4th Brazilian in history to shoot clean in an IBU competition, but now we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves :p 

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