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heywoodu

Biathlon 2015 - 2016 Discussion Thread

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Federer91    179
3 hours ago, heywoodu said:

Bruna Moura's ( :BRA ) unofficial but personal goal for next season: score less than 150 IBU points in at least one competition and so qualifiying for the World Championships in Hochfilzen :) 

If she manages to do that, which will be very hard but not impossible, she is very much on track for Olympic qualification I believe :yes

 

I may have missed it, but was is your obsession with Brazils biathlon team? :d

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heywoodu    1,114
1 minute ago, Federer91 said:

 

I may have missed it, but was is your obsession with Brazils biathlon team? :d

 

Short version: Bruna is basically my best friend :p 

 

Longer version: To elaborate a little: having a Brazilian girlfriend a couple of years ago made me support them at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2014 I didn't have a Brazilian girlfriend anymore, but I still supported them at the Winter Olympics. In the beginning of 2015 I wrote a big article and "e-mail interview" with Leandro Ribela about his project to help poor children get involved in social activities through sports/roller skiing. Bruna somehow noticed this article on Facebook, starting talking to me there during the biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships in Raubichi where she was participating (her first international competition) and since then we basically became the best of friends and talk every day on Whatsapp/phone/Skype :d (that's why I travelled all the way to Austria in December to cheer for them during an IBU Cup with only 6 or 7 spectactors watching :lol:)

 

 

 

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Federer91    179
4 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

 

Short version: Bruna is basically my best friend :p 

 

Longer version: To elaborate a little: having a Brazilian girlfriend a couple of years ago made me support them at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2014 I didn't have a Brazilian girlfriend anymore, but I still supported them at the Winter Olympics. In the beginning of 2015 I wrote a big article and "e-mail interview" with Leandro Ribela about his project to help poor children get involved in social activities through sports/roller skiing. Bruna somehow noticed this article on Facebook, starting talking to me there during the biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships in Raubichi where she was participating (her first international competition) and since then we basically became the best of friends and talk every day on Whatsapp/phone/Skype :d (that's why I travelled all the way to Austria in December to cheer for them during an IBU Cup with only 6 or 7 spectactors watching :lol:)

 

 

 

 

Wow, great story :clap:All the best to them then and one day in the World Cup. :yes It would be a lot of fun having Brazil in a winter sport. 

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heywoodu    1,114
3 minutes ago, Federer91 said:

 

Wow, great story :clap:All the best to them then and one day in the World Cup. :yes It would be a lot of fun having Brazil in a winter sport. 

World Cup is the big goal apart from the Olympics eventually :d 

 

It's not very realistic that she'll reach the World Cup next season though, because for that you need to have at least one result of 125 IBU points or less and that's normally just too much for next season. We're both expecting the Brazilian federation to set a result of 180-200 points as goal (last season it was a result below 280 points and she got 244 in Obertilliach), but given the fact that she's more than doubling her training input this summer and she should be in possession of a laser rifle to train shooting at home within a month or so, I think one result below 150 points is very hard, but possible :) 

 

So far only Jacqueline Mourão made it to the World Cup for Brazil (male/female), but when she started in biathlon she was already a very experienced cross-country skier. We can't forget Bruna's first time ever on ski's in the snow was only in August 2014 if I'm not mistaken, so there's still a huge room for improvement. Besides that, she's already shooting at pretty much the same level as Mourão's best days and with only a bit of improvement, she can already be the best shooter ever in Brazilian biathlon. 

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heywoodu    1,114

By the way, the above is also one of the reasons why I write updates here. Personally I would like to get updates about, I don't know, Chilean biathletes if someone had "inside information" on them, simply because you never hear anything about that and it's already easy to find information about biathletes of big nations. The other reason is that I show her every supporting post people write here (already quite a few), because every bit of support helps in motivating ("Wow, some random person online is cheering for me...awesome!") and she'll need every tiny bit of help to get to Pyeongchang 2018 :d 

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Xander    14

1 week until May, our sports center/biathlon base on the West:

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I cringe every time our NOC president says "but Ukraine is not a winter country" :mumble:

 

 

ps. RIP Klaus Siebert :cry:

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rybak    195

Klaus Siebert Dead at Age 60

 

Beloved Coach and Athlete, Multi World Champion, World Cup Total Score Champion and well-known coach Klaus Siebert died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer, just four days before his 61st birthday.

 

The former German biathlete was a fixture in biathlon since his glory days as an athlete in the mid-to-late seventies. During that time, he won three WCH Gold medals, the 1979 World Cup Total Score, eight World Cup competitions, and an Olympic Relay Silver medal at Lake Placid in 1980. After retiring from competition, he went on to a successful coaching career with the German, Chinese and Belarusian teams. Among his biggest success stories with the German Team was the now Russian Men's Coach Ricco Gross.

 

Siebert's biggest success came during his final coaching stop from 2008-2014 with the Belarusian Women's team that included Darya Domracheva and Nadezhda Skardino, where he developed a strong bond with the whole team and federation. After an initial bout with cancer in late 2011, Siebert returned to the team the next summer while still under treatment, leading Domracheva at the time to call him, "my hero." He continued with the team through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games when his protégé Domracheva won three Olympic Gold medals and Skardino a Bronze medal. After those Games, Siebert stepped down from coaching due to focus on his health.

 

"Our Superman"

 

Upon hearing of his passing, Skardino commented, "He was our Superman... our coach, psychologist, teacher and friend at the same time...for me; he was like a king of biathlon... I'm very grateful for everything he has taught me. Above all, he taught me to love life and biathlon at the same time. He will always remain in my heart and that of the other girls. I can only say. 'Thank you, Klaus. Thank you for all the time you have been with us."

 

Domracheva as part of a group video greeting to Siebert in late January said, "We love you with all our heart and are always with you."

 

The IBU and the biathlon family extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Klaus Siebert.

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heywoodu    1,114

Succesful German cross-country skier Denise Herrmann will change from XC to biathlon, starting the training for biathlon next week :mumble:

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/news/sport/biathlon-langlaeuferin-denise-herrmann-wechselt-zum-biathlon-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-160426-99-733998

 

I really wonder how smart of a move that is, so short before the Olympics. In XC there's basically no doubt she'd be in the German Olympic team, but in biathlon she'll have incredibly much more competition to beat. On the other hand, of course she should choose what she prefers...if she's "done" with XC, there's no use in "forcing" her to keep doing that. 

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Xander    14

Even for professional skiers it takes years to learn how to shoot decently (for the World Cup). Considering high level of the German team, imho she will become the IBU Cup star in the best scenario.

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heywoodu    1,114
2 hours ago, Xander said:

Even for professional skiers it takes years to learn how to shoot decently (for the World Cup). Considering high level of the German team, imho she will become the IBU Cup star in the best scenario.

The good thing is Celia Aymonier made quite a good impression in her first season of biathlon. I'm not expecting Herrmann to reach 90% shooting of course, but if she can for starters get it up to a consistent 75-80% in her first season, good things might be possible for her. 

 

 

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Xander    14
2 hours ago, heywoodu said:

Celia Aymonier.

She was the 1st name I thought of for a good comparison.

However she flopped Hochfilzen & Pokljuka. Individual race in Ruhpolding was a success imo (just 3 misses) and quite good relay. Floppy Antholz (not being adjusted to the height probably). She was gr8 in America but almost everyone was preparing for the WCH thus they had to be in the functional "pit". Her lack of experience came to logical conclusion at the WCH & the last leg in Khanty.

 

Denise can shine in a few races like Aymonier but she has yet to learn how to "survive" through the whole season. It will take 2 years minimum imo, it's a huge risk if she wants to start in Pyeongchang. Beijing would be more possible.

She can become like Bondar & learn how to shoot 0's (while sacrificing speed) or struggle in all races with 4 shooting bouts.

Wondering if she had ever practiced biathlon basics before. In Bundeswehr maybe? :)

 

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heywoodu    1,114
6 hours ago, Xander said:

She was the 1st name I thought of for a good comparison.

However she flopped Hochfilzen & Pokljuka. Individual race in Ruhpolding was a success imo (just 3 misses) and quite good relay. Floppy Antholz (not being adjusted to the height probably). She was gr8 in America but almost everyone was preparing for the WCH thus they had to be in the functional "pit". Her lack of experience came to logical conclusion at the WCH & the last leg in Khanty.

 

Denise can shine in a few races like Aymonier but she has yet to learn how to "survive" through the whole season. It will take 2 years minimum imo, it's a huge risk if she wants to start in Pyeongchang. Beijing would be more possible.

She can become like Bondar & learn how to shoot 0's (while sacrificing speed) or struggle in all races with 4 shooting bouts.

Wondering if she had ever practiced biathlon basics before. In Bundeswehr maybe? :)

 

 

The article says a lot of German XC skiers had a shooting training in 2012, when it wasn't looking good for German biathlon after Neuner's retirement. Herrmann says "it didn't go that bad actually". She also says she knows it's a surprising time to make the change, but she has been thinking about it for a while now.

 

Indeed, Aymonier wasn't exactly consistent, but she did show that she has the talent to fight for top-20 in the World Cup standings if she manages to get consistent. I think Herrmann can do the same if she manages to get her shooting under control. In any way, I'll be paying very close attention to the first IBU Cups to see how she's doing in shooting...her skiing speed is beyond major doubt I think. 

 

Apart from that it seems that the main issue for the change is motivation. If she just isn't motivated anymore to do only XC, it would be useless to keep trying it. Sure, her Olympic chances would be way better of course, but don't underestimate how hard it is to be focused almost every day of the year on training and being fit...then imagine you're doing that for a sport you're just not so motivated for anymore (XC). If biathlon feels like a new and fun challenge for her, she should do it :) 

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