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Biathlon 2018 - 2019 Discussion Thread

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1 hour ago, RobtheAggie said:

I will be the 2nd leg of the Men's relay.

 

On a more serious note, are the smaller nations who compete the germination of a particular athlete or a concerted effort from the nation?  Take Brazil by example.  Is that the athletes or the nation?  I have an idea, but I was wondering.

And @dezbee2008 can be the women’s leg of a relay. One only need one more person and we’re off to the IBU Cup

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1 hour ago, RobtheAggie said:

I will be the 2nd leg of the Men's relay.

 

On a more serious note, are the smaller nations who compete the germination of a particular athlete or a concerted effort from the nation?  Take Brazil by example.  Is that the athletes or the nation?  I have an idea, but I was wondering.

 

Brazil is a 'nation'/federation. I mean, it all started 15 years ago or something with Leandro Ribela and one or two other pioneers, who's names I'm not sure about (possibly Helio Freitas was one of them).

 

Nowadays there's a big shift between the old and young generation: Leandro Lutz, Fabrizio Bourguignon among the men, Mika Picin for the women, although they're not all competing anymore this season. I think they more or less started independently, but then there's the young generation: Bruna Moura, Gabriela Neres, Lucas Martins, Victor Santos, Caio Moreira (retired since a few years already to focus on personal stuff, I was sad to see him go but am happy to see he's happy and very well), all of whom started with cross-country and biathlon more or less via Leandro Ribela's social project Ski na Rua. There's also Matheus Vasconcellos in the Junior Cup, probably the Brazilian with the most potential, but he mostly grew up in Austria (speaks fluent Austrian-German with a thick local accent) and doesn't have that much to do with the project and all. 

 

On the other hand, in Greenland it's all Slettemark :p  Australia is a whole different story that probably would require more reading material than the entire Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit universe, so not gonna get into that :p 

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47 minutes ago, Olympian1010 said:

And @dezbee2008 can be the women’s leg of a relay. One only need one more person and we’re off to the IBU Cup

For the single mixed you only need one guy though :d 

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Nastya what a noble gesture and sacrifice for Slovak biathlon !

 

Even if she will finish her individual career next weekend in Oslo. She will apparently continue one more year but only in relays in order to help our biathlon to make sure and field relays at major events, while in meantime our biathlon federation will continue to search a 4th girl !!! :hyper:

 

she said it to our National TV

 

Spoiler

 

 

 

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For a long term bet contest:

 

Biathlon

 

1- Excluding relays, A. Kuzmina will start in at least one race during season 2019/20 (World Cup + WCH) [YES - 10]

 

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38 minutes ago, Dunadan said:

For a long term bet contest:

 

Biathlon

 

1- Excluding relays, A. Kuzmina will start in at least one race during season 2019/20 (World Cup + WCH) [YES - 10]

 

 

Well, sure there nothing 100% certain in this world, but in this matter it doesn´t look like a smart bet :d even in this video she clearly expressed no more individual starts, "maybe-likely" only in the W relays. (and even there I´m pretty sure not in all of them)

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19 minutes ago, hckosice said:

 

Well, sure there nothing 100% certain in this world, but in this matter it doesn´t look like a smart bet :d even in this video she clearly expressed no more individual starts, "maybe-likely" only in the W relays. (and even there I´m pretty sure not in all of them)

 

So many announcements from her and then she does the opposite of what she announced :p

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Dunadan said:

So many announcements from her and then she does the opposite of what she announced :p

 

haha, yes good point, but no, this time it looks trustworthy. Believe me, I´d be the first to be super happy if she´ll decide to compete (despite the fact she is former Russia, she is really considered as our national sports hero and is very popular here based on her various statements about Slovakia and how she is grateful this country helped her and offered her and to her family their new home and sports career possibilities, and ofc she is by far the most successful slovak winter olympian, and still our only winter olympic champion in history if we don´t count Ondrej Nepela who won gold in Sapporo 1972 for Czechoslovakia) :d but I think this time it´s already over, remember she wanted to finish after PyeongChang but our federation managed to persuade her to continue one more year, this time she said it´s over.

 

but she wants to show her gratitude for Slovakia and our biathlon once more and want and will try to help the relays :hug:

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