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So if any of you are interested in statistics, the mathematical discipline, here is a very interesting analysis of the Women's Pursuit Competitions from last season. I will be honest, but Math was never my strong point, but this is a pretty interesting read.
I agree that Haecki can be very frustrating to watch, and that Selina Gasparin is nearing the end, but they do seem to have the youth and junior structure figured out for the time being. Amy Baserga will be 20 in September and she won the Junior Cup total by almost 100 points. Lea Meier was 28th in the Cup standings and is only 19. The men also had Niklas Hartweg win the Junior Cup by 80 points over Cisar. Now we have seen that over the years not all can make the jump to the WC stage. But If Baserga can continue her improvement, and Haecki and have the lows not so low, they could still have a decent team.
So a few articles about the IBU World Championship bids. Swiss-Ski announce plans to turn Lenzerheide into "biathlon hot-spot" - Although this article does not mention it, I wonder how the rise of the Swiss Women's team has helped create this decision. It is also interesting to see if Lenzerheide gets World Cup hosting chances. Raubichi has excellent chance of hosting World Biathlon Championship in 2025 - Belarus feels pretty good about the 2025 coming to them. Nove Mesto na Morave ready to get 2024 - I love how they want to not say that it is theirs yet, but as the only bidder, it is theirs.
It has, that one is for the larger/longer one. I appreciate it. COVID19 has helped and hurt. I can not travel anywhere nor can I get anything from other libraries, but is has allowed me to work on what I do have, and can access. So good and bad.
Yes, the IBU has been very helpful. I only had to send one e-mail and got a great response. Subsequent e-mails have helped been quickly answered. Right now I am actually working on a relatively short term paper on Swiss Biathlon (more there than you might think) and a longer term one on the USBA. Lots of really interesting things there. The Swiss biathlon paper should be published in November.
I also wonder if there is a thought process in the IBU that goes like this. We will try a venue with the IBU Junior/Youth Cups ... if successful, we will "promote" you to consideration for IBU Cup/ events... if successful, promotion to WC events. If successful. World Championships.
Watch me try and bring this thread back to biathlon. The last Biathlon World Championships was back in 1994 at Canmore. Lake Placid had it back in 1987 and 1973. Do you think we will see the World Championships outside of Europe in the next 15 years? I know that in 2023 Lake Placid is hosting the World University Games, a step back into the limelight for them? They are putting a decent amount of money into the biathlon venue there. That would make 4 potential venues in the US and 2 in Canada. Also as an aside, I sat in on a USBA zoom meeting (with permission) they are moving to a more regional concept with Biathlon Canada, and the Nordic Tour. They want the biathletes to race in Nordic races as well as biathlon ones. The races will be more localized to increase participation instead of trying to do a race series over the entire continent.
What is interesting though now, the Olympics have at least swung towards a more sustainable model, which Sion and Valais would support more, at least in theory. Sorry for the diversion into Olympic politics. I would love to see the bids. I wonder if Nova Mesto has written into its bid that if they win 2024, they pull out of 2025? I would assume so.
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