One early miss didn’t bog Dorothea Wierer down. Coming off a podium in Friday’s sprint, the Italian raced to her third-career IBU World Cup victory in Saturday’s mass start, by 20 seconds over France’s Marie Dorin Habert. The lone North American in the women’s mass start, Susan Dunklee missed 10 targets to place 30th.
Fifty kilometers might seem like plenty of time to ease into a race, but especially in a World Cup race like Holmenkollen, those days are over. “It’s a battle from the start now,” Canada’s Devon Kershaw explained. His teammate Alex Harvey led the North Americans in 20th, Kershaw placed 23rd, Noah Hoffman of the U.S. was 24th, Graeme Killick of Canada 30th, and U.S. skier Scott Patterson 32nd.
Canadian biathlete Megan Tandy was set to race her first home-turf World Cup, before a fall on a morning jog left her with a broken wrist. Now her season is over and, having not yet met Sport Canada carding criteria, she’s unsure if she will be able to continue her career. “Iʼm not going to give up on another two years without a fight,” she said.
The story of why one citizens skier trekked six hours (each way) for a race in a southern port city of Alaska. “Sometimes it’s important to travel for five days so that you can spend less than two hours racing, but do so on a course that goes from a mountain overlook to the shores of the Pacific Ocean,” the author explains.
Martin Fourcade and the rest of the top three agree, something about racing in Canmore is hard. “None of us felt they were skiing really fast,” Germany’s third-place finisher Simon Schempp said. He finished more than 18 seconds behind Fourcade and 3 seconds out of second, which went to Russia’s Anton Shipulin.
An athlete is provisionally suspended after their “A” sample tested positive for either an insulin-mimicking drug or for mildronate, both of which were added to the Prohibited List on January 1. However the IBU hasn’t named the athlete and made the strange move of saying that the finding is “not considered a positive doping case”.
Norway’s Petter Northug showed his versatility as an all-rounder, winning Wednesday’s classic sprint in Drammen, Norway. His quick double pole and quicksilver skate skis won out the day. The U.S. Ski Team’s Simi Hamilton placed 11th overall while Canada’s Alex Harvey posted his second-best sprint result of the season in 20th.
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“It was a tough decision,” TD John Aalberg told FasterSkier. “But we wanted to prove a point or put it on the agenda: if everybody starts to double pole, and if you loosen up the rules at the same time, that’s the end of classic skiing.” The race jury released video of the infractions to the public.
Cendrine Browne used home-course advantage to command the women’s classic individual start and freestyle pursuit last weekend at the NorAm at Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec. She won the latter by nearly a minute and a half. Meanwhile, Bob Thompson led an NDC Thunder Bay podium sweep on Saturday, and Andy Shields skied away to the pursuit win on Sunday.
It was a stretch to reach the podium, but the Canadian team of Teo Sanchez, Adam Runnalls, and Zachari Bolduc were in contention until late in the youth men’s 3 x 7.5 k relay at World Championships, ultimately finishing fifth. The American men placed 15th. The Canadian women were 10th in the 3 x 6 k relay and the American women 16th.
Sean Doherty’s just like any 20 year old, except that he has 10 biathlon world junior titles to his name and won the last race of his junior career in Romania on Sunday. “I get nervous just like any other human,” he explained. “There’s a lot of pressure for these races I just did, and I’m really happy with how I performed with it all, but it’s something that’s not that easy to deal with.”