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Biathlete Lindström Tops Swedish Ski Field in Bruks 15 k; Kalla Dominant in 52-Second Win

Frederik Lindström racing at a biathlon World Cup in 2012. Today, he raced without a rifle on his back for the first time in six years - and came out on top. Photo: Fischer/nordicfocus.com.

Fredrik Lindström, a biathlon World Championships medalist, hadn’t done a ski race in six years. But he beat out the Swedish national ski team in the Bruksvallarna 15 k, and had them joking about adding him to a relay team. In the women’s 10 k, Charlotte Kalla skied to a 52-second win over Maria Rydqvist.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wily Bjørndalen Tops Field in Sjusjøen Mass Start with Monster Last Lap to Catch Birkeland

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Curved ski poles and all, Ole Einar Bjørndalen picked up his first win of the season. The 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete showed nerves of steel with a clean final shooting stange, then kicked it in on the last lap of the Sjusjøen mass start and pass teammate Lars Helge Birkeland.

Wierer Stakes Her Claim with Another Convincing Win in Sjusjøen

Dorothea Wierer (right) scored her first World Cup podium in Pokljuka, Slovenia, last season; today she won the season-opening (non World Cup) sprint in Sjusjøen, Norway. Photo: Fischer/NordiFocus.

Not just a flash in the pan, Italy’s Dorothea Wierer outshot Tiril Eckhoff of Norway for her second straight victory in the season-opening races in Sjusjøen, Norway, today.

Os in From Left Field at Sjusjøen Season Opener; Simon Fourcade 2nd

Alexander Os interviewed by Norway's NRK television station after winning the biathlon sprint in Sjusjøen today.

Norwegian veteran Alexander Os, whose last good season (by his own estimation) was in 2008-09, has been training independently for years – and shot to the top in the men’s biathlon season opener today. Simon Fourcade of France was second and Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen of Norway third.

Biathlon Canada Wraps Up Trials, Selects World Cup and IBU Cup Teams

Nathan Smith racing to his second-straight win in two races at Biathlon Canada's World Cup/IBU Cup trials in Canmore, Alberta, which determined Canada's teams for World Cups 1, 2 and 3 this winter. Smith was prequalified. (Photo: Justin Brisbane)

Canadian World Cup and IBU selection races wrapped up Friday at Frozen Thunder, with a second-straight sprint determining which eight men and eight women would start the season on the World Cup or IBU Cup. Four were prequalified.

Wierer on Top, Italians Impress at the Norwegian Season Opener

Anais Bescond of France leads a train of competitors in a 2012 World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany.

With Dorothea Wierer posting a 37-second win and Karin Oberhofer placing third, the Italian women started the biathlon season with a bang in Sjusjøen today. Norway, led by Tiril Eckhoff in second place, was still the strongest and deepest team, however.

Court of Arbitration for Sport Cuts Sachenbacher-Stehle Sentence to Six Months

Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle leaving the range during the 2014 Olympic mass start race. She placed fourth, but was later disqualified after testing positive for a prohibted stimulant. Her ban was reduced from two years to six months, so she will return to competition.

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle appealed the IBU’s 2-year ban for testing positive for a prohibited stimulant, which she argued was ingested accidentally in a supplement. The Court of Arbitration for sport agreed, saying that a six-month suspension was sufficient. Six months is up and the star can return to competition.

Smith, Crawford Win Opening Sprints of Canadian World Cup/IBU Cup Trials in Canmore (Updated)

Rosanna Crawford racing to the win in Monday's distance race at Frozen Thunder in Canmore, Alberta. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

Temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius didn’t keep Canada’s top biathletes from contending for spots on the World Cup and IBU Cup on Thursday, with Nathan Smith and Rosanna Crawford topping the competition in the opening sprints of trials at the Canmore Nordic Center.

Bjørndalen Awarded Best Male Athlete of 2014 Sochi Olympics

Ole Einar Bjørndalen, 40, receiving his award for Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Norwegian Athletic Association) http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.idrett.no%2Fnyheter%2FSider%2FOle-Einar-Bjorndalen-mottok-prisen-for-beste-mannlige-utover-i-Sotsji-OL-2014.aspx&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8

Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time this past winter in Sochi, Russia, was awarded Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Olympics on Friday in Bangkok.

Latvian Olympic Biathlete Tests Positive for Anabolic Steroids

Edgars Piksons (Photo: IBU)

Latvian biathlete Edgars Piksons, a 2006 and 2010 Olympian, has tested positive for a metabolite of the most commonly used anabolic steroids. The International Biathlon Union is referring his case to its Anti-Doping Hearing Panel.

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

Annelies Cook during the 7.5 k sprint at the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships, also the first set of USBA World Cup trials, on Aug. 16 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Scott Perras (l) with Devon Kershaw on his heels in Monday's Frozen Thunder distance race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

Frozen Thunder before opening day on Oct. 18. (Photo: CCC/Facebook)

Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”

Six U.S. Biathletes Receive National Team Promotions

Clare Egan competing at Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, earlier this summer. The Craftsbury Green Racing Project athlete received a promotion from the U.S. Biathlon Association's Development Team to its X Team.

Clare Egan and Max Durtschi have been promoted to the highest rung of U.S. Biathlon’s Development structure, while Patrick Johnson, Kelsey Dickinson, Jakob Ellingson, and Paul Schommer have joined the Development Group.

After Skiing Success, Johnson Sets Eyes on 2018 Games – In Biathlon

Patrick Johnson of the Far West Elite Team rollerskiing at the Auburn Ski Club in June. Johnson recently switched his focus to biathlon. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

After moving to Truckee, California, a little over a year ago to join the Far West Elite Team, Patrick Johnson has picked up biathlon. Now a member of USBA’s Development Team, he has his sights set on IBU Cup racing this year and hopefully an Olympics in the future.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: The Men

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen (l) celebrates a photo-finish victory over France's Martin Fourcade (r) in the men's 15 k mass start at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Martin Fourcade has mono and Emil Hegle Svendsen lacks motivation. Will new superstars break through this season? The men’s World Cup field has been heating it up this summer with a YouTube shooting challenge, showing that they are just as on-target as ever.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: Ladies’ Landscape Changes

Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Finland's IBU Overall World Cup champion, with her crystal globe at the IBU's Trophie Night. (Photo: IBU/Evegeny Tumashov)

Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!

Burke, Dunklee Edge Teammates in Whiteface Footrace (with Photo Gallery)

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“You know we do other workouts,” Tim Burke says with a laugh more than halfway up the 4,867-foot Whiteface Mountain. Minutes before, the U.S. biathlete completed Tuesday’s big effort in 13 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing about 1,300 feet higher than he started for a new record in the hill climb named after him.

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

Max Cobb, who besides acting as CEO of USBA also chaired the International Biathlon Union's Technical Committee, receives a hug from a fellow official after U.S. athlete Susan Dunklee placed fifth in the 2012 World Championships.

U.S. Biathlon’s Max Cobb also chaired the IBU Technical Committee for the past several years – and he just passed rule changes at the IBU Congress that include a system-wide qualification points system and added Wild Card entries to major events. “People voted in favor of a more fair, open, and sporting system – I was really gratified,” Cobb said.