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Shooting ‘So Easy’ for Svendsen; Burke Top North American in Pokljuka Pursuit in 21st

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen on his way to a perfect 20-for-20 IBU World Cup pursuit, which he won on Saturday in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Emil Hegle Svendsen won his second race of the season on Saturday, again with perfect shooting, in the 12.5 k pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Cleaning was easier said than done, especially for the North American men, all of which had at least three misses.

In the Spotlight, Crawford Pulls Off Seventh in Pokljuka Pursuit; Domracheva Comes Out Strong (Updated)

Rosanna Crawford (Biathlon Canada) smiling for the camera before the start of the IBU World Cup 10 k pursuit on Saturday in Pokljuka, Slovenia. She started fourth and finished seventh.

Darya Domracheva was the big winner on Saturday in the IBU World Cup 10 k pursuit, but there were some personal victories Canadians Rosanna Crawford and Megan Heinicke achieved throughout the race as well. For one, Crawford clawed her way back into seventh after two early misses, and Heinicke went from 41st to 14th as one of two women to clean.

Shipulin Finds His Mojo in Pokljuka Sprint; Bailey Cleans for 16th

Friday's sprint winner, Anton Shipulin of Russia (l) stands up after catching France's Martin Fourcade at the finish. Fourcade started 30 seconds ahead of him and ultimately placed fourth.

Not only was Russia’s Anton Shipulin 100-percent on-target in the men’s IBU World Cup sprint on Friday, he was also the fastest, leading him to a nearly 12 second win over Austria’s Dominik Landertinger. All but one man (Martin Fourcade) in the top nine cleaned, and Lowell Bailey shot flawlessly as well for 16th.

Scott Gow Lands on Podium in ‘Perfect Day’ in Obertilliach; Vaillancourt Cleans for 7th

Men's 10 k sprint at the North American Rollerski Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

Scott Gow found himself on the podium just 1.6 seconds behind the winner of Friday’s 10 k sprint on the third day of racing at the IBU Cup in Obertilliach, Austria. Audrey Vaillancourt also shot clean to lead the Canadian women in seventh in the 7.5 k sprint.

Soukalova Back on Top in Pokljuka; Crawford One-Ups Herself with Fourth Place

The podium and flower ceremony, with Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic standing on the top step after winning her first World Cup of the season, and Canada's Rosanna Crawford (3rd from right) in fourth place. Photo: Tom Zidek.

Confidence builds on itself. Despite having a cold earlier this week, Rosanna Crawford took Sunday’s fifth-place finish on the biathlon World Cup and turned it into a fourth-place follow up, finishing the 7.5 k sprint 36 seconds behind winner Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic.

Dreissigacker Career-Best 17th in Pokljuka World Cup, Dunklee Joins Her in Top 20

Hannah Dreissigacker en route to 17th place in the World Cup sprint in Pokljuka, Slovenia, today. Photo: USBA/

Biathlon is a roller coaster, but the beauty is that lows can turn into highs: Hannah Dreissigacker wenf from placing 78th in her last World Cup competition to cleaning all ten targets and finishing 17th in today’s sprint, good for her first top-20. Susan Dunklee placed 19th with two penalties.

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada (Updated)

2014 IBU Junior World Championships pursuit (Photo: Katrina Howe)

Julia Ransom topped her previous IBU Cup career best of 11th, which she set on Tuesday, with clean shooting for seventh on Wednesday in the 7.5 k sprint in Obertilliach. Also for Canada, Christian Gow placed eighth, Scott Gow was 11th and Macx Davies 15th in the 10 k sprint.

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

Rosanna Crawford celebrates her IBU World Cup best: fifth place in the women's pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: Andrei Ivanov/Facebook)

After a career-best finish on Sunday, Canada’s Rosanna Crawford takes us through a typical week on the IBU World Cup and explains how and when she fits in intensity sessions, a.k.a. race prep.

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

Emma Lunder competing in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in March. Photo:

After the first race weekend of their European tour was canceled due to low snow, Canadian biathletes finally got started in Obertilliach, Austria, and started out hot: Emma Lunder and Julia Ransom placed 10th and 11th in the women’s 15 k individual, and Christian Gow 18th in the men’s race.

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Rosanna Crawford with coach Roddy Ward.Such a fun race today, I moved from 34th to 5th for a new personal best with 19-for-20 shooting

Rosanna Crawford had been thinking about this kind of performance for a long time, and even on Friday, after placing 34th in the Hochfilzen sprint, she predicted it was coming. She just didn’t think it would come on Sunday in the 10 k pursuit.

Fourcade Cleans When It Counts to Win Hochfilzen Pursuit; Burke Disappointed with 25th

France's Martin Fourcade celebrates the finish of Sunday's IBU World Cup 12.5 k pursuit in Hochfilzen, Austria, which he won by 4.1 seconds over Germany's Simon Schempp. (Photo: Martin Fourcade/Instagram)

Martin Fourcade was pretty pumped about his 12.5-kilometer pursuit win on Sunday on the last day of the Hochfilzen IBU World Cup in Austria. Like, eight exclamation points excited. “Yes!!!!!!!!” the two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion from […]

Canadian Men Tie Team-Best Sixth in Hochfilzen; Russia Drops Field by Last Lap

The Canadian men's 4 x 7.5 k relay, which tied a team-best sixth on Saturday at the IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Courtesy photo)

With a goal of a top eight on Saturday, the Canadians did two places better to tie a team-best sixth in the IBU World Cup men’s relay in Hochfilzen, Austria. Russia won it by 20 seconds over France, and Norway was another 7.7 seconds back in third.

With Clutch Prone, Preuss Clinches German Relay Victory in Hochfilzen; Canadian Women 11th

The Canadian women's relay team after placing 11th on Saturday: (from left to right) Rosanna Crawford, Audrey Vaillancourt, Sarah Beaudry, and Megan Heinicke. (Photo: Rosanna Crawford)

For three out of the four legs in the IBU World Cup women’s 4 x 6-kilometer relay on Saturday in Hochfilzen, Austria, it could’ve been anyone’s game, especially Russia’s, Germany’s, Poland’s and the Czech Republic’s. All four were within 40 […]

Sick Earlier This Week, Mäkäräinen Rolls to Second-Straight Win; Dunklee 29th

Susan Dunklee on her way to 29th in Friday's 7.5 k sprint at the IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. Dunklee missed one prone and one standing. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Down a quart heading into the IBU World Cup #2 in Hochfilzen, Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen rallied to win Friday’s sprint by more than 10 seconds. Susan Dunklee led the U.S. in 29th and Canada’s Rosanna Crawford was another 5 seconds back in 34th.

Thingnes Bø Pulls Out Fast-and-Flawless Hochfilzen Sprint; Burke Goes ‘All Out’

Tim Burke racing to 13th in the men's 10 k sprint at the IBU World Cup on Friday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Tim Burke put it all on the line and missed a single target — his last one — for 13th in Friday’s 10 k sprint on the first day of the Hochfilzen IBU World Cup. Also for the U.S., Lowell Bailey shot clean for 17th.

Breaking: WADA To Launch Major Investigation of Russian Doping Allegations


A transcript (find a link inside) of the German documentary which exposed systematic doping in Russia reveals an even worse situation than imagined: how easy it is to purchase cheap EPO without a prescription; how Russian officials threaten that any athlete who goes to the press might “have an accident”. Plus, we talk to Lowell Bailey, Nathan Smith, and Max Cobb about the situation.

Weekly Roundup: Lillehammer Mini Tour, Östersund and Bozeman

A pumped Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway) after winning the men's 15 k classic pursuit for the overall Lillehammer mini-tour title on Sunday in Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

The first individual IBU World Cup race took place a week ago in Östersund and wrapped up this past Sunday. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Sweden and at home in Canmore, to the Lillehammer mini tour and nordic-combined competitions, and second U.S. SuperTour stop in Bozeman, Mont.

Photos Gallery: Biathlon NorAm / WYJC Trials Mass Starts in Canmore

Patrick Johnson (Far West Elite Team/Auburn Ski Club) in the men's race.

Photos from an exciting day of mass start racing in Canmore, Alberta, on Sunday. American and Canadian men and women contested NorAms, and Canada also used the youth and junior categories as selection trials for age-group championships in Minsk, Belarus, this winter.

After Warm Spell, World Cup Field Leaves Östersund Minus a Few Pounds of Ski Base

Canada's Nathan Smith racing to ninth in Saturday's IBU World Cup 10 k sprint in Östersund, Sweden. Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus.

Emil Hegle Svendsen talked about throwing out his skis; Ole Einar Bjørndalen didn’t use his best. Nathan Smith hopes for stonegrinding before the next World Cup and Susan Dunklee’s skis might go back to Fischer for care. One thing is certain: Östersund did a number on skis. How do you come back from that?

Fourcade on Fire with Back-to-Back Wins in Östersund; Smith Drops from 3rd to 16th

The men's 12.5 k pursuit podium in Östersund, Sweden, with France's winner Martin Fourcade (c), Russia's Anton Shipulin (l) in second and Norway's  Emil Hegle Svendsen in third. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Martin Fourcade came out firing, missing several of his targets on Sunday, but pulling off a 10-second victory in the men’s 12.5 k pursuit on the last day of the Östersund World Cup nonetheless. Canada’s Nathan Smith cleaned three stages to reach the top three, but missed three on his last stage to finish 16th.