News52,000 Spectators Watched Biathlon Show Race

FasterSkierJanuary 1, 2005

Olympic Champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Liv Kjersti Eikeland of Norway won a biathlon mixed-relay show race at the German Bundeslige Schalke’s soccer stadium on Tuesday. A record 52,000 spectators at the sold-out stadium watched the race that was also showed live on television.

Most of the skiing occurred outside the stadium, while the shooting was done indoor inside the stadium.

– This was the greatest thing I have ever experienced, said Liv Kjersti Eikeland after the race where she and Bjorndalen crushed their competitors.

Bjorndalen was happy too, despite experiencing stomach-cramps during the race.

The French team of Vincent Defrasne and Sandrine Bailly was second and Tomasz Sikora and Magdalena Gwizdon was third.

The first place team got $14,000 Euro (US $19,000)

The relay was done in an 1150-meter long loop and each team skied 15 laps. The winning time was roughly 50 minutes and the winning margin 39 seconds.

12 teams from 8 nations participated in the race. It was pouring rain outside the stadium, but the shooting was done indoor at the stadium.


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