With racing taking a break for the day in Ruhpolding, Germany, here’s a gallery from the kickoff race, yesterday’s mixed relay. Norway took the win followed by Slovenia and Germany. Click any photo to enlarge.
World Champions (l-r): Tora Berger, Synnøve Solemdal, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, and Emil Hegle Svendsen.
Norway, along with the other teams, awaits the podium ceremony.
Roland Lessing of Estonia sporting the white piece of paper that shielded many shooters from the sun.
The Slovenian biathlon team of Klemen Bauer, Teja Gregorin, Andreja Mali, and Jakov Fak after winning silver in the 2012 World Championships mixed relay in Ruhpolding, Germany.
The Norwegian team mobs Emil Hegle Svendsen after he crosses the with a win for his team.
Tim Burke taking over for the U.S.
Andrea Birnbacher (GER), about to take the lead.
Susan Dunklee (USA) on the warpath.
Marie Dorin (FRA) leading the race after four stages.
Zina Kocher (CAN) after receiving her tag.
Mari Laukkanen (FIN) and Barbora Tomesova (CZE) starting the second leg of the relay.
Tora Berger (NOR) leaves the range first after the standing stage.
Sara Studebaker (USA) and Andrea Henkel (GER) in the mixed relay at 2012 World Championships.
Marie-Laure Brunet (FRA) is the first woman out of the range after the first stage.
Russia’s Olga Vilukhina leads the women out of the start.