The World Championships of biathlon began this afternoon in Ruhpolding in Germany with the mixed relay. The best teams of every nation were lined up in spring conditions. Both girls had to make each a tour of 6km with two stops in the shooting, the boys had a run of 7,5km.
The French relay composed for the Team Rossignol with Marie-Laure Brunet, Marie Dorin-Habert and Martin Fourcade missed his appointment in spite of the good beginning. Marie-Laure (9/10 in the shooting) then Marie (10/10 in the shooting) was strong because Marie has given the relay in the lead to Simon Fourcade. But Simon cracks down in the shooting counting more than 2 minutes of delay when he gives the relay to Martin. This last one will not manage to catch up the accumulated delay and the French team ends 11th.
Norwayconserves his title of World Champion after receiving a time adjust because of a technical problem. Slovenia and Germany complete the podium.
Next event on Saturday: Sprint 10 km M (12:30) and Sprint 7,5 km W (15:30)
On Thursday, the World championships of biathlon begin to Ruhpolding in Germany with the mixed relay. Until March 11th, the best biathletes of the world are going to be in confrontation. Here is the composition of Team Rossignol and the schedule.
Florian Graf (GER), Marie-Laure Brunet (FRA), Marie Dorin (FRA), Sophie Boilley (FRA), Marine Bolliet (FRA), Martin Fourcade (FRA), Jean-Guillaume Beatrix (FRA), Rene-Laur Vuillermoz (ITA), Lukas Hofer (ITA), Dorothea Wierer (ITA), Jay Hakkinen (USA), Tim Burke (USA), Annelies Cook (USA), Sara Studebaker (USA), Simon Hallenbarter (SUI), Christian Stebler (SUI), Elisa Gasparin (SUI), Selina Gasparin (SUI), Carl-Johan Bergman (SWE), Anna-Karin Stroemstedt (SWE), Jean-Philippe Leguellec (CAN), Yolaine Oddou (CAN), Michal Slesingr (CZE), Zdenek Vitek (CZE), Serguei Sednev (UKR), Artem Pryma (UKR)
01-03-2012 : Mixed Relay 2x6 km W + 2x7,5 km M (15:30)
02-03-2012 : Off
03-03-2012 : Sprint 10 km M (12:30) and Sprint 7,5 km W (15:30)
04-03-2012 : Pursuit 12,5 km M (13:15) and Pursuit 10 km W (16:00)
05-03-2012 : Off
06-03-2012 : Individual 20 km M (15:15)
07-03-2012 : Individual 15 km W (15:15)
08-03-2012 : Off
09-03-2012 : Relay 4x7,5 km M (15:15)
10-03-2012 : Relay 4x6 km W (15:15)
11-03-2012 : Mass Start 15 km M (13:30) et Mass Start 12,5 km W (16:00)
Riders in this news : Martin FOURCADE
Rossignol Group is announcing the extension of Martin Fourcade's contract up to the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. On the eve of the Ruhpolding World Championships, the current biathlon World Cup leader is restating his faith in Rossignol.
Martin Fourcade: "I am very satisfied with the equipment, we are working closely with Rossignol to produce the best skis. This means I can concentrate on my preparation and training, and have the peace of mind of knowing the rest is being managed perfectly. It's also a pleasure to be working with a French company. I wanted to go on with the group when it was not doing so well, so it makes sense to stay with them when the business is doing better."
Sylvain Fanjas-Claret (Biathlon Manager): "This is great news for Rossignol's Nordic team. With his caliber and professionalism, Martin brings real positive energy into the development of new products. It's a pleasure to work with a champion of his standing."
With Martin Fourcade's signing of the new contract, the longstanding partnership between Rossignol Group and the brilliant athlete continues.
Bruno Cercley (Rossignol Group President): "At Rossignol we are all delighted to be continuing our incredible journey with Martin Fourcade. Not only does Martin have the capacity for physical and mental commitment that is found in the great Nordic champions, but he also has the ability to steer the continuous development of our equipment in a straightforward and precise way. We are honored by Martin's loyalty to our brand, our equipment and our staff. We have been working together in something very like a family atmosphere for many years, which is how we have been able to hoist ourselves up to the highest levels in the extremely demanding discipline of biathlon. The magnificent season that Martin is having has filled us with enthusiasm, and augurs well for extraordinary moments in the years to come."
Silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
Pursuit gold medalist at the 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk World Championships
Sprint silver medalist at the 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk World Championships
Mixed Relay bronze medalist at the 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk World Championships
Pursuit small globe winner in 2010
34 World Cup podiums
Riders in this news : Ida INGEMARSDOTTER
During the sprint of Szklarska Poreba in Poland, Ida Ingemarsdotter (Rossignol) dominates the race for the second time of her career. Victorious in Milano on January, the Swede ends ahead Maiken Caspersen Falla and Kikkan Randall.
Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE) : "I'm really satisfied. I did not feel good this morning. I thought I would be happy with a place in the finals. It was my plan to attack in the downhill. I wanted to be first in the sharp curve before the finishing straight. I was focused on the finish line and tried to do my best and I was hoping to keep the first place."
For the men, Johan Olsson finishes first of the 15km Classic. Rossignol Team realizes a good result together with Alexander Legkov 3rd, Ilia Chernousov 4th and Eldar Roenning 5th.
Alexander Legkov (RUS) :"It was a very hard race today. I am happy for my good result that I could come back after Rybinsk where I was back. It is good result for the overall World Cup standing. It was difficult to choose skis today. I was testing a lot and went for wax skis. Ilia is my friend and I am happy for his good result. We will divide the prize money. I am looking forward to the World Cup final in Falun. 50 km Classic in Oslo is not for me." (Source FIS)
Next stage in Lahti (Finland) at the beginning of March.
Riders in this news : Martin FOURCADE
Martin Fourcade : " Left at the head of the pursuit, I made a very good beginning of race to arrive in head together with Emil Svendsen during the last shooting ! The wind, the cold, the tiredness after two weeks of competition but also the stakes for the overall ranking pressed on this end of race. I take 2 penalties against 3 for Svendsen. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen realizes a run without fault and takes advantage of our errors to win his 94th victory in the World Cup! I end in second position 10 seconds behind the Norwegian to rise on my 9th podium of the winter! I return tomorrow morning in France for a few days of rest before leaving on Wednesday to Seefeld (Austria) to prepare the major event of the season, the World championships in Ruhpolding ".
Overall Ranking of the World Cup (13th February)
1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) with 774 points
2. Emil Svendsen (NOR) with 753 points
3. Andreas Birnbacher (GER) with 607 points
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