When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Or as we say at Biathlon23 HQ when the world gives you a global pandemic, get your best ever points score! That’s right biathlete23 performs best in adversity – it’s coached into them you know! 😉
For anyone unfamiliar with Biathlete23 (where have you been?!) this blog follows the results of whichever biathlete happens to be in bib23 for each race. It treats them like one athlete and adds up the score to see how this biathlete would have performed over the year.
So far in Biathlete23 ‘s career:
Year 1: 802 points
Year 2: 948 points
Year 3: 760 points
Year 4: 921 points
Year 5: 774 points
Year 6: 730 points (3 fewer races)
This year the total points scored was 957! The men scored 473 points which would have put biathlete23 in 20th position in the total score. In fact biathlete23 and Antonin Guigonnat had the exact same points! On the women’s side biathlete23 scored 484 points and would have been 16th on the total score between Justine Braisaz-Bouchet and Lisa Vittozzi! Not bad company!
The season got off to an incredible start in Kontiolahti when Quentin Fillon Maillet was 4th in the indiviudual. Then Dorothea Wierer won the women’s race in bib23! Amazing! It’s the first time biathlete23 has won a race on the opening day of the season! Uliana Kaisheva and Anton Smolski were 26th and 7th in the sprint to make it 125 points in 4 races.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Tarjei Boe won the sprint in the second set of Kontiolahti races! Un’boe’lievable! Two wins in two rounds is unheard of for biathlete23! Aita Gasparin was 32nd in the women’s sprint but Jeremy Finello and Anna Magnusson both finished outside the points in the pursuits to leave bib23 with 69 points.
Next it was on to Hochfilzen for two more rounds of World Cup action. In the first sprint Iryna Kryuko was 17th and Andrejs Rastorgujevs 36th while Philipp Horn was 20th in the pursuit and Irina Kazakevich was 14th. That gave a total of 77 points.
In the second Hochfilzen sprints Emilien Jacquelin was 8th but Paulina Fialkova was 80th! Benedikt Doll was 13th and Denise Herrmann was 9th in the pursuits. In the mass starts Jesper Nelin was 27th and Darya Blashko was 23rd. That meant a total of 118 points in all.
Oberhof also hosted two rounds after Christmas. Justine Braisaz-Bouchet was 9th in the sprint and Christian Gow was 29th. Selina Gasparin was 17th in the pursuit and Philipp Horn 29th. It was another 80 points for biathlete23.
In the second round in Oberhof Andrejs Rastorgujevs was 12th and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland was 8th in the sprints. In the mass starts Sergey Bocharnikov was 21st and Dunja Zdouc was 25th. 95 points were added to the tally.
Antholz was next and there were no points scored in the individuals by Maren Hammerschmidt and Eduard Latypov. Dunja Zdouc was 23rd in the mass start and Latypov redeemed himself finishing 20th. It was just 37 points gained in Italy.
It was time for the World Championships in Pokljuka and it was home favourite Jakov Fak who was first out in the sprint and he took a great 6th place. In the women’s race it was Anais Chevalier-Bouchet racing in bib23 and she only went and came second! A silver medal! Amazing!
Dmytro Pidruchnyi was 28th in the pursuit and Michela Carrara was 38th. In the individuals Simon Desthieux was 28th and so was Ekaterina Avvakummova! In the mass starts Alexander Loginov was 9th and Darya Blashko was 29th. Points were scored in every race bringing a total of 138!
Nove Mesto came next also hosting two World Cup rounds. In the first one Darya Blashko was 16th in the sprint and Erik Lesser was 14th. Vanessa Hinz was 11th in the pursuit and Alexander Loginov was 19th. 104 more points for biathlete23.
The second weekend did no go so well! There were no points for Felix Leitner or Lena Haecki in the sprints. Galina Vishnevskaya scored nothing in the pursuit but Jesper Nelin saved the day in 33rd. Biathlete23 left with just 8 points.
The final round of the season was in Oestersund. Clare Egan missed the points in the sprint but Felix Leitner was 20th. Franziska Preuss was 6th in the pursuit and Eduard Latypov was 18th. In the final races of the season Dunja Zdouc was 23rd and Dmytro Pidruchnyi was 27th. It was a final score of 106 points to round off the season and make it a record breaker!
It was a stellar season for biathlete23 with 2 wins and a silver World Championship medal. Could it be better next season? With the Olympics on the cards who knows? Maybe biathlete23 could add another Olympic gold to the trophy case!
And remember if you love all the biathletes the same and you can’t pick a favourite consider supporting biathlete23 in each race! You won’t regret it! 😉
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