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Sochi so far: Biathlon Royalty!

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Phew! A rest day for biathlon today and just in time for me to calm down a bit from my ridiculous over excitement and keep you up to date with what’s been happening. We have had 4 races so far – 2 Sprints and 2 Pursuits. Unless you have been on a trip to the moon or deep under the ocean you will have heard by now that the King of Biathlon Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won the Men’s Sprint race on Saturday. His highness claimed his 12th Olympic medal and equalled the record of his fellow countryman Bjorn Daehlie. The Women’s Sprint was won by Queen Kuzmina who successfully defended her Olympic title from Vancouver.

The Prince and Princess of Pursuit were Martin Fourcade and Darya Domracheva who both showed amazing ski speed and backed it up with highly accurate marksmanship to take their first ever gold medals. The other medallists so far have been Dominik Landertinger and Jaroslav Soukup who took silver and bronze in the Sprint. Soukup’s achievement was all the more amazing after recovering from an arm injury that doctor’s thought might mean he would never ski competitively again. Well he showed them!

In the Women’s Sprint silver and bronze went to Olga Vilukhina, who pleased the home crowd, and Vita Semerenko. The other Pursuit medals went to Ondrej Moravec and Jean Guilliame Beatrix and for the women Tora Berger and Teja Gregorin who won Slovenia’s first ever medal in Olympic biathlon.

The Czech Republic are having a great games so far with 2 medals for the men in 2 races and are looking very good to win more in the relays. Gabriela Soukalova looks back on form in the Pursuit coming from 29th to finish 4th. France have also done well again with 2 medals from 2 races and a very good Pursuit performance from young Simon Destheiux who went from 46th to 21st. They will be difficult to beat in the Men’s Relay.

On the other hand Norway’s Crown Princes, Svendsen and the Boe brothers, have been a little bit off the pace. They haven’t raced competitively since Ruhpolding but will no doubt come in to form for the latter races. The German team haven’t performed very well either with the exception of Schempp but will still be in with a chance especially in the relays.

The Olympics can bring out the best in people. Even thought they might not win a medal for it some of the biathletes have been performing really well. JP Le Guellec finished 5th in the Sprint an improvement on 6th place in Vancouver and he was leading the Pursuit race up until his unfortunate fall on that treacherous corner. Tobias Arwidson of Sweden outperformed his much more experienced countrymen Ferry and Bergman by being one of only two men to shoot clear in the Pursuit – the other being silver medallist Moravec. You also have to feel for Anton Shipulin who came so close to a medal in the Sprint at his home games. Hopefully he will get something from the remaining races.

For the women Karin Oberhofer and Dorothea Weirer of Italy did exceptionally well in the Sprint finishing 4th and 6th. Anais Bescond had a great race finishing in 5th and Switzerland’s Elisa Gasparin finished 8th beating her big sister Selina. In the Pursuit Ann Kristin Flatland made up a lot of places finishing 9th from a start bib of 24 and Olga Zaitseva showed some encouraging form coming from 28th to finish 11th. Sunsan Dunklee has also been breaking all kinds of US records finishing 14th in the Sprint and 18th in the Pursuit.

Tomorrow is the Men’s Individual and then it’s the Women’s turn on Friday. I am not even going to try and predict any medallists as it’s a difficult one to call with the 1 minute penalty per missed target. The gold medals in Sochi so far have been dominated by biathlon’s royalty but can anyone beat them in the next races? You will just have to watch and see!

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Ferry Good!

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Biathlete, environmentalist, gold medal winner, father, part time Christmas tree decorator and M16 Quartermaster, Björn Ferry is one of the most unique characters currently on the World Cup Tour. Born on August 1st 1978 in Stensele, Sweden he began competing internationally in World Cup competitions in 2001.

However it took him about 6 years to win his first international race in the 2007/2008 season. He then went on to win gold in the mixed relay event at the Biathlon World Championships in 2007, bronze in the mixed relay in 2010 and silver in the Mass Start in 2012. He also won an Olympic Gold in the Pursuit event in Vancouver 2010 coming from an 8th place start to take the victory.

Married to multiple World Championship winning arm wrestler Heidi Andersson, Bjorn now has a young son and lives in Storuman in the North of Sweden. His love of the environment and in particular his “deep rooted” love of trees led him to buy some land with its own forest and so he can indulge in one of his favourite activities- counting trees! His lists his other interests as hunting, heavy metal music and politics as well as his strong beliefs on the environment.

Ferry has never been scared of sharing his opinion and has been especially outspoken on the subject of doping within the sport. He was highly critical of the Russian athletes in 2009 and made his feelings pretty clear at the last Olympics on what he felt about people caught doping

Last season wasn’t the best for Ferry or indeed any of the Swedish team. With no wins all season and no podium in their home race in Ostersund the Swedish coach unsurprisingly resigned. With only 1 medal in Nove Mesto coming from Lindstrom, a bronze in the Individual, what are Ferry and the team’s hopes in Sochi?

Well you don’t just become a bad athlete overnight and everyone can have a difficult season. Finishing 6th in the Individual standings last year and current holder of an Olympic gold you can’t rule Bjorn out of an individual medal in Sochi. Elsewhere there may be chances of a medal in the Relay event too as there is still a lot of talent in the Swedish squad. Don’t forget that that Björn is still a Ferry Good biathlete!

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