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Sebastian Stalder: The Interview!

Sebastian Stalder is a Swiss biathlete from Wald. The 22-year-old started biathlon in 2012 and made his debut on the World Cup in 2018. Last season he competed in the Junior Cup, the IBU Cup and the World Cup. His best result came at the Junior World Championships where he took the bronze medal in the individual race.

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Why did you become a biathlete?

I was a cross country skier until I was 14, then I tried something new and I was talented in shooting. At 16 years old I had to decide, biathlon was way more interesting for me, so my decision was correct. Sometimes I miss racing in classic technique, but I’ve never regretted changing.

You won the bronze medal in Lenzerheide in the individual. Tell us about the race and what it was like to get a medal at your home track?

It was a very special day, there were so many people and it was freaking loud on the whole track. I never saw something like that before. In the last standing shooting I missed one shot, but the whole audience cheered for me on the last lap, so I got strength again for the last uphills until I was across the finish line. I was very happy about this third place and I finally won a medal at a junior world championships.

How do you assess the rest of last season? What was good and what was bad?

It was an up and down. There were some good races but also bad ones. My personal highlight of this season, was the WC relay in Nove Mesto. It was my first World Cup relay ever and I had to start on first position for team Switzerland. My prone shooting was one of the best I’ve ever done and for a few seconds I led the race. At the end the Swiss team finished in 9th position.

How do you feel about the IBU Cup now starting in January? Do you have to change your preparations/training for the season?

I won’t change my preparations. If I’m in good shape in November there is a chance to start in the World Cup. If not then there are some small competitions called “Alpencup”. I would start in this series until the IBU Cup starts.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

My biggest strength is maybe my shooting, it’s not always perfect but mostly the targets get clean.

But sometimes the shooting is also my weakness, I want to do it much too fast and then you can see me in the penalty loop.

What are your goals for this season?

I want to be a part of the Swiss World Cup team, do some good races and catch some World Cup points.

Who is your roommate on tour and do they have any bad habits (eg. snoring) or good habits (eg. tidy)?

It’s different, sometimes I’m with Nico Salutt and the next time with Sandro Bovisi.

One of them can play guitar very good but he is talking at night. The other is snoring when we take an after lunch nap (only then), but for that he’s more orderly than the other.

You are having a dinner party with 3 other biathletes. Who would you invite and why? What’s on the menu?

Many of us live in Lenzerheide, when there is enough time, we try to cook together once a week. So mostly we are about 6-8 persons. The menu is different, but often we eat Fajitas, because everyone likes it and it’s easy to serve.

What are your hobbies?

Trying new things on my rifle to get faster on the shooting range and netflix.

Do you have a favourite biathlon track? Where is it and why?

Of course Lenzerheide, the track includes everything. I like the shooting range and I did some good races there.

Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?

Johannes Thingnes Bø, he is simply a great sportsman on and off the track.

Does your rifle have a name?

No, but I built it myself.

Describe yourself in three words.

Ambitious, quiet, always motivated


Quick fire choices:

Choose one:

skiing or shooting? shooting

prone or standing? prone
against the clock or head to head racing? head to head
uphill or downhill? uphill
morning or night? morning
sun or snow? snow
roller skiing or cycling? cycling

alcohol or chocolate? chocolate

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Dzmitry Lazouski: The Interview!

Dzmitry Lazouski is a biathlete from Belarus. He was born on the 9th of September 1998 in Minsk. His best finish to date on the World Cup came in the sprint in Nove Mesto in 2018/19 when he was 47th. Last season he won the bronze medal in the sprint at the Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide and was 4th in the pursuit. At the Summer World Championships held at his home track in Raubichi in 2019 he won both the junior sprint and pursuit titles.

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Why did you become a biathlete?

I became a biathlete by accident, I went with friends for the company and I liked it.

How do you assess last season? What was good and what was bad?

I can rate the last season as 7 out of 10. It turned out that I came up to the main start in good shape, and only sometimes my skis were bad.

What are your plans for summer training? Has the corona virus affected the plans or the way you train?

The virus did not affect the training plan, but prevented us from going to the mountains.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

It is difficult to say which side is my weak and which is my strong side. There are still many aspects to work on.

Who is your roommate on tour and do they have any bad habits (eg. snoring) or good habits (eg. tidy)?

We live permanently with Anton Smolski. He has no bad sides 😅.

You are having a dinner party with 3 other biathletes. Who would you invite and why? What’s on the menu?

I would call the guys with whom I communicate well. On the menu would be: Draniki (potato pancakes), Margarita pizza and fish steaks.

Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?

Emil Svendsen was my childhood idol. He looks very funny in life and is very collected at the races.

Does your rifle have a name?

No, my rifle does not have a specific name.

Describe yourself in three words.

Kind, sympathetic and probably crazy about sports.

Quick fire choices:

skiing or shooting? Skiing.
prone or standing? Prone
uphill or downhill? Uphill.
morning or night? Morning.
roller skiing or cycling? Bicycle
alcohol or chocolate? Better chocolate 😅.

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Junior World Champs: Lenzerheide 2020!

The Junior World Championships got underway on the 27th of January with the Individual event. The men raced first and it was Germany’s Max Barchewitz who took the first gold medal. He shot the perfect 20/20 to become the World Champion.

The silver medal went to Vebjoern Soerum who hit 18/20 and bronze went to Switzerland’s Sebastian Stadler who hit 19/20 to give the home nation a medal.

In the women’s race it was Russia’s Anastasiia Khaliullina who triumphed with the perfect shoot hitting all 20 targets. The silver went to Milena Todorova of Bulgaria who shot 17/20 and bronze went to Amy Baserga of Switzerland for their second medal of the day.

The relay races were next on the schedule on the 29th. For the Junior men it was Russia who took gold for the 6th year in a row despite a penalty loop! The team of Kirill Bazhin, Daniil Serokhvostov, Vadim Istamgulov and Said Khalili still finished 20 seconds ahead of Germany who took the silver medal and they only needed 3 spares! Max Barchewitz, Tim Grotian, Julian Hollandt and Danilo Riethmuller finished ahead of the French team of Thomas Biffraz, Guillaume Desmus, Martin Bourgeois Republique and Sebastian Mahon who used 10 spares to win bronze.

In the women’s relay it was France who won the gold medal. Camille Bened, Laura Boucaud, Lou Anne Chevat and Paula Botet needed 8 spares to claim victory. Russia took the silver medal with the team of Anastasiia Khaliullina, Anastasiia Goreeva, Aline Kudisova and Anastasia Shevchenko taking a penalty loop. Norway took the bronze with Aasne Skrede, Mari Wetterhus, Marthe Johansen and Juni Arnekleiv using 6 spares.

The men’s sprint was the next competition to take place on Saturday the 1st of February. It was won by Vebjoern Soerum of Norway who hit 9/10 to claim the gold medal. 25 seconds behind him was Jakub Stvrtecky who hit 10/10 for silver and Dzmitry Lazouski took bronze also hitting all 10.

The women’s sprint went to Russia with Anastasia Shevchenko hitting all ten targets to get the gold. Aasne Skrede gave bib23 a silver medal (and Norway of course) with 1 miss. The bronze went to Milena Todorova who missed 3 targets but had the superior ski speed.

Finally on Sunday we had the pursuit races. Germany’s Danilo Reithmuller struck gold hitting 17/20 to move from 7th to 1st. The silver went to Said Khalili who in spite of 5 misses still went from 5th to 2nd. Third place and the bronze medal went to Slovenia with Alex Cisar hitting 19/20 to go from 11th to the final spot on the podium.

None of the men from the sprint could stay on the podium but in the women’s pursuit nothing changed at all! Anastasia Shevcenko took the gold with 20/20, Aasne Skrede got silver with 19/20 and Milena Todorova claimed bronze with 18/20.

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Youth World Champs: Lenzerheide 2020!

The Youth World Championships kicked off on the 26th of January with the Individual races. The men raced first and despite 3 misses Norway’s Martin Nevland was crowned the champion. He skied exceptionally well to beat the French pair Damien Levet and Eric Perrot into silver and bronze. Levet hit 19/20 and Perrot 18/20.

In the women’s race it was the perfect start for the Swiss team racing at their home venue with Lea Meier taking the gold. She hit 18/20 to keep her ahead of Italy’s Rebecca Passler and Austria’s Anna Gandler who both hit 17/20.

After a day off it was the relays on Tuesday the 28th. The youth relays are raced by teams of three and it was the Norwegian team of Martin Uldal, Morten Toernblad Sameien and Martin Nevland who took gold in the men’s race. They needed just 6 spares to beat the Czech team of Ondrej Manek, Josef Kabrda and Jonas Marecek into second. They needed 9 spares and the Russia team of Aleksei Zubarev, Oleg Domichek and Aleksei Kovalev used 10 to win bronze.

In the women’s relay it was Norway who were victorious again with the team of Tuva Aas Straete, Frida Dokken and Maren Bakken using just 5 spares to claim gold. In second place were Italy with Hannah Auchentaller, Linda Zingerle and Rebecca Passler using 10 spares and third went to the German team. Emilie Marie Behringer, Johanna Puff and Selina Marie Kastl needing just three spares to get the bronze medal.

Friday was Sprint day in Lenzerheide and it was a first youth gold medal for the Russia team at these Championships. Aleksei Kovalev was the winner hitting 10/10 and finishing 9 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Ondrej Manek took the silver also hitting all ten targets and Maxime Germain from the USA grabbed the bronze with 9/10. A special mention goes to Campbell Wright from New Zealand who finished a brilliant 6th.

In the women’s race it was Italy who struck gold with Linda Zingerle. She missed 1 target but still took the win by 20 seconds. Second place and the silver medal went to Russia’s Liubov Kalinina who hit 10/10 and the bronze went to France with Oceane Michelon hitting 8/10.

The final races of the championships were the pursuits. For the men it was Martin Nevland who was crowned the champion moving from 4th to 1st hitting 19/20. Ondrej Manek held his second place to claim another silver with perfect shooting. The bronze went to Slovenia’s Lovro Planko who despite missing 3 shots still moved from 8th to complete the podium.

In the women’s race Austria’s Anna Gandler took the gold with 19/20 on the range but won the race on her skis finishing just 1.2 seconds ahead of France’s Camille Coupe. She also hit 19/20 to go from 8th to 2nd. Linda Zingerle missed 3 but still secured another medal taking bronze.

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