Biathlon World Cup 2019/2020
Compared to summer sports, winter types are inferior in quantity, but not at all in terms of intrigue and excitement. In this regard, biathlon is one of the most exciting winter sports, and television broadcasts annually attract the attention of millions of viewers. Despite the cold, the stadiums fill up, fans stand along the ski runs. The 2019/2020 Biathlon World Cup is no exception.
World Cup History
The highest award for each biathlete is the gold of the Olympics. But the World Cup as an annual competition is no less prestigious. This includes the World Cup, which has been held since 1959.
The first season of the men's world cup first took place in 1977-1978. Women began to participate in such competitions only ten years later in the 1987-1988 season. The World Cup is held under the auspices of IBU (International Biathlon Union).
The first season of the 1977/78 World Cup consisted of four stages:
- German Ruhpolding;
- Italian Anterselva (Germans call this place Antholz);
- Finnish Sodankyla;
- Soviet Murmansk.
Since then, the program and schedule of races has been constantly changing every year: the number of stages has expanded, new venues have been introduced.
Since 1999, the World Cup season has been divided into nine rounds. Of these, almost every year the calendar includes:
- Hochfilzen in Austria;
- Ruhpolding and Oberhof in Germany;
- Pokljuku in Slovenia;
- Estursund from Sweden;
- Anterselva in Italy.
After a high-profile doping scandal involving Russian biathletes, the IBU does not hold the World Cup in Russia. The last time Russian routes (either Tyumen or Khanty-Mansiysk) hosted the competition in 2017-2018.
News about the selection of new tracks, as hosts of seasonal competitions, is announced in advance. The stages of the World Cup in North America and Asia are planned.
It is already known that the 2019/2020 season in biathlon will begin on December 1, end on March 22, where the main competitions will be held. The debut stage will be the Swedish Ostersund. Then, at small intervals, biathletes compete on the tracks:
- 2 stage. Hochwilzen, Austria;
- 3 stage. Annecy from France;
- 4th stage. Oberhof;
- 5 stage. Ruhpolding - two German stages;
- 6 stage. Slovenian Pokljuka;
- 7th stage. Novo Mesto, Czech Republic;
- 8 stage. Finnish Kontiolahti;
- 9th stage. Oslo, Norway.
Between the sixth and seventh stage in February 2020 will be the world championship in Italian Anterselva. Racing time is ideally chosen, since most athletes go to the peak of a sports form by this period.
The program of each stage of the World Cup is compiled individually. At the moment, athletes are finding out who is the best in the following types of races:
- Pursuit Race;
- Mass start;
- Relay race;
- Mixed relay;
- Single mixed relay.
A separate view is a super-sprint. This species has appeared recently. It was first held in 2007 in Novosibirsk at the Russian Biathlon Championship.
For victory in the World Cup, biathletes receive the Crystal Globe. For achievements in each individual race, athletes are awarded points. The spectacle zone from the 2008/2009 season stretched to the fortieth place. The first place receives 60 points, the fortieth - 1 point. High results in each race will qualify for a common victory.
There is a general rating and offsets for individual disciplines. The leader in the overall standings in the current race puts on a yellow T-shirt. The leaders in accumulated points in certain races appear in the red shirt. A separate rating is maintained for the national biathlon federations according to the results of the relay races.
Forecast of the performance of the Russian team
The composition of the Russian national team for the 2019/2020 season has yet to be approved by head coach Anatoly Khovantsev. He is also the head coach of the men's team. Male biathletes also train under the guidance of S. Idinov and A. Istomin.
Unfortunately, one of the best Russian biathletes, perhaps the leader of the men's team Anton Shipulin, will not perform in the upcoming season. During the 2018/19 World Cup, he announced the end of his professional career. One of the reasons for leaving was called fatigue. Although many believe that the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang was the point of no return.
But even without Shipulin, there are worthy representatives in the Russian men's team. In the 18/19 season, Alexander Loginov strongly advocates. It is difficult to make an equivalent competition to Johannes Tines Boe, but this does not prevent Loginov from winning individual races.
There are always experienced E. Garanichev, Dm. Baby, Al. Slepov. Young athletes Matvey Eliseev and Eduard Latypov are now undergoing training in the World Cup. In the next season of 2019/2020, they can shoot.
Do not forget about Anton Babikov, who is now playing in the IBU Cup. Next year, he may be transferred to the main team.
The head coach of women is Vitaly Noritsyn. In difficult work in the women's team, Nikolay Zagursky and Leonid Guryev help him.
The most experienced in the women's team are Yekaterina Yurlova-Perkht and Irina Starykh - repeated winners and prize winners of the World Cup stages. The remaining girls - Ulyana Kaisheva, Margarita Vasilyeva, Valery Vasnetsov, Kristina Ilchenko, Evgenia Pavlova - are completely green. Their victories are yet to come. The 2019/2020 season could be their breakthrough.
Biathlon competitions become more interesting every year. Athletes show high results and improve their capabilities. The World Cup 2019/2020 will bring new memorable emotions to all biathlon lovers and fans.