Russian biathletes are getting ready for the season-opening World Cup in Ostersund
On Wednesday Russian shooting skiers went to the Swedish city of Ostersund where in 10 days a new biathlon season will kick off. Russian coaches have not yet decided who will defend country’s prestige at the first World Cup stage; the roster will be announced in Sweden right before the opening race.
Let’s inform our listeners that the competition in Sweden will run from November 24th until December 2nd . The significance of this pre-Olympic season is beyond description as every athlete who has set his or her mind on winning silverware in Sochi will battle for a spot on the national team.
Russia’s extended roster includes 10 men and 6 of them will form Russia’s line up for the season curtain-raiser. Let’s name those skiers who soon will try to win awards for their country. So, Russia’s rising stars Evgeniy Garanichev, Timofey Lapshin and Dmitriy Malyshko are eager to cement their place in biathlon elite. Last year they shocked all of the pundits by their thunderous success at senior level. Hopefully they will continue delighting the coaches by evolving into extra-class biathletes who can harvest a nice haul of awards at home Games in Sochi.
Apart from this trio 7 more athletes will compete for Russia this season. They are the 2010 Olympic champion Evgeniy Ustugov who is obviously on the hunt for another Olympic trophy, bronze Olympic medalists Anton Shipulin and Ivan Cherezov.
A quick reminder Ivan missed the entire 2011-2012 season due to a serious injury, he broke his leg at the training session and was forced to skip all of the World Cup stages. Fortunately Ivan has fully recovered and is ready to compete at the highest level again.
Alexei Volkov and Andrey Makoveev are also on the list of contenders to form up the backbone of the national biathlon squad. They performed well last season and have great chances of making it into Olympic team of course on condition they take podium places at the World Cup events.
Russian rookies Alexei Slepov and Maxim Tsvetkov will try to follow in footsteps of their well-decorated teammates and grab awards at various international starts. But of course their ultimate goal for this season is to make a nice debut and take places in the top 10.
So, as we have already said in 10 days biathlon season will start in Ostersund. Mixed relay will open the program of the first world cup stage in Sweden where biathletes will also take part in individual, sprint and pursuit races.