8. März Deutschlands Biathleten waren bei Olympia so erfolgreich wie schon Franziska Hildebrand hätte die Staffel bei Olympia anders aufgestellt. 5. März Maren Hammerschmidt, Franziska Hildebrand und Laura Dahlmeier holten Biathlon. Der Ärger über das Staffel-Aus von Biathletin Maren. Franziska Hildebrand – Athleten des Deutschen Skiverbands (DSV) mit Profil und FanCard: Erfolge und wichtige Eckdaten zur deutschen Ski.
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She was chosen to join the German National team after her remarkable performance at the European Championships in Otepää. Franziska won two medals, a gold with the relay and a bronze in the Individual.
One year later at the European Championships in Ridnaun, she won the bronze with the relay. Hildebrand's first World Championships were in in Ruhpolding.
She took part only in two events - the 7. In spite of these results, Hildebrand finished 27th in the overall. She raced in all events and finished 51st in the Individual, 13th in the sprint, 17th in the pursuit, 22nd in the mass start and 5th in the relay.
Hildebrand was a member of he German team who competed at the Olympic Games in Sochi. She positioned 38th in the Individual, 28th in the mass start and 11th in the relay.
However the season concluded for her at number 14th in the overall. In , Franziska Hildebrand made her first individual podium - a second place in the sprint in Nove Mesto.
She also managed a 5th place in the sprint in Hochfilzen. At the World Championships in Kontiolahti, Franziska won a gold medal in the relay, was twice 10th in the Individual and sprint and twice 6th in the pursuit and the mass start.
Hildebrand finished the season 5th in the overall. The season was the most successful in her entire career so far. It has been an amazing season so far for Kuzmina.
She has 4 wins and a nice lead in the total score. Hopefully she can sustain her form right up until the Olympics where she will attempt to win her third Sprint gold in a row.
Behind her we had a race. Kaisa Makarainen and Veronika Vitkova missed in the first prone and so allowed the others to come through. These included Laura Dahlmeier and Darya Domracheva.
However misses on the third and fourth shoots took them away from the podium. Franziska Hildebrand had a great chance to get second place but she missed in the final stand.
Not missing a single target however was Dorothea Wierer. She loves a pursuit! The same happened to Vita Semerenko. Perfect shooting put her in 3rd place moving up from 22nd.
Yulia Dzhima had a fantasic pursuit race going from 42nd to 13th, Denise Herrmann went from 45th to 16th and Vanessa Hinz from 55th to 18th.
The only other woman to shoot clean was Olga Poltoranina in 41st. Martin Fourcade had three Norwegians chasing him but kept calm and in control of the race despite some pressure from the viking lads!
It was Svendsen who took the lead after the first prone with misses from Martin and Johannes. Johannes still finished second despite missing 3 targets.
Dmytro Pidruchnyi went from 10th to 5th with 1 miss and Lukas Hofer maintained 6th with 2 misses.
Freddie Linstrom was the only other man to hit all 20 in 15th. The year may have changed but the form of Anastasiya Kuzmina has not! She took her third victory of the season in the Sprint and again by a big margin.
The conditions were not too bad after heavy snow on Tuesday and then rain storms on Wednesday. The only issue today was the wind in the range, a common problem in Oberhof, and it ruined a lot of standing shoots for the ladies.
In the end Kuzmina won by 35 seconds. She missed 1 target in the prone and looked very impressive. She has never had a season like this before with such consistent success.
Second place went to Kaisa Makarainen who also had 1 miss in the stand for her. She loves the place! Sarah Beaudry was 23rd also hitting all The only other person to hit the perfect 10 was Julia Ransom who equalled her personal best of 9th.
Spare a thought for poor Julia Simon of France who had a nasty trip and looked like she suffered an injury. The men raced on Friday and well it was wet.
A bit of a miserable day in Oberhof with some gusts of wind thrown in for good measure. Surprise, surprise Martin Fourcade won this one. It is however just his third victory this season in the 4th World Cup.
That only left him in third however as teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen took second. He shot clean to finish 8 seconds behind Fourcade. Also shooting clean in 4th was Tim Burke!
Yes finally Tim is back at the sharp end with a great performance at his home away from home in Oberhof. It will be a tough day for Fourcade in the Pursuit on Saturday with 3 Norwegians chasing him down!
Jakov Fak shot clen today in 7th as did Matvey Eliseev in 21st. The Pursuit races on Saturday should be very interesting with a lot of people having trouble shooting in the Oberhof range and with wet tracks it could be a great watch!
I went with absolute madness! The Norwegians emerged from the chaos in the best position with Bjoerndalen shooting well to keep the at the front after the first leg.
Michael Roesch of Belgium was amazing and passed Ole Einar to hand over in the lead. Belgium that were team 26 were now up to 1st.
Germany were pretty consisted and came home second with no penalties. Third went to France who did 2 penalty loops with Jean Guillaume Beatrix on the first loop but great legs from Emilien Jacquelin and Quentin Fillon Maillet brought them back to the podium.
Sweden were great in 4th despite Peppe Femling being mowed down by Beatrix on the first leg! Italy were fourth and their best performer was Thierry Chenal on his World Cup debut weekend showing Windisch and Hofer how to shoot.
There were also some issues in the range with some very slow reactions by the range officials. In the end the Belgian team finished 16th with Tom Lahaye Goffart and Thierry Langer doing 3 penaltyy loops each but both are inexperienced at this level and actually performed really well in tough conditions especially when finding themselves at the sharp end of a World Cup race.
The women still had windy conditions to contend with but their shooting was better and the wind maybe not quite as strong.
The Germans led after the first leg with a solid performance from Vanessa Hinz. Franziska Hildebrand made it more interesting needing 4 spares and letting the others back into the race.
The Swiss were up at the front along with the Ukraine, Sweden, Belarus and Russia but Marie Dorin Habert went on the penalty loop twice in the first lap to put France well behind and Hilde Fenne did 3 to put Norway out of contention.
Laura Dahlmeier on the last lap was steady and brought her team home in first for their sixth relay win in a row. The Swiss dropped back with Irene Cadurisch doing 2 penalty loops.
Olena Pidhrushna took Ukraine to second place and unbelievably the French got third doing exactly what the men did coming back from 2 penalty loops on the first lap to get on the podium!
Russia were 4th, Switzerland were 5th which is still a great result for them and the Czech Republic were 6th. Last season was more or less a straight fight between Laura Dahlmeier and Gabriela Koukalova with Dahlmeier coming out on top winning the Overall Title for the first time.
It could be a similar situation this season but with the Olympics Games on the horizon the World Cup will not be the main focus for the majority of the biathletes.
They will be concentrating on peaking for PyeongChang in February and we could even see some of them skipping World Cup races preferring to train for the Olympics.
It also means we could be losing a few of our favourites at the end of the season as the end of an Olympic cycle is a favoured time among sportspeople to retire.
Dahlmeier was impressive all year and crucially managed to stay fit and healthy for the entire season.
She was a deserved winner of the big crystal globe and will start as favourite this season. At some points last season the top four were very close and Gabriela Koukalova pushed Dahlmeier the hardest.
She is also a contender again this season but I fear she will be aiming solely for the Olympic medals and she has some health problems that could see her miss the first round in Sweden and possibly more.
She has spoken about retiring in the past and this may be the one she chooses to call it a day.
Hopefully not but she also has a chance at the overall if she gets back some of her old consistency. Marie Dorin Habert and Dorothea Wierer are very talented biathletes but I am not sure either can put together enough consistent performances to win the World Cup.
None of the other ladies have produced enough points scoring finishes over the whole season to win the overall but the likes of Yuliia Dzhima, Franziska Hildebrand and Susan Dunklee can certainly win races and take podiums when they are on form.
Eckhoff has been pretty disappointing since she won the Sprint gold at the Oslo World Championships. She has struggled to put together a good season but she is still young and can hopefully make the Top 10 this year.
I would expect improvement from Anais Bescond and now also Mari Laukkanen after her great end to last season. Selina Gasparin has shown glimpses of getting back to her best and we should look to see her moving up the rankings.
Franziska Preuss had a season disrupted by injury and she will also be in the mix for podiums if she returns on good form. The Italian women like Lisa Vittozzi and Alexia Runggaldier will also be hoping to build on their successful seasons last year.
A certain Darya Domracheva. She was 24th in the Total Score but missed a lot of the season after having her baby. If she regains her form from the Sochi Olympic year she will be a massive challenger to Dahlmeier and the others.
One nation that has had a terrible time lately is Russia. They will be hoping to step up their game in this very important season.
One person who will be missing from the start line in Sweden is Teja Gregorin. The Slovenian has been suspended by the IBU after retesting of her samples from the Vancouver Winter Olympics in came back as positive for a banned substance.
A growth hormone was discovered in her blood and there will be a hearing at the end of this month to deal with it. However we will concentrate on those who are racing and the action gets underway very soon.
Franziska Hildebrand is a German biathlete from Halle. She has won two races so far in her World Cup career both in Sprint races.
She has made the podium six times since her World Cup debut in She was born on the 24th of March and has a twin sister called Stephanie.
First I tried various other sports like football and hockey. One day an article was published in the newspaper that the ski club of my hometown was looking for athletes.
My parents took me to the training there and I liked it. How do you assess last season? What were you happy about and what disappointed you?
Why is the team so good? We have a good atmosphere in the team, it is harmonious and we understand each other well. Everyone looks out for each other.
Do you have a favourite leg on the relay? Do you have any input into it or do the coaches make all the decisions?
My favourite leg is third. I also feel comfortable on the other legs but this is the one I like the most.