Biathlon World Cup Odds Men
Just as cross-country skiing was not hard enough without the skier having a rifle on his back. That is the rules of one of the most exhausting winter sport, biathlon. Biathlon combined two disciplines, cross-country skiing and shooting. Biathlon was not always part of the Olympic program, as it joined the winter Olympics back in 1960. Biathlon features several disciplines, with several very difficult events, most notably the individual 20km and 10km sprint. Just like every other winter sport, so does biathlon has its own World cup. The 2012/2013 edition is over and the winner is the young Frenchmen, Martin Fourcade, who won his second title. In this article we will look at the potential favorites for the forthcoming 2013/2014 season.
Martin Fourcade, the 24-year old Frenchmen, is the no.1 favorite for the next season World cup. He achieved a very astonishing feat at a relatively young age, by defending the title. He won the last two world cups and is a serious favorite for the third one in the row. He dominated the last season and finished ahead of favored Emil Svendsen. Martin’s main advantage is the fact, that he is almost equally good at all disciplines and can be competitive at many fronts. Even at younger age, he won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in Mass start. We believe that these are enough reasons, to place Fourcade ahead of everybody else and expect him to take the title once again. We might also add, that he is most likely going to impress at the 2014 Olympic games as well.
Before Fourcade appeared and showed astonishing talent, Norwegian skier Emil Helge Svendsen dominated the biathlon discipline. He was one of the most successful athletes at the 2010 Olympics, returning home with three medals, two of them being the brightest shine. Aside from Olympic success, Emil won the World cup once and finished runner-up to Fourcade on last two tournaments. Svendson was more than 400 points away from Fourcade the last World cup, after very bad form in the deciding part of the season. Svendsen will also aim for the Olympics next year and with that preparation he might have the necessary skill, to overthrow Fourcade from the throne.
Fourcade and Svendson are both considered as strong favorites for the title and it will most likely come to one of them at the end. Far from the mentioned duo, we have a athlete that will most likely be a serious contender for the third place. Norway is one of the dominating nation in this sport and Tarjei Bo seems to be serious candidate for the medal. He did not enjoy a very successful season, but will bounce back and try to spoil the party for Fourcade and Svendson. He won the world cup once, but has since then failed to appear on one of first three places. Alonside Bo, last season third place skier Dominik Landertinger also hopes for a turn around and could be one of the potential upsets for the forthcoming World cup.
Biathlon is not among the favorite sports in winter season, but the skiers that participate deserve every credit. Due to whole variety of disciplines, you can always expect turnarounds and someone else to pick the points, The highlight of the next season will most likely be the Winter Olympics, but the biathlon is worth following and can offer a certain dose of excitement during the season.
The Biathlon World Cup 2013/2014 for men will start on 22 November 2013 in Östersund, Sweden.
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