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Biathlon Olympics 2018 odds

Biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will be contested from Feb. 10-23, with medals awarded in eleven different events. Biathletes will compete across the following eleven events, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishers, respectively, in each event: Men’s 20km individual, Men's 10km sprint, Men's 12.5km pursuit, Men's 15km mass start, Men's 4x7.5km relay, Women's 15km individual, Women's 7.5km sprint, Women's 10km pursuit, Women's 12.5km mass start, Women's 4x6km relay and Mixed relay.

Biathlon events will be held at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster. The ski resort area of Alpensia will also feature the rest of the Nordic Olympic sports including cross-country, ski jumping and Nordic combined. The sliding events of bobsled, luge and skeleton will also be found in Alpensia.

The 2010 and 2014 Olympic biathlete, Lowell Bailey, has become the first member of Team USA to punch their ticket to PyeongChang after finishing fourth in the men’s sprint event at the 2017 IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. It was Bailey’s best world championship finish ever, and sends the 35-years-old to his third consecutive Olympic Games after he nearly retired from the sport. “It’s a huge confidence boost,” Bailey told TeamUSA.org. “The last two days have been the best world championship results of my career, and that gives me the confidence going forward with my training and my approach to PyeongChang to really attack the races there.” Biathlon is the only winter Olympic sport in which the United States has never won a medal. Team USA’s best finish was sixth place back in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan in the men’s relay event – an event Bailey has his eye on in PyeongChang as a chance to break the drought.

Biathlon has produced some of the Olympic Winter Games’ biggest stars. The 43-year-old Ole Einar Bjorndalen (NOR) is, with 13 medals, the most-decorated athlete in the event’s history while Martin Fourcade [FRA] has his eye on repeating his own double gold-winning heroics from Sochi 2014.

At the beginning of 2017, a World Cup stage was held in PyeongChang. The races were all held at night, which will also be the case at PyeongChang 2018. Dominating the women’s events was Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier, who maintained the sparkling form that brought her an unprecedented five gold medals at the 2017 IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen. Dahlmeier did not miss a target in her two Alpensia outings, hitting 10 out of 10 in the sprint on the opening day of the meet and then 20 out of 20 in adding the pursuit title two days later, a race she won by a margin of 1:12.6 from Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen and 1:18.9 from France’s Anaïs Bescond. 

In the men’s events, Fourcade equalled not one but two records. In finishing third in the sprint, which was won by Austria’s Julian Eberhard, ahead of the USA’s Lowell Bailey, the Frenchman landed a sixth straight overall IBU World Cup title. That unprecedented feat puts him level with Ole Einar Bjørndalen, though the Norwegian great’s six titles did not come consecutively. Fourcade went on to claim the pursuit 24 hours later, his 12th win of the season, equalling the all-time record set by Bjørndalen in the 2004/05 season. 

Though Dahlmeier was rested for the women’s relay, Germany still managed to make it five wins out of five for the season, a run that includes their world championship victory at Hochfilzen. Skiing the anchor leg after Nadine Horchler, Maren Hammerschmidt and Denise Herrmann, Franziska Hildebrand took the line 22 seconds clear of Norway’s Marte Olsbu, who edged out Czech Republic’s Gabriela Koukalova in a photo-finish. 

The men’s relay honours went to the French four of Jean-Guilaume Béatrix, Simon Fourcade, Simon Desthieux and that man Fourcade, who made the absolute most of his reconnaissance trip by sprinting down the home straight. Taking second place were the Austrian quartet, fully 33.8 seconds adrift of Fourcade and Co, with Bjørndalen’s Norway completing the top three.

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