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Interview With Russian Biathlete Evgeniy Garanichev - "The season was successful, I'm satisfied with my results in the World Championships."

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Exclusive Interview for Biathlon News International, by Raniya Kutumova, Russia

RK: Evgeny, how did you decide to skip from cross-country skiing to biathlon?

 

EG: When I was in the junior ski team, I often met the biathlon coach Vladimir Alikin (former A- team main coach – R.K.) and we talked a lot about skipping to biathlon. We went to do shooting exercises together, and he proposed that I to go to the Tyumen biathlon team and train with him. But finally it turned out I started my biathlon career with such great coaches as Maxim Kugaevsky, who taught me everything, and Pavel Muslimom, who became my shooting-trainer.

 

 

 

RK: Did you expect such great results in the beginning of your biathlon career?

 

 

EG: I thought to go through the selection to the Russian Championships and show good results there. Maybe, go to the IBU Cups. But sometimes I would quit everything – especially when I had shooting problems. But those times my parents gave me a great support and inspired me with the confidence. Then I started to think myself there are always hard moments and you just have to go through them.

 

RK: Was it hard, being a skier, to adjust to biathlon techniques?

 

EG: The main problem I faced was a shooting – coming to the shooting range, preparation, prone exercises. When we just did cross it was OK, but when we moved to rollers I faced some difficulties with coming to the shooting range, how should I place myself on the mat? But thanks to my trainers I got everything very fast. But then you get used to that. The same problem I had on the 1st winter training camp in Finland – the skis are several times longer than the rollers! But after some time I already did everything automatically, without thinking about the technique.

RK: And what about skiing with a rifle on your back?

 

EG: I didn’t feel a big difference skiing with or without it. Just during the summer trainings when you put the helmet on it made some discomfort – the rifle bumped to my head. But it was like that only at the beginning.

 

RK: In cross country you had pretty good results – you were the Junior World Champion. Do you think sometimes that you wish to participate in the cross country skiing competitions? Like some members of team Norway do, for example?

 

EG: No, I don’t want to go back to ski. I can see how I’m good in that component on the training sessions or control races. I might start somewhere with them but I’m not actually willing to. And trainers don’t suggest it. Besides, we have plenty of biathlon races as it is.

 

RK: At the beginning of the season how did you find your strength and your potential? What results did you expect?

 

EG: I trained with the main team and had a chance to compare my capabilities with the team’s leaders – Ivan Tcherezov, Evgeny Ustyugov, Maxim Maximov. I saw I was in a good shape in comparison to them. And if I was in the same level as they, I thought I could compete in the World Cups and achieve good results. For example, I thought I could be in the Top-10 or even be on the podium, so I had a feeling I could get the results!

 

RK: Who or what do you credit for the improvement in your shooting?

 

EG: It’s all about working with the shooting coach, Andrey Gebulov. And I also started thinking about the shooting work, analyze it. I started to pay more attention to that, now I’m more concentrated on the shooting range. And race by race I’m more confident about it.

 

 

RK: During this season you established yourself as an athlete who can show the results. Does it increase the pressure on you now?

 

EG: The audience might expect it from me, but trainers don’t say – you should win a medal. Fans – yes. And sometimes some of them write unpleasant and biased things. But at the same time they are criticized by others who understand more about biathlon. Sometimes I think – how could they judge the athlete if they are not at our place themselves? They should have run under these conditions, too! But sometimes the critics are right. In general fans write good things, words of encouragement. During the WCH we are compelled with more attention, and that imposes liability. I try to distract from the thoughts that this is the World Championships, and reason that if I can do well in Regular World Cup races, why not here?

 

RK: How did you adjust yourself to the Championships?

 

EG: Nothing special. I just continue to do my usual work. I can’t say I have extra worries the evening before the start. I try skip to other things, for example, signing the autograph cards.

 

RK: Before the World Championships did the coaches consult with you about your preferences regarding the races? Or about your position in the relay?

 

EG: No, they looked at our work during the season and the results we’ve showed and after that they said who would start in which race. And then, of course, the world ranking determine who goes to the mass start. The coaches give chance to everybody here. And about the relay, I prefer to be in the 2nd or 3rd leg. In Anholz , the coaches suggested I ski the last leg, but I was a bit afraid of that. Anyway, in Russian competitions I can start at any leg but the 1st one.

 

RK: Tell us about your results in sprint and pursuit races here?

 

EG: Comparing to the World Cups here it was more difficult to run. I was without strength in the sprint – especially at the last lap. I could manage my shooting but wasn’t satisfied with my ski work. It might be because I didn’t race for a long period. In the pursuit I felt I could do better – I skied confidently and lap by lap I would go faster. But this time I faced problems in the shooting range - there was intermittent wind. You come to the range, look at the flags – the wind is the same as it was during the zeroing. And you start shooting – and it changes! And I didn’t realize in time to make a sight correction, and that led to misses.

 

RK: Last year you also went to the World Championships, but didn’t have chance to compete. Were you not upset about that?

 

EG: Not at all! I went there to get some experience, and I might be put in a race, but last year I was the 7th or 8th in the team. I just thought it was not my last championships and I’d have other chances to compete.

 

RK: And what’s your number in the team now?

 

EG: I’m not sure, but maybe 3rd or 4th in the team…

 

RK: But you were chosen among four other best athletes to compete for Russia in the sprint.

 

EG: I can’t say I’m the strongest in the team. We all at a high level in the team and each athlete can show a good result.

 

RK: So you don’t give yourself some place?

 

EG: No, my job is just to show my best in each race.

 

RK: After your success in the World Cups did you feel suddenly there was a lot of worldwide interest in you personally?

 

EG: The fan’s interest always exists. But I try not to think about that a lot and focus on my work. Sure, more people started recognize me – and that pleases me. I had neighbors from my village who moved to Germany 18 years ago. And now they say I have a lot of fans here, they all cheer for me and with all best.

 

RK: And other foreign fans? Do they recognize you? Do they ask for a photo or an autograph?

 

EG: Yes, they do! During the trainings I hear they call me and cheer for me.

 

RK: And what is the other side of the coin?

 

EG: The most important is not to start thinking you became a star and ignore your old friends. On the contrary- with a success you have more people around you. And if fans ask to take photo with them I always come around. Some of them ask for the cards, other- to sign the flag. Even if I had a hard race I’d come over – they cheered for me! I try to do something good for them, too. We had a photo session for the new cards where the Russian athletes changed the role and were presented in other kinds of sports. As for me, I was a rugby player! On the cards it’s written “They could’ve been something else, but chose biathlon”. You turn the card – and from the other side it’s a photo from the race.

 

RK: After your successful competitions, who do you call first?

 

EG: I always call my parents first – they wait after each race. I call also my girlfriend and my personal coach.

 

RK: And how do you manage to mix personal life with your sporting life?

 

EG: Sport and studies add some difficulties – you can’t meet your family very often. But Internet helps in that – we could chat with Skype and after that I feel better and more comfortable.

 

RK: Did your parents come to the WCH to support you?

 

EG: My parents don’t have chance to go to the international Cups. And I myself don’t feel enough confident if they are at the stadium – It’ll increase the pressure. We will see if they come next year.

 

RK: Have you considered how you will relax after the season ends?

 

EG: The 1st thing I want to do is go to a sanatorium to heal my back and to recover. We’ll talk about that with my coach later after the Khanty-Mansyisk World Cup.

 

RK: Good luck for the end of the season!

 

EG: Thanks!

Wind protection

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am heading to Antarctica soon to run a marathon and noticed the biathlon athletes wearing 'tape' on their faces to protect against very cold temperatures.


Can anyone tell me what this tape is? Is it specially designed for the cold? Is it a specialised brand? where can I find some? or maybe it is just strapping tape?


Thanks

Davide

Wolfgang Pichler speaks about Russian Coaching, Training Programs, and Russian Beer

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

 

October 4, 2011, Tuesday. 13:30

Source:

"Championat.com"

Author:

Alexander Kruglov

Photo: Helen Zhulidova

- Yana Romanova said that you probably learned to understand in Russian. Is this true?

- I understand what she is talking about. Russian people speak without words, but in the eyes, gestures, facial expressions, if you're sitting across from me.

- How do you read Russian protocols?

- I can not read Cyrillic, so I translate the names of the athletes, but the language of numbers is good because it is universal.

- Do you support the athletes with personal trainers?

- Pavel Rostovtsev maintains a relationship with them and keeps me abreast of the discussions. Sometimes personal trainers ask me questions directly. And I tell the coaches the details of their training plans, explaining that we will change the training system in stages, step by step, and all at once it can not be changed.

- When you become a head coach for the women's team, many Russian experts took it with hostility. Over time, their opinion has not changed?

- Not enough time has passed. I understand the position of the Russian coaches because I worked 16 years in Sweden, originally faced the same reaction from Swedish coaches. The same thing would happen in Germany, if we engaged a the head coach from another country. I can promise that I will do everything in my power to achieve the result for which I was hired.

 

- I read that Helena Ekholm was upset by your departure. As were the other girls on the Swedish team?

- They also were not thrilled, and I understand it. Since 1995, when I worked in Sweden, only two or three times our athletes were not among the top three in the overall World Cup standings. First, it sought to Magdalena Forsberg, then Anna Carin Olofsson, and now Helena Ekholm. It would be very bad if they were not upset, then I would be upset - it would mean that I'm a bad coach (smiles).

- What are your impressions of the meeting of the board of the coaching?

- The atmosphere and views of some coaches to me seemed a little old-fashioned, but I learned a lot of interesting things. I never said that the Russian coaches are bad. Among them are a lot of strong professionals, but the coaching staff does not have enough fresh blood in the form of professionals with new ways of thinking, even if invited by it to give a positive effect for all members of the profession.

- Do you think that some of the coaches kept the Soviet way of thinking?

- (Laughs). Yes, I was surprised by this group, but each country and each team has its traditions, both positive and negative. You have to understand what you're running a whole generation of coaches who have grown up in the Soviet system, and it is extremely difficult to change their thinking. We need to wait when they will be replaced by a new generation of coaches, such as Pavel Rostovtsev and Sergey Konovalov. They now have much to learn, to grow. After five or six years, they become excellent coaches. But such examples of promising young coaches are rare in Russia. The council had a lot of coaches who are over 60. They have a tremendous life and sporting experiences, but in Soviet times it was very different, and it is very difficult to restructure. The biggest problem is that the athleteshave changed and the coaches have not changed with them. They have become much more free, and some who are afraid to admit it.

It was very interesting to work with athletes at the first serious competition to look for them, as every athlete responds to their performances, and a start on this when choosing methods to influence them. Every day held in Ufa gives me more food for thought. For example, one athlete with the coach I had told her: "Look, like in October or November, you do not become ill." This is by no means impossible to say! If you say athlete, that he fails, he is indeed a failure.

- You had a lot of questions during the trainer meeting?

 

- No. I think I'm fairly clearly explained in my report, and they understood my concept of coaching.

- Do you communicate with the advisory council and the dean of our corps trainer Alexander Privalov and Viktor Mamatov?

- Yes. I have known them for many years and was glad to see them again. I even trained Privalov in 1979. Of course, we discussed many issues, for discussion of our work is very useful, but they have valuable experience.

- They accept your coaching concept?

- I think they understood it and approved. Privalov gave me a few tips. He, too, had experience abroad with the national team of Poland.

- You talked about the need to improve the psychological preparation of athletes. What steps are you taking this?

- It was very interesting to work with athletes at the first serious competition. Every athlete responds to their performances differently, and methods must be found to influence them. Each day during the Ufa competition gave me more food for thought. For example, I told one athlete and her coach that: "Look, like in October or November, you do not become ill." This is by no means impossible to say! If you tell an athlete she is a failure, then she, inevitably will fail.

- Is it true that you would not let Svetlana Sleptsova train with her headphones?

- Yes, and she quietly accepted the decision. The fact that Germany is very dangerous to ride on the road on a bicycle or roller skis with the headphones. You can not hear a car approach, and could easily have an accident.

- What can you say about the organization of the competitions?

 

– I was impressed by the huge number of participants and the almost complete absence of spectators. In Ruhpolding in the summer biathlon competitions in Germany, there are 2500 spectators each day. Perhaps, in Ufa biathlon is not as popular as in Tyumen and Khanty-Mansiysk.

Did the Rain have a serious impact on the outcome?

 

- Do not think so. All were equal, the strongest and showed that they are the strongest. It's even good that we started in these extreme conditions, because the athlete must be prepared for anything. And if your performance is affected by the heavy rain, it only indicates that you are unstable athlete. Every athlete needs to give all her best in every situation: even in the rain, even in a storm. The Russian Championships turned out to be useful for me because before I had known only the athletes who competed during the World Cup, now I know them all. The next year It will be easier for me to make decisions on the formation of the team.

- Which athletes who are not on the team, impressed you most?

 

- Korovin, who can fight for a place in the team. I also see great potential in Alexandra Alikin and junior Margaret Philippi. It is worth paying attention to the good results in the junior Championships in Nove Mesto. But having a large selection of athletes - it's always a nice problem for a coach.

- In Russia you drink only German beer?

- Why? I drink Russian beer with pleasure. Romanova brought home to me some Omsk beer, and it was very good.

 

And how does the Russian beer compare with German beer?

- Russian beer, of course, is good, although I have not tried all sorts, but with a light Bavarian beer at the "Oktoberfest" nothing can compare.

Darya Domracheva Interview, July 2011

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Darya Domracheva: I have enough strength to beat Neuner

Olympic Bronze medalist from Vancouver; two-time world champion, Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva in an exclusive interview withSportbox.ru, told us that in her preparation for the upcoming season, she constantly thinks about her desire to beat Germany’s Magdalena Neuner .

Q: Were you satisfied with your performance during the last season? If not, what errors are made and what are you doing right now in the training process, so as not to commit them again?

A: The past season was not very easy. Very good performances were interspersed with totally unsuccessful ones. I felt in great shape, but in some competitions shooting did not go well, and in others, my skiing was ugly. But by the end of the season was able to smooth out all the negative emotions that cause such poor performances. And, of course, I can’t but rejoice winning small crystal globe as IBU World Cup mass start event. Also last year, I experienced problems with being ready on the firing line. The loss of Klaus Seibert played a major role in this, not having anyone I could turn to for advice at the World Cup. The new season will come up with new rifles and now I continue to get used to and customize it for myself. I need to work on many other things as well.

Q: How is the training process? How do you feel about the return of Siebert? He probably does not give you boring training?

A: We started preparation for the new season in May. We managed to hold training camp in Sardinia, Raubichi, and Altenberg in Germany. A few days ago we ended the regular camp at Raubichi, during which time I had a minor operation on my foot. I had to miss some part of the training, but now all is well, I'll catch up. Klaus continues his training regimen. We had a full team for the training camp in his home town of Altenberg. Very soon we will begin our training in Austria, Seefeld, where Klaus has promised to attend.

Q: Three-time Olympic champion, Kati Wilhelm, said that “you are one of the few athletes who can defeat Magdalena Neuner. But provided that you improve your shooting”.

A: Nothing is impossible. Of course, Magdalena is a very strong athlete. To win against her, an athlete must hone her skills. I feel strong enough and I want to compete with her and the other biathletes for the highest places.

Q: You probably know about the changes in the Russian team. After an unsuccessful season, the team has almost completely replaced their coaching staff. Do you believe it’s a reasonable solution to blame only the trainers?

A: The results come from the sum of teamwork. I do not think the coaches are responsible for the failure. Perhaps the leadership of the Russian team has analyzed the situation, and made certain conclusions for themselves and decided on of this solution on the basis of these conclusions.

Q: - Do you enjoy spending free time in preparing for the season? Can you afford a day off to go to a noisy club or would prefer to stay home and spend time on sleep and recovery?

A: During training camp, of course, all my free time I try to spend on recovery. It might be going to the movies, walks in the fresh air, sometimes, I just want to stay home. If the training takes place somewhere abroad, I am happy to go explore the local attractions. Well, occasionally I enjoy going to a club and dancing with pleasure.

Tatiana Pomelnikova, Sportbox.ru

Breaking silence. July 6th, 2011

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Breaking Silence!

I was just driving back home from training "deep in the swamp" when I heard this tragedy of one of the greatest cross-country skiers in Finland, Mika Myllylä. Ten years he had to to stand up to the critic and shit, having big private-, as well as alcoholproblems. I hope none of the athletes have to live the “post-sport- life” like that.
Anyways above all, I’m not dead (ironically) although I’ve been climbing up to the Vuokatinvaara in deadheat, trying Benji-jumping, and crowling in the mod… XD

Last time I wrote it was time for Off-season, now we’ve been training over two months since that! Trainingcamps in Åland and Vuokatti are well-done and now I’m just about to head to Otepää. And believe or not, it’s 8th summer in a row when I’m doing this!! I bet this happens also next July and until death do us part… ^^'


Actually I started the trainingseason with lovely combined training and relaxing week in Crete! Swimming and running on the beach, but also biking to the nearest mountainpeak with my little brother included to the program. +27c degrees and sun made my smile wider and my skin browner:D Satisfying result!


After that I’ve been training mostly at home, only one “small” problem rolling in my head all the time. I don’t know who would be my coach!!!! And that’s more than a huge question cause now we’re talking about the years until Olympic Wintergames in 2015! As you may know our Anatoly came back to Kontiolahti, and I had been co-operating with my Norwegian coach since October. Then we also got a new A-team coach Mika Haapoja (my ex-coach before I moved to Östersund) . And how come, I had three eager coaches willing to coach me, but dunno how I came to the option that nobody expected! Somehow (and with help of my dearest..including phonecalls to all around the world..) Tomi Kuutti from Lahti (Also Kaisa’s and Mari’s ex-coach) is now supposed to bring something fresh to my body. I’m trusting now that this system will work and bring me a new level in my skiing. Shooting things I’m handling with Anatoly and co. So there shouldn’t be any problem. I have also started a new mental training program with Christoph Treier and I hope I’ll reach my goals easier when he’s around!:)


We have now a brandnew coachgroup, including also Kaisa’s personal coach Jarmo Punkkinen. Thus far everything seems okey and I hope it will be even better! We have more trainingcamps than ever before and that means only more days abroad… J Ruhpolding, Obertilliach, Ramsau, Vuokatti and Muonio, for A-team.. Maybe I’m coming along with them to some of the camps! In the meanwhile I’ll be training at home with Ahti and Anatoly, once in a while taking a tour to Lahti to my personalcoach. Who knows, maybe I’m also moving to that direction pretty soon. But about that and the reasons later then:D


So I’m heading to Lahti now and tomorrow morning to Otepää for two weeks. After that it’s time for the wedding of my big brother<3 That will be sensitive and great day. A relaxing day between the trainingcamps and Finnish Cross-Summerbiathlon Champs…

Returning here later ,I’m then one year older and one year wiser, happily and eager to see again the beloved ones.:)

Hugs xxx

Interview with Viktoria Semerenko by Maria Osolodkina, Translated by Anastasiya Mironets

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Vita is an excellent half of one whole Ukrainian miracle named Semerenko. They are always together, supporting each other in tough moments and rejoicing when they win. Vita is very similar to Valya by appearance, but the sisters are completely different. They are united by great diligence, perseverance and love for biathlon. At first glance, Vita seemed to be a somewhat reserved and uncommunicative person. But when we got to know each other better, she appeared to be as easy-going as her sister. However, when talking to her, you see that it's not quite true. Before answering the question, Vita looks inside herself. Just a minute ago she was laughing and joking, and a minute later you see a thoughtful look and a slightly sad smile, as if Vita was in her dream world.

Valya has already told about her parents' home, dad, mom and sister in another interview. But the girls also have their own families and our fans must be interested in Vita’s life outside biathlon.

 

- Vita, do you have any special talismans?

- To be honest, last year I even put on certain clothes before the start. But this year I told myself not to believe in this nonsense. Indeed, in most cases you believe in such things when you are not very good at something.

- Do you communicate with athletes from other teams? Who of them can be an example for you when it comes to work?

- We communicate mainly with Russian biathletes. As for work, a lot of athletes work hard. But only 30 per cent of them are natural talents and the remaining 70 are achieving their results through hard work. For example, Neuner is a good runner. I also watch Makarainen, she works well not only on the tracks but also at the shooting range.

- But last year she was not that successful.

- Yes, not that much, but at least she tried. By the way, I watched her last year, and her results were not good at all. Now I see that she has changed the skiing equipment, she currently uses "Fisher" and has become much stronger on the track.

- You are known as an incorrigible patriot. But have you ever got any offers from other teams, because you and your sister are very strong and promising biathletes?

- No one told me about it personally. But I know that if Valya and me do not compete for Ukraine, then it will be a big minus for the team.

- The Sochi Olympic games are approaching, will you have any special preparations or adhere to your usual training plan?

- Honestly, I still cannot even imagine how it will be. But I know that my mood will be different, I will be more confident and not as distressed as I was in Vancouver. Anyway, I'll try. Indeed, exactly because of my embarrassment in Vancouver everything didn’t work out as we expected.

- And there’s more stress at the Olympics?

- Olympics are held every four years. At last Olympics I was a team leader. There were high expectations of coaches, fans, and my own as well. I understood that I bore a great responsibility. But eventually the burden of responsibility and expectations negatively impacted the results.

- How emotionally do you endure failures?

- I am a very vulnerable person. I’ve always thought that I was a very strong athlete, but somehow I became very resentful. However, I am well aware that this is not correct. One must learn to cope with emotions, to be stronger.

- How are you going to cope with this problem?

- The most important thing for me is to stay on my own for a while, because sometimes I can do stupid things and then regret it. Once I calm down, I want to talk to someone, understand and analyze my mistakes.

- When you became an athlete, you had expectations. Were they met? Or did you face the unexpected difficulties?

- I can say that partially yes. My expectations are being gradually met and I am confident that all of my dreams will eventually come true.

- Did you ever regret choosing biathlon as occupation?

- No, never. Biathlon is a very interesting and exciting kind of sports. A lot of adrenalin is released during the races, especially in the pursuit. Unusual excitement appears during the pursuit, as the things are constantly changing there. It is important to be able to stop in time before shooting in order to avoid bad shots. But when you're in good form and control yourself, then everything must work out well. It’s always a great pleasure to show good results.

- If you were not a biathlon athlete, what occupation would you choose? Would it be connected with sports?

- Honestly, I find it hard to say because I never thought about this issue. I’ve been going in for sports since childhood. When you give away all your youth to sports, you know that you should completely commit to it. The life of an athlete is divided into two parts. The first part is with sports, and the second one is without it.

- Have you thought about what will happen next?

- Honestly, after the Olympics I was so disappointed that I started to think about the future. At that moment it even had a negative impact on my results. It’s good that I managed to get myself together and draw conclusions.

 

- You are always with your sister at world cups. Do you fight?

- Sometimes. Especially after the bad races that negatively impact the mood. I need someone to pour out the negative. And who is near me? My sister, my full blood. After that I think: Vita, what are you doing? Only because of this we fight. But in general it’s very nice to have a near and dear person in the team to trust and seek advice from.

- Who usually makes the first step towards reconciliation?

- It depends on the reason for fighting. Sometimes Valya approaches first, sometimes I do. Sometimes we put up on the same day, sometimes the next day. Valya and I are both Capricorns, both stubborn.

- When you are at home, how often do you see your sister?

- We live relatively far away from each other. Of course it’s faster to go by car, but if you go by bus, then it will take you about 40 minutes. Upon arrival it happens that we don’t see each other for a couple of days, but we miss each other soon. I do not know about Valya, but I really miss her. I am constantly thinking about how she is doing, what she is doing and what she is thinking about. Sometimes it’s enough for me just to sit beside her for five minutes and then go home. It’s interesting for me how she lives and what she has bought during the last days. When I visit her, I walk around the apartment, looking out what’s new. And Valya does the same. She comes and says: I have not been here for such a long time, what a nice place.

- Please tell us a little about your husband. How did you meet him?

- My husband is a childhood friend of mine. We’ve known each other since we were in petticoats. We grew up together and were neighbors. We even once measured the distance from his door to my door - it was two meters. Of course, at first we were just friends. We had fought and given nicknames to each other, and later it turned out to be love.

- How old you were when you realized that he was your significant other?

- With Andrew, we started dating back in tenth grade, it lasted one year. At first we were getting to know each other. And when I left school, I realized that he was the man I needed. We’ve been dating for five years before getting married. He was a professional football player. He played for Donetsk’s Shakhtar and studied in Donetsk university. And when we had started dating, he realized that in case of moving to Donetsk he would lose me. Therefore my husband left football for my sake. But he still adores football, and sometimes I’m even jealous of him for football. At first it had annoyed me, and then I put up with it. When it’s possible, I can watch football with him and even comment on it. However, he puts me to sleep in such cases, saying: "Thank you very much, but I don’t need your comments.”

- How did his parents react to the fact that his son married an athlete?

- I will never forget the words of Andrew’s mother. When he went to Donetsk, she told him: “Be careful, as someone may take away the girls” and he told her: “Don’t worry mom, there are two of them!”

- You said that your husband abandoned football for your sake, but what is he doing now?

- Do what, perhaps, I should do. Andrew has to take care of hearth and home and do household chores. Besides, we are both students of the same university (Ukrainian Academy of Banking Industry), and with my frequent absences, he helps me with studying: literature search, information, etc.

- What is the relationship between your and Valya’s husbands? Do they meet each other, maybe watch the races together?

- Two lovely guys will always find a common language, especially since they have so much in common: me and Valya!

- Did Andrew visit world cups with you?

- Not yet. I’d like to arrange it for him, but we haven’t managed to do it yet. However, I hope everything will shape well this season.

- How does your family usually watch the race? Do the relatives just gather together at home or have any special “watching rituals”?

- Well, as a rule they just sit and watch. I know that my husband has his own "little ritual", but I don’t even try to find out the details – that’s useless! Football players are terribly superstitious people.

 

 

 

Laura Toivanen's Blog - Off Season

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Off Season ^^)

And it's officially over!

The Biathlon season 2010- 2011... It started 4th of November and was finished 4th of April when we had these Finnish Championships.

I think 6 months are enough for this far and I didn't want to even think about racing until Easter holidays^^'

ANyways, Finnish Champs and 3 races in the row. At this point of the season it was extremely tough. After one race it was already hard..

We did well in Friday's relay as our Kontiolahti sportclub team Sarianna, Katja and me took Golden medal! It was actually tough fight against Oulu team as I left to the final leg 30sec after the leading team! But we did it! ANd that was all:D

In sprint on Sat I was a bit exhausted, but ran the race finishing 5th with 2 penalties, long after Winner Kaisa! She won 2nd finished Mari 2,5minutes... so so:D Outstanding performance again from her!:)

On Sunday and mass start the the foggy and a bit rainy conditions made the race even more hard! But finishing 6th with 1013 penalties.. eh. last standin ruined my silvermedal thoughts.. (just to mention Kaisa didn't race on that day!)

But relieved feeling after the last finals!!! =) a couple of hours after the race we went to play floorball... nearly 2 hours fun. and after that we were not drinking only hart sport liquids^^'D

So 4 weeks we have kind of vacation. I consider it like the holidays from the work! "Normal people" have theis 4 weeks holidays every year. So do we:) SO now it's the time to visit the friends, cousins.. take maybe some days off abroad to relax and so on.. maybe even some party^^D

One thing I made at first time in my life last saturday.. Trance rave Party in Helsinki!! Laserpoint Labyrinth whatever it was called, anyways:D Everybody was dressed in White and there were a lot of laserlights and of course a lot of people!! great. 8 hours pure trance music. Sander Van Doorn from NL and Blank & Jones from Germany, there are some great Dj's to recommend!:))

Well, Now off to KneeLakeCity (my hometown Polvijärvi) to relax during the Easter holidays..:) I bought also a new snowboard from one of the best snowboarders in Finland, so maybe I need to try this gorgeous board more;)

I was also planning a last minute flight to somewhere and as well as visit in Switzerland but I'll do it maybe later then or not at all^^'

But I wish you all Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern! Glad Påsk! Hyvää Pääsiäistä!!

See ya later.. dress in white;))

 

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 1:47 AM 0 comments Monday, March 21, 2011

Laura Toivanen's Mid-Season to end of season Blog

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Five to go!! B)

Third update in the row.. You bet I have a rest day?.D yep. Two weeks to go before the season is over. We have still Finnish Champs in Cross-coutry and as well in biathlon. Next weekend we'll go to Kuopio and I will ski sprint and relay! It will be fun I think so...:) Unfortunately I've been too tired to think about traveling/competing abroad anymore, so Sweden and Switzerland has to wait for me a bit more to arrive.. Later!!;)

Otherwise I'm planning to enjoy the lovely spring weathers here at home. The tempereture is still in minus grades at nights so there's still quite a much snow and cónditions are perfect^^)

The first weekend in April we have then biathlon season ending here in Kontiolahti! Let's take the last fight against the World's best and Finland's best biathletes:) On Friday relay, on Saturday Sprint and the season will be finished by Mass start! After that I'm only counting the days when I'm back at the airport... :P

The homecoming is always nice, but for me already one week feels too boring, eh dunno. Maybe I'm used to have a bit stressy life abroad... at the sametime it's also nice! The life at home, training and those things at this time of the season is not so funny anymore^^') I think I need to take vacation and then I'm full of energy and will be back in the business first of May;)

My little brother came home yesterday night from Oslo. I had been cleaning up the house in every corner, cooking a yammy hamcheeseroll plus strawberrymousse.. the sauna was hot and some beers in the fridge. eh what would a man prefer???;D

Only one man in the world can get even better...;)

Now off to the sunshine and day off:D and boxing lessons are waiting for...

xox

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 7:29 AM 0 comments The next (cold) part- Siberia!!

From the sunny lovely Italian Alps we headed to the other side of Ural mountains. The city builded to the middle of nowhere, only oilplatforms decorating our view from the 5 stars hotel-- (only builded for the biathletes, and maybe 3rd time in use:D)

We had sunshine also there, but the other things like -15c and sometimes like a hurricane wind didn't give the same spirit as in Italy! The food was still quite good here, even if we had been expecting something worse due to our last visit to Russian marks (Ostrov 2009)..

Otherwise the strict laws with the weapons and police(milizi) everywhere made me feel like in a gansterwar^^D

The trip from München straight to Khanty-Mansiysk was smooth, we could have been waiting even more, but we didn't:D arriving around 3am to the hotel and off to bed.. I couldn't sleep. EH. Time difference to Italy was 4 hours so there were no panic!

Only in the mornings when you have to hurry up to the brekfast before 10am was hard.!!!:D The following week I was sleeping until the noon, eating my own porridge in the hotelroom:D

After arriving and training a few days I felt a bit weird. It was hard to know if I was tired or why^^ During the first 3 days I got massages and my legs felt nearly okey. Anyways our coaches changed their minds a couple of times in a day, and we had a qualification to the sprint with Sarianna! 3K and 2 shootings. Well at 10 am trainingtime and my pissed off -mind due to the desicions and not-okey-feeling in muscles. I shot 1+1, sarkku 0+0... and my skiing, didn't even get the speed. So I spend the next few days in bed.. Finally it was actually a good choice cause I didn't still feel topfit! And Sarkku did, the best result in WorldCup so far!.)

So what about others. Well, I think you know that our Kaisa did well... more than well!!! the great season so far and now even Worldchampion in pursuit after the silvermedail in sprint!

It was a sensitive and glorious moment when I saw her face on the finish line, waving the flag that I have been taping to my skipole and giving it just before the line!! GREAT!=))

Hopefully the finnish biathlon is getting a boost from this..

..

For me the first Worldchamps start was then in individual race. On that day we didn't have very fair conditions. On the morningrun the wind was blowing so hard that moving against wind was nearly impossible!! -15c and... :D After Kaisa's pursuit there were some parties, but I skipped the most fun due to my sickness. Well I felt kind of okey, only my hurting back (SI- thing down in the back was locked) was a big problem! Our massieur tried to push hard to get it okey, but cause it's not anything to do with the muscles it wasn't really helping.

But the race was still quite okey! only 3 penalties in difficult conditions wasn't bad. Unluckily I had one of the laziest skiing performances this year^/ pain in the back and slow cold snow. So far away from the normal course time.. Place 49th in WorldChamps isn't really bad, though! I must be glad to be in top 50 first time ever!!! Next year I'll take already worldcup points,;))

I got some help from the swiss physio later on the week so that my skiing felt a lot better in relay!!=) Danke Patrick und co!!.)) er fehlt noch ein paar bierlis.. I think without swiss guys these 4 weeks would have been much more miserable..

So when the others started to party after men's relay (or even earlier) we focused to the relay. Well it was only average from us compared to Antholz, but also the conditions were even trickier! Place 11th and Kaisa's 0+0 without reservs was good! I for example lost my time on the range taking 2+3 extrabullets next to nervous Sleptsova. shame shame..

So packing up the things and off to party. Next morning early flight to Oslo.. And I think I saw more than one tired athlete in the plane;)

And cause the relay was a qualirace (again) Sarkku could stay in Oslo for a few more days..

I headed back HOME!!!!:D

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 5:18 AM 0 comments First Part - Ridnaun!

Like I promised. Let's take a step back to Valentine's Day 14th of February!

A day when you're supposed to remember all you dearest friends. I hope my friends know they are important without any special day, though^^) I kind of passed this monday somehow..

Anyways, I was standing at München airport already 9 am, waiting for my friend Mario to come and pick me and my brother... on the way to Ridnaun and Italy!

From the icecold -25c at home we had come to sunny Italy and +5! There were not much snow left down in the valleys, but still some amounts up the on the mountains:)) oh great!

Our friend and coach Anatoly had arranged a good accommodation just next to the big Schneeberg-hotel.. You just need to walk out from the door out to the shooting range. Perfect!=)

Well, It was sunny only for this day. Next few days it was snowing quite a lot(40cm?), and the track was supersoft! Maybe due to this I had a bit too high intensity in my trainings and in the end of week my legs were hard like stones. And a lack of massieur...

We moved on to another accommodation on Saturday, living the whole week in the same house with swiss team...!!! Joy!=)) Next to the skitrack and excellent flat!

The first race was on Monday when the men had their individual 20K/15K race. My little brother skied again superfast but 5 penalties dropped him to the place 17th. For me the first race on tuesday was like a comedy. Stone legs and high altitude didn't really help. Only my shooting, except the last standing (3) was okey.

From this day my brother got sick, me being awake half of the nights cause of his coughing. But it got even worse as he had a horrible pain in the stomach. One late evening I then took him to the hospital.

So that's why there weren't any finnish relay teams running to the finish on Thursday. Always missing one part from a team^^' "hilarious"damn.. NOT!

Sprint race on Sat was neither a hilarious one, my shooting seemed to be anything but easy-going. 3 penalties and I end up to the the place 40! oh gott. Luckily my legs were a bit better, maybe cause of non-stressy evenings...;)

Luckily the day after my skiing got a tiny boost even if the sunny weather had changed to snowfall (again)..My nearly super shooting 0+0+0+2 was satisfying!:) There was something to cheer up anyways eh!:D

The next job was to pack all the things and fly next day then to Khanty-Mansiysk and World Championships!!:)

Two weeks in Italy was great what comes to people and athmosphere. I enjoyed my stay...And I'm missing all the time...

But new experiences were waiting for us on the other side of the globe .... Dawai dawai!!;)

ps. skiingpics taken by Mario Danzl, biathlon Austria!

The other ones taken by Mika Haapoja!=)

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 4:35 AM 0 comments Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Long time, no see -4 weeks adventure!

Ciao!

I arrived yesterday back home, felt like a train had droven over me. Depressing weather with plus zero and snowfall, grey greatness to be at home^^' eh. A bit over 4 weeks I've been all over the world, as how I could say. First two weeks in Italy in Open European Championships then 2 weeks in chilly Siberia in World Championships! (Comments and pics following in the next update!:D)

Having still a jetlag (from siberia plus partying.;)) I woke up today at 8 am, without alarm, feeling great! The grey landscapes had turned into sunshine and -5c! We have been eating two weeks a bit "heavier" russian food, so now I can cook and bake whatever I really want!! jipiii!!!! The strict timetable with trainings, changing clothes, dinnertimes etc have changed to easy-going life eh and "wear-whatever or nothing" :DD Also the empty fridge has been filled again and oh the glory when I got into the sauna first time in 4 weeks!!:))) It's nice to be home... for a while;)

I will enjoy one week all alone at home... Maybe tomorrow I'll get my skies and rifle, dunno where they are, hopefully not anymore in Russia!!! It feels very poor without, especially in this weather! We have still 3 weeks to go before the season is over..

I was in Oslo too, but got the directflight back home, so no more Worldcup starts for me this season! Hoping for better results and more WorldCup races next season then! I'm already missing you my dear biathlonfriends!:)

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. -J.Paterno

I'll be going Swedish or Schweizer Champs the next week, maybe. If it's just working out well.. We have also Finnish Champs in Cross-country and Biathlon coming on:D So tough end for the season aanyways!

We'll see what happens. As I'm a bit restless now... Missing a lot to Switzerland, but would also like to see me swedish friends.. and also other friends here and there:)) How I will handle everything ouii...

Now off to Sauna!! :D

ps. no jokes about it...;)) It's just a same thing like you would eat.. everyday,)

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 8:55 AM 0 comments Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mr. Champion!!

YEAAAAA!

As you didn't already know...:D My super little brother was 4th in the JuniorWorldCHampionships Sprint in Nove Mesto! So little did he lost.. 0,3 seconds from the medal!! It's so close.. but only shows that he is fit!!! Beware-.- Pursuit wasn't that great but 13th place is still great!!:P Congrats!

(He also won in January the Cross-country Finnish Championships on 10km's skate race U23 and he's just 21. great potential..!=))

I had my own champange in the fridge^^' And it's been delighting a bit as I've been a bit sick since I came back home from the hard World Cup circus.. And also a lot of other disturbing things going on...

I'll be training (when I'm not sick..) two weeks from now on at home. And leaving to Ridnaun, Italy for preparationcamp for the European Championships at 14th.. probably:D

Can't wait for...:)) After the Ridnaun there's a chance that you may see me also in WOrld Championships.. But that's still a bit unsure:) Updating later!!

School...???? I'll take care of it! NOW:D

AND ABOUT THE SUCCESS AND BIATHLONLIFE;

All we can blame is firstly, our crazy big brother who was the first of us three to start this tricky sport called biathlon (I bet you've never heard!:D), then we must blame our parents who kicked us to go out rather than sit inside the house playing nintendo. ( I must be allergic to winter air..) As well we have to blame our grandmums taking care of energybalance when we have been "busy" (=lazy:D). Too delicious...yok.

Mostly we have to blame also the coach(es) on the way... Why on earth they were yelling there about technic and all the advice... horrible! And what if there were not our biathlonfriends and colleagues who were training with us, pushing us forward year by year.. (Don't they anything else to do?)

And about the sponsors and sport Club! Shame on you.. so much supporting and waste of money! And finally we are blaming the non-biathlon friends.. disturbing the focused, all-the-time-biathlon-in mind -living... shame shame on you!!

Shame on all..:D and This speech was not about to blame on you. It's all about thanking=)

Really:)

Yours, Laura

See you.. B)

ps. I am sure I saw the sun today!! 0_o

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 10:27 AM 0 comments

 The Last from the triple blessed Cups!:D

So from rainy Ruhpolding to Suntholz. ANtholz is well-known from it's sunny windless weathers and perfect tracks! We didn't have sun every day but It was totally like a dream after the previous two weeks!:)

Four girls from FInland, actually all been representing Kontiolahti SportClub . Mari, Sarkku and me= the youngster super relay team( wiht tens of gold medals) and our yellow bib Kaisa. Couldn't be funnier:) Our Hotel was also like a heaven, awesome Italian food, swimmingpool, and luxorius rooms, and all girl together!:) It helped a lot to get a good atmosphere for the relay! I think that was the key---

First Sprint on Friday where I did a good performance. Though, 2 penalties from the standing is too much. But skiing time, loosing less than ever. (Yea yea. I fell down again, in the icy down-hill curve before the first splittime. I may have lost not only the whole speed to this uphill but maybe 15seconds at least^^' My poor ass... was hurting the next day, a lot!:DD hehheh, LOL

Anyways!!!!! It was OK in sprint but our relay was really GREAT!!=) Only 9 spare bullets, and no penalties. It must be ALso some kind of record during the previous years..

So 10th place alltogehter, just 23 seconds behing podium place and Norway!! WOW. We were (are still) very happy!:) We were smiling together with the sun and perfect -8..:)

so back to home.... =) Greetings for all the supporters and people on the track! I'm sorry that I couldn't always regonize or it was impossible to stop... maybe next time:))

Posted by Laura Toivanen at 10:15 AM 0 comments Wolrd Cup 2. Ruhpolding!!

So early monday morning back to the road and we headed towards the Alps.. Actually the sun was shining:D First and Last time within a week^^'

The bustrip was long, thanks for our biathloncollegues from Kazakhstan. I suppose they jsut woke up at that time when the bus arrived to the hotel 0_o

I had never been to Ruhpolding so I cant' compare how was the track and things earlier, better or worse. Anyways I liked the track, even though these tricky down-hills were not really "skiable".. I think we saw tens of "fails" during the women's races...^^'

Mari left to Liberec and we were the only girls with Kaisa! On tuesday we got to celebrate Kaisa's birthday. Cake and something..:D lecker!

In the program we had individual race and sprint.. (+ pursuit)

At that day when we had individual race, I didn't make a morning running like usually. I looked out from the window, it was pouring rain, total heavy one:D Unbelievable. I think I changed clothes like 4times at that time... It didn't really help eh As you got wet after 2minutes..:P

I did a quite a good race anyways. Penalties 0+2+0+1 and the place 68th is my personal best. It was even near.. the top 60! the last shot cracking;)

Also the skiing felt a lot better than in Oberhof. Due to wide tracks and harder track it was easier to find my own natural racespeed and I even remembered to breathe.. (It was about time..:D)

In sprint I was a bit careless, that's why 2+2 misses. The skiing felt okey but I think I should have still started a bit faster.. Anyways, Like my coach said, Sometimes it's good not to survive so well. So I'll be much better later then:)

I think most of my friends have already seen me crossing the finish line... Must be some kind of record; I was FLYING to the finish. A small balance mistake, and I nearly fell down before the finish line, but somehow I survived with one ski just to above the line^^' Check out Youtube:DD

Some ruassian fan of mine had made marvellous videos of my falling..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH7Qeibzglk

As well I didn't survive to Pursuit with that performance, But still someone of the cameramen found me photoing with Kaisa's camera beside the track^^' And again some russian fan made a short video... ENJOY:D LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m3cCXHWVxQ or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmrHjrSHSNk&feature=related

The Saturday evening I spent with the team by pizza and git also one visitor. was great! =)

OFF to SUntholZ!!:D

ps. We got Sarkku from Altenberg to relay... jippii^^')

Laura Toivanen's Christmas and New Year Blog

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

New Year, new tricks and experiences. Hopefully the bad things will stay in the year 2010, but may all thee good things follow us to this year!!=) That was said by a dear friend of mine from Sweden. And it really sounds great if would be so easy... Let's hope the "troubles" will be sweeped away soon anyways!:)

I spent Christmas time at home in Polvijärvi, taking it easy! The temperature stayed around -25c, even -32c so there were not much training outside.. Once we were walking with snowshoes in our nationalpark Koli! You can check out some pics from Facebook. Very pretty, but a bit cold and frozen white eyeflashes:P But it was fun! I think it was my first time in the winter when I was there:)

Otherwise I had been very nice and kind during the year as I got so many presents. One of the best, a big PINK bag of tools... very handy!:D As you know the best at Christmas is when you are allowed to eat delicious food! hour-long-dinners together with family.. :) Just have to be careful with "over-weight" as there were not so much training^^D

I gave to my Dad an English- phrasebook, He has to learn a bit more!!:D As I said him, you never know from which country my boyfriend will come!:p hehe. Above that a guidebook to Austria was included to the present... ;)

On Monday I got the a kick-start to the training by a boxing lesson. It was great!!:D I guarantee that you wil feel your upperbody the following day...

The training continues this week, as I couldn't even celebrate new year that much! Anyways hope you had fun and the next year even funnier!:))

Well, tomorrow off we go to Helsinki and on Monday we are already in Oberhof, Germany!!=)

The first World Cup of this year, and the second one in my career! Wish me luck and check out www.biathlonworld.com and liveresults!!:)

The relay will start 6th of January at 19.30 german time, also 20.30 finland's time!!! very late I think.. and Sprint will follow then on Saturday!

Off to lovely winter weather and then packing.. BIS BALD!!;)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An early X-Mas present!

Arrivederci!

Sunny Martell, I will miss you! =)

From warm Italy we headed back to Obertilliach where the last races of this year were held. Sprint on Friday and pursuit on Saturday! For our tiny team (4 men and 2 women) Sprint wasn't so brilliant as it could be. Maybe recovery from the high-altitude Martell wasn't so ideal, anyways, only the "youngsters" Sami and me survived to pursuit. For me the cold weather and new snow was a bad combination and the "easy feeling" (skiing only shorts underneath in Martell) was away. In sprint I got 0+2 penalties but lost seems-like-a-calenderyear at the track! puuh. It didn't really help that we had a bit bad glide under the skies. (Fischer never lets me down!)

On Saturday it was even more horrible underneath the skis. Our lonely waxman couldn't conjure the glide as the russians for example. But somehow i fought my way to Finish, getting 1+0+2+2 penalties and the low rang 50th! That sounds like a nightmare, but as I checked last years results I had lost over a loop to the winner at that time. And in Sprint I had the same position, but last year 1 penalty! I hope it's getting better now--- I'm finally at home!!:D no more spaghetti and minced meat sauce.^^'

So back to the track. After races we headed straight to München... Eagerly waiting for flight back home. As the rest of Europe was fighting against snowheaps we managed to get home... Nice. Only missing my baggage, rifle and skies. Luckily a day after my arrival I got them. :)

One good race and a couple of okey races and lot of experience, again. That's the result from the latest three weeks! Not good, not bad. Anyways I think after this Christmas pause and training I'll be more fit and locker. : )

On Monday I was Christmas shopping and I got some perfect presents for my beloved ones:) Daddy will get something really awesome!:DD I'll tell you later... heh.

BUT one of the best Christmas presents I got already!! A phonecall from the coach. I'll be starting in WorldCup in January! So Biathlon WorldCup in Oberhof at first, then maybe Ruhpolding and Anterselva!!=) So Come on everybody and cheers!! See you hopefully on the track!:)))

Still, One of my merriest X-mas wishes is that I would get a kind note from a vip person... Looking forward to January... =) Maybe my wish comes true..

Now time for Christmas Holidays! Tomorrow I'll head to our Nationalpark Koli and take my snowshoes and take a round:) -30c degrees and sunshine. And the shortest day of the year! Luckily it's spring soon!=)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011! God Jul och gott nytt år! Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! С Рождеством Христовым и с Новым годом!

xox,

Laura

ps. A warning for naughty kids (and adults). In Martell we had a team dinner on Thursday. During the funny evening we got a visit from 5 Krampus. Check out from Google what they are for. Anyways these hairy monsters slapped (specially) girls with their "brooms". I was hanging out with austrian boys, and the boys tried to get them on me. This one in the picture came afterwards to me.. Me yealling " Ich bin nicht böse"..( I'm not naughty) and he just laughed like a naughty Santa.. "Ich glaub dir nicht.." (I don't believe you) :DD Crazyyyyy. Auf Wiedersehen!:)

 

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Laura Toivanen's blog from Muonio

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

 

Muonio and the season starts!!.)

 

Ramsau, Ramsau.. I've been in Finland over a month! The latest weeks have been flying and it's time for season start soon!!

As there has been no time or no internet it has been a bit difficult to guess where I'm:D Now I'm at home in Joensuu and heading tomorrow to Helsinki and from there to Oslo! And the destination is Beitostölen:) There will be the first biathlon IBU-cup this season...

After Ramsau we had two weeks trainingperiod here in Kontiolahti, mostly in good conditions, sometimes rainy and warm. Well, unfortunately, I got sick just 5 days before the first qualification-race in Vuokatti! Poor me. Hard training and rainy weather didn't fit together.. I didn't even go to school to avoid this huge fluwave (Okey, I wouldn't go there anyways:D). Pity but true, I stayed 3 days in Vuokatti doing nothing, without internet and watching when others were fighting from the places to IBU-cup! As our (whole) A-team, Kappa and Mari are heading straight to Östersund there's only one place to World cup. And in men's category as well 3 places. So after Beito we will know who continues to Sweden and who to Italy! (IBU-cup preparation in Obertilliach/Ridnau).

Anyways, straight from Vuokatti we headed to Muonio to the last trainingcamp before the season starts! Long way to drive, but me and my lt bro managed to make it quick. So 10 days training, living in a lovely house with Kappa, only 5 meters from the track! So after being sick a while I managed to get on my feet again and "catch" the days I lost earlier... It was also nice to see biathlonfriends from other countries. Swedish team just left the place when we arrived and the germans came there only a few days later:)

We had one trainingcompetition during the last days, pursuit with individual start. In this cold weather I didn't get the feeling for shooting but skiing was okey, only 1 minute after Kappa. But must say she didn't take all in:) As you know she was 7th in Muonio skating race only a 2 days earlier, only 30sec after Follis, Kowalzyk and Majdic. WOW!

The season started officially later then last weekend when we had gp-races here in Kontiolahti. After long homejourney and some specialtraining I had lost the "greatest" feeling, and climbing up the world cup-track at this time of the season felt like crawling in the mud.D Anyways Kaisa won outstanding again, leaving (well-shot) Mari by a minute, and olympic winner Kuzmina over a minute!! I managed to hit 4 and 4 but in the skiing time I lost 3 minutes instead of last weeks 1 minute. usch. In pursuit my shooting was nearly good, that means 1+0+0+3. The last standing was shaking legs after 4 loops this "lovely" track:p

I got anyways the place to the team, as the coaches believed that I can do better. So I'm heading to Norway and who knows where I'm later:) But beware of Kaisa! On Sunday she won over two minutes before Kuzmina.. let's see how it goes after a week!! Now it's time for packing again:) It'll be interesting too see where the other stands at this early time of the season.. Would be nice to start in Östersund, but it may be too early for me...

Week by week it goes better. Mainly cause I'm having a bit easier training from now on..:))

See ya somewhere in Europe!!!!!=) on the road again...

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From Ramsau!!!! by Laura Toivanen, Finland

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Well, as most of you know we had a trainingcamp in Ramsau, in lovely Austria! In the program there was skiing on the glaciär/aufm Gletscher at the altitude of 2600 above the sea level! quite high, but stunning views and good tracks!:)) This year there was much more snow than the previous year, no black snow, only a bit icy tracks early in the morning! And who could believe I was waking up earlier than 7am just to get up to the gondol and to ski!:D But if you have been there even once, or seen some pics... it's worth it!:) Sunshine and allt that.. Just so awesome. During 15 days when we were there I filled my "mental"batteries for the coming season and these miserable/dark weathers here in Finland I'll stand by this imagination, skiing in Ramsau:))

What comes to the weather, the first two days it was snowing up there, couldn't see the track properly but the tracks weren't icy at least and the skies were gliding all the way perfect^^' the next 13 days it was just awesome sunshine:D that's why i still look a bit like a pandabear:)

Down in the valley we had good conditions for training, on the rollerskies, running with poles, powertrainings etc. Even shorts were needed!!:) Grejjjt!

We did the hard trainings "downstairs" and up there only quite easy.. someday higher lactat, some other day " i believe i can fly!..:D (means excellent!) One rest day and two half days off we drove the program. Some guys of our finnish team were a bit sick during the last few days, but otherwise the camp succeeded pretty well I think. Also my little brother, first time there, was doing really great. Training with the "big ones" without any problems.. I say beware, he's fit for the JWCH's!;)

I enjoyed the stay there, and actually wanted to stay there a bit longer...=) for that I had many reasons, but one of them was the chilly weather here in Finland! Since Wednesday there's been snow on the ground!! oh well.. luckily today when I was skiing first time here in Kontiolahti at the cooled ski track it was a bit sunny.) Just to mention we have 3,5km's track here, 60cm snow and world cup tracks ready for us, for russians and some other teams:)

4th of November we have the first qualification race in Vuokatti. The first and the last!! so early, but same for everone.. It's the q-race for IBu-cup in Beitostölen, if you don't get there you can forget the other races abroad as well during December! Tough game, isn't it?

I'll do my best, and if it's not enough I just need to train more. This year we have only 3 places in WC, and 4 places in IBU-cup so the competition is hard!

But time for relax and sauna. Luckily our perfect hotel in Ramsau, Kobaldof, offered us finnish sauna every evening, swimming, golf and other stuff to get a good relaxation between and after the trainings:) Plus points go to Austrian biathlon A-kader, keeping me some company when I had a bit boring as the only finnish girl living in that hotel. I was also using my german, swedish and russian skills as the lifts were full of norwegians, and swedish biathlon and military teams were there as well. Germany biathlon teams joined us the second week, funny boys andi, simon etc:D As the canadians left the building and there came hundreds of russians I forgot my few french phrases and tried to speak some russian instead... Incredible but true, I managed some conversations:P

But now off... talk you later... in english.^^')

training hard and waiting for the first biathlon races.. hopefully you too!?;)

Results of Russian National Rollerski Championships

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Here's the top 10 in each race at Ufa.

Junior women sprint

 

1. Kuznetsova, Larisa

2. Nadeeva, Larisa

3. Alikina, Alexandra

4. Filappova, Margarita

5. Suraeva, Anna

6. Shesterikova, olga

7. Kazakova, Tatiana

8. Rybakova, Kristina

9. Semenova, Tatiana

10. zubova, Ekaterina.

 

Senior women sprint

 

1.Korovina, Marina

2. Guseva, Nataliya

3.Romanova, Yana

4. Glazyrina, Ekaterina

5. Kornilyuk, Ekaterina

6. Tokereva, Anastasia

7.  Yurlova, Ekaterina

8. Darina, Yelena

9. Sadilova, Maria

10. Petrova, Lubov

 

Junior women Individual

 

1. Alikina, Alexandra

2. Galich, Olga

3. Nadeeva, Larisa

4. Iliniych, Alena

5. Pleschukova, Nataliya

6. Rechalova, Ekaterina

7. Filappova, Margarita

8. Semenova, Tatiana

9. Suriaeva, Anna

10. Kuznetsova, Larisa

 

Senior Women Individual

 

1. Svetlana Sleptsova

2. Bogaliy-Titovets, Anna

3. Romanova, Yana

4. Guseva, Nataliya

5. Zaitseva, Olga

6. Tokareva, Anastasia

7. Glazyrina, Ekaterina

8. Yurlova, Ekaterina

9. Ermolaeva, Lubov

10. Korovina, Marina

 

Men

Mens junio sprint

1.Tsvetkovv, Maxim

2. Shmykov, Evgeny

3. Tolmachev, Artem

4. Burdinsky, Vladimir

5. Snipich, Vitali

6. Kryukov, Ivan

7. Rusinov, Dimitry

8. Karaulov, Sergei

9. Timeev, Genady

10. Antipin, Denis

 

Mens sprint

 

1. Tchudov, Maxim

2. Botcharnikov, Sergei

3. Kolodichuk, Oleg

4. Shipulin, Anton

5. Volkov, Alexey

6. Yeliseev, Nikolai

7. Churine, Alexey

8. Dubasov, Andrey

9. Ogarkov, Alex.

10 Balandin, Sergei

 

Junior mens individual

1. Pichuzhkin, Ivan

2. Kornev, Alexey

3. Burdinsky, Vladimir

4. Filimonov, Vadim

5. Snipich, Vataliy

6. Yakshukov, Nikolai

7. Ochotnikov, Pavel

8. Shmykov, Evgeny

9. Akimov, Vatcheslav

10. Rychkov, Sergei

 

Mens Individual

 

1. Maximov, Maxim

2. Tcherezov, Ivan

3. Churin, Alexey

4. Yelchin, Dimirty

5. Tschudov, Maxim

6. Shipulin, Anton

7. Gusev, Artem

8. Volkov, Alesey

9. Yelkhin, dimitry

10. Minchenkov, Igor.

 

 

Laura's Blog (Laura Toivanen, finland)

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Monday, October 24, 2011It's time for skies! Privet! That's the greeting I'm wishing with smile nearly every morning here in Kontiolahti! There are teams at least from Khanty-Mansiysk and St.Petersburg, and Kuzmina and co!:) But it's not too busy on the cooled skitrack and I'm able to do my trainings as planned. I spent two times one week training in Vuokatti. At the first time we had our "first and last" trainingcamp with B-team, that because all the previous camps have been partly only races and sometimes even we lived at home so so... Luckily our B-teamcoach took it all quite easy-going and I was able to adjust the program a little bit with my own coach:) This camp was really good break after the miscellaneous times with moving and stress^^ Last week I was once again in Vuokatti, training by my own. Half of the time having company of my boyfriend and half of the time alone.. Or how could I say; together with Belarus team and a lot of other skiers, starting their schoolbreak and autumnholidays by skiing outside on the 1,5k track! And when I arrived back home, Ahti also arrived from the superlong trainingcamp in Ruhpolding and Ramsau! It's been a bit worse conditions up on the glacier this year, but nevertheless; Ahti is really fit:D And he is already named to the Worldcup team to ??stersund! On the girls side only Kaisa and Mari are sure for the big cup. So there are two places left and they will be decided after the qualiraces here in Kontiolahti 19 th of Nov. Otherwise it's time to relax few days now, before we head to Muonio at 5th of November. There're supposed to be also German and swedish biathlon teams! That means the raceseason is starting soon when you see more and more biathletes training tiptop.^^' I'm excited and not at all nervous, I'm not worried if I'm not skiing in the first WorldCup. Of Course it would be great, especially when the first place ??stersund is my second hometown (like I always say:)) and also I've heard there are many friends and fans coming around!:) But in the meanwhile it would be easy to ski in Ibu-cup when you know the places; Ridnaun and Obertilliach are both excellent for training and also situated at the higher altitude... Anyways, I accept every desicion where I'll be skiing or if I ski at all abroad! Who knows. My shape is getting better but it's hard to know where I stand, so in the middle of October:) We were supposed to have a trainingcamp in Vuokatti, starting tomorrow but due to lack of money in our biathlonassociation we don't have it. (nor a-team!!!:o) But as I told you before I hope our next camp in Muonio will be there... And in the end, The season is actually starting this sunday!! Cross-country Finnish cup starts on Saturday in Vuokatti, and I'll be skiing relay with Kontiolahti SportClub on Sunday together with Kaisa and Sarianna! so there we are, Saarinen, Lähteenmäki and co. Cool!! Let's see... Otherwise I'm of to swim again to the lake with Sampo, Just 3 times in the sauna and then 4 times a small round in the lake;) refreshing and awesome!! ps. Recommended book to read for German biathlonfans, or anybody who's interested in Finland from a viewpoint of a german man:) Wolfram Eilenberger- Finnen von Sinnen! geiles Buch-- er wird(oder hat schon) nach Finnland umziehen um eine Finnin zu heiraten und dann erzählt er auch wie viel die Finnen spinnen;)) *gg* Posted by Laura Toivanen at 10:22 AM 0 comments Thursday, September 8, 2011Behind the scenes?! Hou! Oh this time's passing so quickly! Sorry!=) So how is it going over here? There's been a lot of things happening behind the scenes. I just wanted to show how it happens... the results are not always "just" what they show. How people usually do? -check out the results from the races and blame the losers and cheer for the winners. easy eh? Most of the time there are many unknown facts that should be considered before you cheer or blame..^^' I'm not talking just about me, but also about all the athletes! Well, there really have been going on something. And in this case there are things like moving, packing, cleaning, racing, training, school, boyfriend, decorating, playing, worrying... eh demanding me just to take a nap! -But I don't have even time fot that! After my big brother's wedding, it's been all but easy! I have to mention that my first (hopefully not the last) weddingday was memorable and lovely, but also causing very aching feet and also I got a flue! Next weekend after that we had finnish cross-biathlon champs, and it didn't really help my feeling in my body when I HAD to start in the races. Well, luckily I wasn't that bad and we took even the relay gold for Kontiolahti! So let's count, one week sick and the next week I was kind of resting in Helsinki and then heading to Lahti where I was training with my personal coach! At this part I felt okey, but once again there were IBU-cup roller races coming... So I think I was kind of healthy one week and of course you're supposed to do a lot of trainings, well due to that and all the other stressy things (like packing, cleaning up for the new address!!!) I started in rollerraces... Everyone can check out the results, and think oh she's not doig very well... In the big new steap uphill I was nearly dead, and in addition to bad skiing I even shot 2 misses from standing. Somewhere between Otepää trainingraces and that day (5weeks) I had lost over 100seconds compared to my fellow Sarianna. 10seconds behind in Otepää and now we could be nearly counting hours^^D My nervsystem was tired, so did my muscles, in that case you have no choice to take in some oxygen..^D Well, I skipped the pursuit day and continued my non-athletic lifestyle with packing and stressing. so on... And that means one week total stress with big packs and new address stuff. Luckily we got it finished before the Finnish roller-biathlon champs just during the next weekend! But there were no better way. One day during the previous week I realized I had to calm down and stop worrying about every single thing when I was crying all day along, even in the training...^^/ My new home is now here in the centrum of Joensuu, just a few steps away from university.. I'm living now in a huge 106m2 flat with my little brother and boyfriend. It's only ridiculous that both of them took this moving very calmly, and only I was affected so heavily. But dont' worry now I'm doing a little bit better! Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to follow the A-team to Obertilliach trainingcamp, nor I have money for Ramsau sportcamp! This year our lovely association put so heavy costs for the camp that none of b-team can't afford it! That means training days at home... that's a bit heavy for my bright head which loves Austria and the landscapes of Ramsau! However, There were certainly some things going on here, and that's (hopefully) the reason for the poor races at this point of the season. Luckily I've still three months to go before the season starts.... in SWEDEN!!! o vad jag saknar ditåt!:) I'll update later, now I head to dancelessons and wait for the coming sportcamp in Vuokatti! Arrivederci! GLG Posted by Laura Toivanen at 6:47 AM 0 comments Friday, July 29, 2011

Laura's Blog (Laura Toivanen, Finland)

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Monday, October 24, 2011It's time for skies! Privet! That's the greeting I'm wishing with smile nearly every morning here in Kontiolahti! There are teams at least from Khanty-Mansiysk and St.Petersburg, and Kuzmina and co!:) But it's not too busy on the cooled skitrack and I'm able to do my trainings as planned. I spent two times one week training in Vuokatti. At the first time we had our "first and last" trainingcamp with B-team, that because all the previous camps have been partly only races and sometimes even we lived at home so so... Luckily our B-teamcoach took it all quite easy-going and I was able to adjust the program a little bit with my own coach:) This camp was really good break after the miscellaneous times with moving and stress^^ Last week I was once again in Vuokatti, training by my own. Half of the time having company of my boyfriend and half of the time alone.. Or how could I say; together with Belarus team and a lot of other skiers, starting their schoolbreak and autumnholidays by skiing outside on the 1,5k track! And when I arrived back home, Ahti also arrived from the superlong trainingcamp in Ruhpolding and Ramsau! It's been a bit worse conditions up on the glacier this year, but nevertheless; Ahti is really fit:D And he is already named to the Worldcup team to ??stersund! On the girls side only Kaisa and Mari are sure for the big cup. So there are two places left and they will be decided after the qualiraces here in Kontiolahti 19 th of Nov. Otherwise it's time to relax few days now, before we head to Muonio at 5th of November. There're supposed to be also German and swedish biathlon teams! That means the raceseason is starting soon when you see more and more biathletes training tiptop.^^' I'm excited and not at all nervous, I'm not worried if I'm not skiing in the first WorldCup. Of Course it would be great, especially when the first place ??stersund is my second hometown (like I always say:)) and also I've heard there are many friends and fans coming around!:) But in the meanwhile it would be easy to ski in Ibu-cup when you know the places; Ridnaun and Obertilliach are both excellent for training and also situated at the higher altitude... Anyways, I accept every desicion where I'll be skiing or if I ski at all abroad! Who knows. My shape is getting better but it's hard to know where I stand, so in the middle of October:) We were supposed to have a trainingcamp in Vuokatti, starting tomorrow but due to lack of money in our biathlonassociation we don't have it. (nor a-team!!!:o) But as I told you before I hope our next camp in Muonio will be there... And in the end, The season is actually starting this sunday!! Cross-country Finnish cup starts on Saturday in Vuokatti, and I'll be skiing relay with Kontiolahti SportClub on Sunday together with Kaisa and Sarianna! so there we are, Saarinen, Lähteenmäki and co. Cool!! Let's see... Otherwise I'm of to swim again to the lake with Sampo, Just 3 times in the sauna and then 4 times a small round in the lake;) refreshing and awesome!! ps. Recommended book to read for German biathlonfans, or anybody who's interested in Finland from a viewpoint of a german man:) Wolfram Eilenberger- Finnen von Sinnen! geiles Buch-- er wird(oder hat schon) nach Finnland umziehen um eine Finnin zu heiraten und dann erzählt er auch wie viel die Finnen spinnen;)) *gg* Posted by Laura Toivanen at 10:22 AM 0 comments Thursday, September 8, 2011Behind the scenes?! Hou! Oh this time's passing so quickly! Sorry!=) So how is it going over here? There's been a lot of things happening behind the scenes. I just wanted to show how it happens... the results are not always "just" what they show. How people usually do? -check out the results from the races and blame the losers and cheer for the winners. easy eh? Most of the time there are many unknown facts that should be considered before you cheer or blame..^^' I'm not talking just about me, but also about all the athletes! Well, there really have been going on something. And in this case there are things like moving, packing, cleaning, racing, training, school, boyfriend, decorating, playing, worrying... eh demanding me just to take a nap! -But I don't have even time fot that! After my big brother's wedding, it's been all but easy! I have to mention that my first (hopefully not the last) weddingday was memorable and lovely, but also causing very aching feet and also I got a flue! Next weekend after that we had finnish cross-biathlon champs, and it didn't really help my feeling in my body when I HAD to start in the races. Well, luckily I wasn't that bad and we took even the relay gold for Kontiolahti! So let's count, one week sick and the next week I was kind of resting in Helsinki and then heading to Lahti where I was training with my personal coach! At this part I felt okey, but once again there were IBU-cup roller races coming... So I think I was kind of healthy one week and of course you're supposed to do a lot of trainings, well due to that and all the other stressy things (like packing, cleaning up for the new address!!!) I started in rollerraces... Everyone can check out the results, and think oh she's not doig very well... In the big new steap uphill I was nearly dead, and in addition to bad skiing I even shot 2 misses from standing. Somewhere between Otepää trainingraces and that day (5weeks) I had lost over 100seconds compared to my fellow Sarianna. 10seconds behind in Otepää and now we could be nearly counting hours^^D My nervsystem was tired, so did my muscles, in that case you have no choice to take in some oxygen..^D Well, I skipped the pursuit day and continued my non-athletic lifestyle with packing and stressing. so on... And that means one week total stress with big packs and new address stuff. Luckily we got it finished before the Finnish roller-biathlon champs just during the next weekend! But there were no better way. One day during the previous week I realized I had to calm down and stop worrying about every single thing when I was crying all day along, even in the training...^^/ My new home is now here in the centrum of Joensuu, just a few steps away from university.. I'm living now in a huge 106m2 flat with my little brother and boyfriend. It's only ridiculous that both of them took this moving very calmly, and only I was affected so heavily. But dont' worry now I'm doing a little bit better! Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to follow the A-team to Obertilliach trainingcamp, nor I have money for Ramsau sportcamp! This year our lovely association put so heavy costs for the camp that none of b-team can't afford it! That means training days at home... that's a bit heavy for my bright head which loves Austria and the landscapes of Ramsau! However, There were certainly some things going on here, and that's (hopefully) the reason for the poor races at this point of the season. Luckily I've still three months to go before the season starts.... in SWEDEN!!! o vad jag saknar ditåt!:) I'll update later, now I head to dancelessons and wait for the coming sportcamp in Vuokatti! Arrivederci! GLG Posted by Laura Toivanen at 6:47 AM 0 comments Friday, July 29, 2011

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