Deedra Irwin prepares for prone shooting during last week's women's individual at the BMW IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany (photo by Nordic Focus)
The final BMW IBU World Cup stage before the IBU World Championships will be held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, Jan. 19-22. The four days of competition will feature sprints, pursuits and relays as biathletes prepare for next month’s world championships in Oberhof, Germany, starting Feb. 8.
The U.S. Biathlon Team heads into Antholz with some improved ski performances over the last few IBU World Cups and will look to keep the momentum through this weekend’s events.
“It’s been a strong season for the team,” said Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis./National Guard Biathlon Team) who has posted four of her top-10 career performances in the 2022-23 campaign.” Personal bests and consistent performances have made for some awesome racing this year.”
Two weeks ago in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Irwin recorded a career-best in the pursuit with a 28th-place finish, and she is looking forward to skiing on the natural snow that has been accumulating at the Antholz venue.
“Going into Antholz I think we are all excited to be back to winter and real snow,” Irwin added. “I’m personally hoping to end this trimester on a high note going into world championships training camp.”
Irwin will be joined on the U.S. women’s team in Antholz by Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.), Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.), Jackie Garso (Lake Clear, N.Y./Craftsbury Green Racing Project) and Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team) who will be making her World Cup debut.
The U.S. men’s team will consist of Jake Brown (St. Paul, Minn./Craftsbury Green Racing Project), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H./National Guard Biathlon), Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Elite Team) and Maxime Germain (Chamonix-Mont Blanc, FRA/National Guard Biathlon).
Competition at the Antholz-Anterselva World Cup begins Thursday, Jan. 19, and will be live-streamed via Eurovision.
BMW IBU World Cup #6 – Antholz-Anterselva, Italy (all times EST)
Thursday, Jan. 19
8:30 am – Women’s 7.5km sprint
Friday, Jan. 20
8:30 am – Men’s 10km sprint
Saturday, Jan. 21
7:00 am – Women’s 10km pursuit
9:00 am – Men’s 12.5km pursuit
Sunday, Jan. 225:45 am – Women’s 4x6km relay
8:30 am – Men’s 4x7.5km relay