Alexey Volkov (RUS), Olga Vilukhina (RUS)
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Olga Zaitseva, Olga Vilukhina, Evgeny Ustyugov, Alexey Volkov (RUS) (l-r)
Emil Svendsen, Tora Berger, Erlend Bjoentegaard, Synnoeve Solemdal (NOR) (l-r)
Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukaleva, Michal Slesingr, Ondrej Moravec (CZE) (l-r)

RUSSIA'S MIXED RELAY WINS FIRST EVENT IN ÖSTERSUND

25.11.2012
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Russia's biathletes started with a strong performance into the new World Cup winter. They won mixed relay event in Östersund presented by Olga Zaitseva, Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer), Alexey Volkov (RUS, Fischer) and Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots).
Russia - Norway - Czech Republic
Russian mixed relay showed a very good performance with only six spare round in season's opening race. They took the lead during the second leg and they never lost their leading position. In the final stretch Ustyugov was 21 seconds ahead of the Norwegians with Fischer skier Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles). Third went to the strong Czech team consisting of Veronika Vitkova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots), Gabriela Soukaleva (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) and Ondrej Moravec (CZE, Fischer) who made a podium with only eight spare rounds.
Mixed Team, Östersund (SWE):
1. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 0+0 0+2 1:12:41.3
1. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 0+1 0+1 1:12:41.3
1. Alexey Volkov
RUS 0+1 0+1 1:12:41.3
1. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 0+0 0+0 1:12:41.3
2. Tora Berger
NOR 0+0 0+1 1:13:02.5
2. Synnoeve Solemdal
NOR 0+2 0+1 1:13:02.5
2. Erlend Bjoentegaard
NOR 0+1 0+3 1:13:02.5
2. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 0+0 0+2 1:13:02.5
3. Veronika Vitkova
CZE 0+2 0+1 1:13:17.7
3. Gabriela Soukalova
CZE 0+0 0+2 1:13:17.7
3. Michal Slesingr
CZE 0+1 0+1 1:13:17.7
3. Ondrej Moravec
CZE 0+0 0+1 1:13:17.7
4. Tina Bachmann
GER 0+0 0+0 1:13:29.2
4. Andrea Henkel
GER 0+0 0+1 1:13:29.2
4. Erik Lesser
GER 0+0 2+3 1:13:29.2
4. Simon Schempp
GER 0+0 0+0 1:13:29.2