Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)
Tora Berger (NOR), Gabriela Soukalova (CZE), Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN) (l-r)
Jakov Fak (SLO), Emil Svendsen (NOR), Evgeny Garanichev (RUS) (l-r)
Jakov Fak (SLO)
Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN)
Evgeny Garanichev (RUS)
Tora Berger (NOR)
Simon Eder (AUT)


Gabriela Soukalova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated a winning start in pursuit race at biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding. In men's pursuit Jakov Fak (SLO, Fischer) secured his first season's podium.
Win never serious in danger
With an absolutely clear shooting performance Gabriela Soukalova laid the base for her third season's success. Pursuits were for once started with the halved disadvantages after individual races. Although the Czech was not in her best skiing shape today she clearly kept the distance to the others. In her lap lap she was able to ski more relaxed and celebrated with the fans with waving the Czech flag so Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) was just nine seconds behind her after crossing the line despite one miss. Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated her fourth season's podium despite three penalties due to her excellent ski time. Franziska Preuß (GER, Fischer skis and boots) missed one target but was able to hold her ground against the World's best biathletes in finishing excellent fourth, her best ever World Cup result. Veronika Vitkova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) came in fifth ahead of Juliya Dzhyma (UKR, Fischer skis and boots) and Tiril Eckhoff (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). Valj Semerenko (UKR, Fischer) finished eighth followed by Nadezhda Skardino (BLR, Fischer skis, boots and poles).

Jakov Fak finds his shape
Jakov Fak seems to be in a good shape on time for the Olympic Winter Games. After everything worked not so good for him at the beginning of the season the born-Croate used a break due to illness before Christmas for a long training break with great conditions at Pokljuka and skipped besides World Cup in Le Grand Bornand also the races in Oberhof. Now Jakov Fak realized his season's first podium behind Svendsen after finishing fourth yesterday. The Slovenian shot clear and pointed Evgeny Garanichev (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) to third spot. Simon Eder (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) increased from 16 to four while Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) came in fifth. The best seperated performance in today's pursuit showed Tarjei Bø (NOR, Fischer) who was round about half a minute faster today than the second-best and increased from 37 to six. Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer) finished ninth.

Pursuit Women, Ruhpolding (GER):
1. Gabriela Soukalová
CZE 0 00.30.39,80
2. Tora Berger
NOR 1 00.30.49,50
3. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 3 00.31.18,70
4. Franziska Preuß
GER 1 00.31.24,50
5. Veronika Vítková
CZE 1 00.31.25,10
6. Juliya Dzhyma
UKR 1 00.31.27,90
7. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 1 00.31.39,90
8. Valj Semerenko
UKR 2 00.31.49,50
9. Nadezhda Skardino
BLR 0 00.31.53,20
10. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 0 00.31.56,70
11. Anaïs Bescond
FRA 2 00.31.58,20
12. Darya Domracheva
BLR 5 00.31.58,30
13. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 3 00.32.17,80
14. Andrea Henkel
GER 1 00.32.22,40
15. Teja Gregorin
SLO 2 00.32.28,30
Pursuit Men, Ruhpolding (GER):
1. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 0 00.32.38,20
2. Jakov Fak
SLO 0 00.32.56,20
3. Evgeniy Garanichev
RUS 1 00.32.59,60
4. Simon Eder
AUT 0 00.33.03,70
5. Simon Fourcade
FRA 1 00.33.05,40
6. Tarjei Bø
NOR 0 00.33.08,80
7. Dominik Landertinger
AUT 2 00.33.17,30
8. Christoph Sumann
AUT 0 00.33.17,50
9. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 2 00.33.18,20
10. Alexis Bœuf
FRA 1 00.33.18,40
11. Simon Schempp
GER 1 00.33.19,30
12. Jaroslav Soukup
CZE 1 00.33.19,80
13. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 2 00.33.37,70
14. Alexandr Loginov
RUS 2 00.33.39,80
15. Ondřej Moravec
CZE 2 00.33.43,80