Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)
Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK), Gabriela Soukalova (CZE), Marie Laure Brunet (FRA) (l-r)
Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)
Darya Domracheva (BLR)
Simon Eder (AUT), Martin Fourcade (FRA), Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT) (l-r)
Simon Eder (AUT)
Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT)
Daniel Böhm (GER)


Gabriela Soukalova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory in the first season's World Cup event, the individual in Östersund. The Czech won ahead of Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK, Fischer). In men's individual race two Austrians with Simon Eder and Daniel Mesotitsch (both AUT, Fischer skis and boots) made a podium.
Soukalova succeeds with faster skiing
After the individual had to be cancelled yesterday due to gusts of wind the athletes competed under good conditions today. After 15k skiing and four shootings Gabriela Soukalova won the race 1.2 seconds ahead of Anastasiya Kuzmina. Both girls had to get over two penalties but the Czech was 30 seconds faster in skiing which Kuzmina compensated with her faster shooting. Ekaterina Iourieva (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) started up again in the World Cup with one miss and her fourth spot after crossing the line, Tiril Eckhoff (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) came in fifth. By far fastest athlete on track was Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) who was one minute faster than the second-fastest athlete. Due to her four penalties in the second half of the race she finished only sixth followed by the compatriot Nadezhda Skardino (BLR, Fischer skis, boots and poles). Karin Oberhofer (ITA, Fischer skis and boots) was ranked ninth ahead of Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots).

Austrians in a great shape
The Austrian biathlon team made a perfect start into the World Cup winter with two athletes made a podium in their first race. Simon Eder and Daniel Mesotitsch just had one miss each but with it they were more than two minutes behind outstanding Martin Fourcade (FRA). Daniel Böhm (GER, Fischer skis and boots) who was nominated not before his good races in IBU-Cup last weekend finished fifth, Ondrej Moravec (CZE, Fischer) came in seventh. Klemen Bauer (SLO, Fischer) surprisingly finished ninth in an individual.
Einzel Damen, Östersund (SWE):
1. Gabriela Soukalová
CZE 2 00.47.56,00
2. Anastasiya Kuzmina
SVK 2 00.47.57,20
3. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 1 00.48.12,20
4. Ekaterina Iourieva
RUS 1 00.48.22,40
5. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 2 00.48.34,20
6. Darya Domracheva
BLR 4 00.48.40,70
7. Nadezhda Skardino
BLR 2 00.48.41,80
8. Dorothea Wierer
ITA 2 00.49.00,00
9. Karin Oberhofer
ITA 3 00.49.21,10
10. Andrea Henkel
GER 3 00.49.26,00
11. Olena Pidhrushna
UKR 3 00.49.33,50
12. Monika Hojnisz
POL 4 00.49.35,10
13. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 2 00.49.35,80
14. Laura Dahlmeier
GER 1 00.49.37,50
15. Kadri Lehtla
EST 0 00.49.48,20
Einzel Herren, Östersund (SWE):
1. Martin Fourcade
FRA 0 00.50.10,90
2. Simon Eder
AUT 1 00.52.17,00
3. Daniel Mesotitsch
AUT 1 00.52.31,10
4. Jean-Philippe Leguellec
CAN 1 00.52.42,20
5. Daniel Böhm
GER 1 00.52.50,20
6. Lukas Hofer
ITA 0 00.52.50,30
7. Christian De Lorenzi
ITA 1 00.52.53,80
7. Ondřej Moravec
CZE 2 00.52.53,80
9. Klemen Bauer
SLO 1 00.52.59,10
10. Erik Lesser
GER 2 00.53.22,30
11. Serhiy Semenov
UKR 2 00.53.23,70
12. Simon Fourcade
FRA 1 00.53.31,50
13. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 2 00.53.42,80
14. Friedrich Pinter
AUT 2 00.53.44,00
15. Alexandr Loginov
RUS 3 00.53.53,50