11.02.2020 - The waining comes to an end: Tomorrow the Biathlon World Championships will start in Antholz
Tomorrow, Wednesday, 12th February, the 56th edition of the Biathlon World Championships will officially start at 8 pm with the opening ceremony in Antholz. For the sixth time, after 1975, 1976, 1983, 1995 and 2007, the title bouts will take place in the South Tyrol Arena. In only nine days, until 23rd February, will be crowned 12 World Champions in Antholz. The first race is the Mixed Relay taking place on Wednesday, 13rd February at 14.45, in which Italy wants to defend the last year's bronze medal at the World Championships in Östersund.
Today, after the first training sessions in the South Tyrol Arena, the "Azzurri" presented their World Championship team at a press conference. Italy's sports director Fabrizio Curtaz confirmed that the athletes Dorothea Wierer, Lisa Vittozzi, Lukas Hofer and Dominik Windisch will be competing in the Mixed Relay on Thursday.
Curtaz has called a total of 12 athletes for the World Championships, but only eight will be present in Antholz: the four Relay runners, Federica Sanfilippo, Michela Carrara, Thomas Bormolini and Daniele Cappellari. Nicole Gontier, Irene Lardschneider, Saverio Zini and Thierry Chenal, on the other hand, are registered for the IBU Cup in Ridnaun, but could join the team in the second week of competition.
"We expect strong performances in this World Championships, especially in the women's races and in the relay teams. We have home rights and therefore we will try to keep up with the best in front of our audience," promises Curtaz. For Dorothea Wierer the "World Championship, practically on my doorstep, is something special. But I don't want to put pressure on myself, I want to really enjoy every moment of these title bouts". Lisa Vittozzi also come to the World Championships in Antholz in top form. Dominik Windisch and Lukas Hofer, on the other hand, have been struggling with physical and health problems over the past few weeks, but should now be in top form again.