Six competitions total will be held in the South Tyrol Arena until Sunday. Due to the Corona pandemic, there will not be any spectators for the first time in 43 years.
When the world’s best female athletes will take on the 15 kilometers and four bouts of shooting, all eyes will be on Dorothea Wierer in the South Tyrol Arena. Unsurprisingly, as the local hero has won the world cup total score in the last two seasons, the sports woman from Niederrasen also leads in the discipline score. She has won the only individual competition this season at the season opener in Kontiolahti, Finland in front of Denise Herrmann from Germany and Johanna Skottheim from Sweden. She has also taken the world champion title in this discipline here in Antholz a year ago.
However, the yellow bib of the world cup total score leader is worn by Marte Olsbu Roeiseland from Norway. The winner of Hochfilzen’s pursuit mass start competitions, who has also scored another three second places in Kontiolahti (sprint and pursuit competition) and Oberhof (pursuit competition) and a third place in Hochfilzen’s sprint competition is leading the world cup total score with 579 points after 13 of 26 races.
Many Hopefuls for the Individual Competition Victory
However, the immediate circle of potential winners also includes others. Tiril Eckhoff from Norway, for one: The 30-year-old Scandinavian is in excellent form and has already scored six victories and another two podiums this season. Eckhoff is currently trailing Roeiseland with 19 points in the total score. The fans from Germany who are only able to root for their athletes in front of the TV will keep their fingers crossed for Franziska Preuss & Co. Sweden’s Öberg-sisters, Hanna and Elvira, will also have a major say. Local hero Dorothea Wierer will start her home race with bib number --. And another four “Azzurre” will also take on the race: Lisa Vittozzi, Federica Sanfilippo, Michela Carrara and Nicole Gontier. However, Irene Lardschneider from Wolkenstein will not participate.
The competition schedule will be continued with the men’s individual competition (20km) on Friday. Start will be at 13.15h. Biathlon fans will be looking forward to sportive double headers on the weekend. Saturday will see the mass start competition women and the relay competition men. The women (12.5km) will start at 13.10h and the men (4x7.5km) at 15.05h. The world cup week in the South Tyrol Arena will be concluded with the reversed program on Sunday. At 12.45h the women will take on the 4x6km race, the men (15km) will follow at 15.05h.