At 14:15 the race for podium places will begin on the 15-kilometre-long course in the Südtirol Arena, which should prove to be very exciting.
The field at top in the women’s competition is very strong. Top favourite Marte Olsbu Røiseland has cancelled her participation in Antholz, as the Norwegian overall World Cup leader wants to be perfectly prepared for the Olympics. The same goes for Swedish sisters Elvira and Hanna Öberg, who are in 2nd and 4th place in the overall ranking. Last year's winner in Antholz was Lisa Theresa Hauser from Austria. The 28-year-old biathlete from Tyrol, fifth overall in the World Cup, finished second in the first individual event this season in Östersund, behind Marketa Davidova. The athlete from Czechia could also surprise everyone in Antholz. If one takes this winter's results as a basis for a forecast, one also has to reckon with the Belarusian duo Dzinara Alimbekava and Hanna Sola. Both have proven this year that they belong to the top biathlon elite. In the overall World Cup, they are in 3rd and 6th place respectively. The three French biathletes Anais Bescond, Julia Simon and Justine Braisaz-Bouchet will also be fighting for a podium place.
South Tyrolean biathlon fans will be watching closely when Dorothea Wierer starts her home World Cup. The 31-year-old skier from Rasun has been a consistent performer and already has eight top ten results to her name this winter. Wierer was looking particularly good in Ruhpolding: She finished third in the sprint, added a sixth place with the relay team and seventh place in the pursuit. The other Italians competing in the home World Cup in Antholz are Lisa Vittozzi, Federica Sanfilippo, Michela Carrara and Samuela Comola.