The 2004-5 season begins in Norway at Beitostolen on 2nd December 2004 and completes the tour in Khanty Mansiysk on 20th March 2021. The World Championships this season are in Hochfilzen from 5th- 13th March 2021.
The World Cup consists of five different disciplines; individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start and the team relays, with ranking points given to those competitors who finish in the Top 25 places.
5-6th March: The penultimate round of the European Cup was in Langdorf in Germany. In the Men's Sprint the win went to Russian Pavel Rostovtsev ahead of Jorn Wohlschlager of Germany and Carsten Pump also of Germany. The Ladies race went to Christel Gros of France with Olga Anisimova of Russia runner up and Katja Beer of Germany third. In the following day's Pursuit for the Men Wohlschlager took the victory with Julien Ughetto of France second and Michael Rusch of Germany third. The Ladies victory went to Beer with Anisimova second and Irina Malgina also of Russia third.
NEW:: 5-13th March: The World Championships opened in Hochfilzen with the 2 Sprint races. In the Men's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen was dominant missing just once to take the gold ahead of Sven Fischer also missing one target and Latvia's Ilmars Bricis taking bronze after a clear shoot. The Ladies race resulted in a first ever World title after 14 years of trying for Uschi Disl who came home in front of Olga Zaitseva and Olena Zubrilova. The Men's Pursuit went to Bjoerndalen who missed 3 times but still came home 40 seconds clear of Sergei Tchepikov and Fischer. The Ladies race was taken by Disl for her second title with China's Xianying Liu in silver and Zaitseva third. In the Men's Individual race there was a surprise win for the Czech Republic's Roman Dostal with 1 missed target, Michael Greis shot clear but could only take silver and Ricco Gross made it 2 German's on the podium with 2 missed shots. The Ladies race went to Andrea Henkel of Germany after missing just once with China's Ribo Sun getting silver and Linda Tjorhom third for Norway. The Ladies Relay was taken by Russia ( Olga Pyleva/ Svetlana Ishmouratova/ Anna Bogali/ Olga Zaitseva) with Germany taking silver and Belarus the bronze. The Men's race also went to form with Norway ( Halvard Hanevold/ Stian Eckhoff/ Egil Gjelland/ Ole Einar Bjoerndalen) taking gold, Russia silver and Austria an excellent bronze on home snow. The Ladies Mass Start title went to Gro-Marit Istad Kristiansen after 4 misses with Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson second and Olga Pyleva in bronze position. The Men's race gave Bjoerndalen his fourth Gold with Sven Fischer in silver and Raphael Poiree taking his only medal of the Championships in third.
NEW: 12-13th March: In the final European Cup of the season in Gurnigl in Switzerland. The Ladies Sprint went to Russia's Irina Malgina ahead of Christelle Gros of France and Finland's Niina Jyrkiainen. It was the same result the following day in the Pursuit. The Men's Sprint went to Julien Ughetto of France with Gael Poiree second and Stephan Singale of Italy third. In the following Pursuit there was a French clean sweep with Yann Debayle finishing ahead of Poiree and Ughetto.
NEW: 16-19th March: The World Cup finals were in Siberia and Khanty Mansiysk. The Men's Sprint went to Sven Fischer after a clear shoot with Oleg Ryzenkhov second, Halvard Hanevold third, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen fourth and Zhang of China fifth. The Ladies race was taken by Katrin Apel with Svetlana Ishmouratova second, Simone Denkinger third, Olga Zaitseva fourth and Svetlana Tchernoousova fifth. The Men's Pursuit was won by Bjoerndalen despite missing 4 targets with Andriy Deryzemlya second, Tomasz Sikora third for Poland, Fischer and Sergei Rozhkov rounded out the top 5. Kati Wilhelm was victorious in the Ladies Pursuit with Sandrine Bailly second, Zaitseva third, Denkinger fourth and Liu fifth. Finally in the Mass Starts. The Men's race was won by Poiree just ahead of Bjoerndalen with Rozhkov third, Eckhoff fourth and Sikora fifth. This gave Bjoerndalen the Overall title as Sven Fischer had been too ill to compete. The Ladies race went to Zaitseva with Wilhelm second, Bogali third, Ishmouratova fourth and Henkel fifth. Sandrine Bailly took the overall title.
To access the calendar of events and results for this year's World Cup campaigns please see the pages noted for Men and Women to the right.
This page last modified on 20th March 2021