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Otto-Eemil Karvinen, who won the sprint in Vuokatti, challenges the national team members. Photo: E. Pöyhönen.


Kontiolahti's biathlon season starts with the GP games

National team and Olympic biathletes will face each other this weekend in Kontiolahti. The 2021-22 World Cup season starts on November 27 in Östersund, Sweden.

Kontiolahti Urheilijat ry press release 2 November 2021

About 130 competitors have signed up for Saturday's fast trips and about 120 competitors for Sunday's normal trips and shortened normal trips (N+N22, M+M22).

All members of the national team have signed up for the women's competition, with Mari Eder, Erika Jänkä, Nastassia Kinnusen and Suvi Minkkinen .

In the men's series, the battle of the Kontiolahti Athletes trio Otto-Eemil Karvinen, Heikki Laitisen and Joni Mustonen, who skied to the top in the Vuokatti display competition last Sunday, will be contested, among others < With strong>Tuomas Harjula, Jaakko Rannan and Olli Hiidensalo. Tero Seppälä, who was already named as Finland's representative for the World Cup, is not participating.

—The World Cup opens in Östersund, Sweden, four weeks after the Kontiolahti Games. The national team for the first Cup games is to be named immediately after the GP games in Kontiolahti, says the sports manager of the Finnish Biathlon Union Jarkko Kauppinen.

Saturday's sprint race live on Karjalainen's website

Saturday's sprint race can be followed live on Sanomalehti Karjalainen's website from 10:50 a.m. There are age groups from juniors under 13 to men over 65. The men's sprint race starts at 11 a.m. and the women's sprint race at 12 p.m.

The biathlon broadcast is narrated by Karjalainen journalist Jani Leinonen and the commentator is Tuukka Invenius. The broadcast can be viewed by magazine subscribers. New subscribers can place an order at the cheapest price of one euro at  

INFO: Biathlon Grand Prix competitions Kontiolahti 6-7 November 2021

  • Finnish national team inspection competitions for the World Cup in the general series and the 22-year-old series.
  • Organized by: Kontiolahti Urheilijat ry
  • On Saturday, a sprint race is on the program
  • On Sunday, the program includes a shortened normal competition (M+M22 and N+N22) and a normal competition (other series).
  • Registrants and schedules:
    • Saturday 6.11.: From 11:00 a.m. speed competition
    • Sunday 7.11.: From 11:00 a.m. normal competitions

More information:
Kontiolahti Athletes, Jarno Lautamatti 043 218 0573
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