Ruhpolding through an Athlete’s Eyes

4.Mar.2012 by Susan Dunklee

Biathlon World Championships Sprint 2012

A beautiful day in Bavaria!

Behind the scenes: what the team wax cabins and changing areas look like from the outside...

Behind the scenes: what the team wax cabins and changing areas look like from the outside...

... And from the inside. With about 20 staff and athletes sharing this one room, it can get a little crowded.

... And from the inside. With about 20 staff and athletes sharing this room, it can get a little crowded.

Race day surprise! I failed equipment control on the first attempt today for too light of a trigger weight on my rifle. (The humidity and warm weather caused it to change slightly since I last used it for the relay a couple days ago.) While Coach Armin quickly fixed the trigger, I took the opportunity to take a couple pictures. Coach Jonne (right) reassured me that I'd still have plenty of time to zero afterwards.

Race day surprise! I failed equipment control on the first attempt today for too light of a trigger weight on my rifle. (The humidity and warm weather caused it to change slightly since I last used it for the relay a couple days ago.) While Coach Armin (left) quickly fixed the trigger, I took the opportunity to take a couple pictures. Coach Jonne (right) reassured me that I'd still have plenty of time to zero afterwards.

Range officials and coaches preparing for race start.

Range officials and coaches preparing for race start.

The post-race exodus of 30,000 fans as seen from a hill on course.   Today I found myself in the unique position of starting last out of a field of 118 competitors.  As I jogged to the starting pen 20 minutes prior my start I noticed a constant stream of fans already leaving along this route trying to beat the rush.  However, most stayed until the end and I am very grateful to them.

The post-race exodus of 30,000 fans as seen from a hill on course. Thanks to all the spectators who stayed until the very end of the race!