On March 20, biathlon competitions took place in the short distances as part the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals, at the "Laura" Cross-country ski and biathlon center.
At the "Laura" center there were tournaments for athletes with disabilities performing in the standing position, athletes competing whilst seated and visually impaired athletes.
The events for athletes competing in the standing position were won by the Ukrainians Alexandra Kononova and Igor Reptyukh, the silver went to Maija Jarvela (Finland) and Grigor Vovchinsky (Ukraine), and the bronze went to Anna Milenina (Russia) and Nils-Erik Ulset (Norway).
17 male competitors from 7 different countries competed on a 7.5 km three-lap track with a vertical drop of 29m.
13 female competitors from 6 different countries covered a 2 km track with a vertical drop of 26 m.
Among the seated athletes the Russian Svetlana Konovalova and the Japanese Kozo Kubo came first, with Olena Yurkovska (Ukraine) and Aleksei Bychenok (Russia) coming second, and Marta Zainullina (Russia) and Maksim Yarovy (Ukraine) third.
In the men's event, the distance that had to be covered was 7.5 km, and the length of each lap was 2.5 km. The vertical drop was 19 m. 24 competitors from 10 different countries took part in the race.
The ladies were competing over a distance of three 2 km laps, with a vertical drop of 13 m. 10 competitors from 3 different countries entered the race.
The finals of the biathlon events over the short distance for athletes with impaired vision were won by Russian athletes. In the ladies' event, Mikhalina Lysova and Yulia Budaleeva ended up on the podium. The only stiff competition they faced came from bronze-medalist Vivian Hoesch of Germany. In the men's final, the Ukrainians Yuri Utkin and Vitaly Lukyanenko had to settle for second and third place, respectively, with Russia's Nikolai Polukhin coming first.
In total, at the start of the track, similar to that on which the athletes competed, there were 14 male athletes from 6 countries and 8 female athletes from 5 countries.
On March 21, the long distance biathlon was staged as part of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals.
Svetlana Konovalova (Russia):
"Shooting is excellent and everything here is very good. The course is very good, in working order, and I really like the track here. At the same time, it is constantly changing and being made better. I will try very hard to be on the podium tomorrow! It will all depends on my mood, so I will try to concentrate!"
Olena Yurkovska (Ukraine):
"Shooting is at a very high level, and everything is very high quality."
"We recently competed away from home, all abroad, but here we are fed like at home: all very tasty and varied. We also had no problems with accommodation and everything is very convenient, comfortable and good."
Aleksey Bychenok (Russia):
"Shooting here is ideal, just excellent. I am performing in Sochi for the second year in a row, and the result is, I think, obvious."
Grigory Vovchinsky (Ukraine):
"The organization, the people, the stadium, the course: it's all only positive! And what nature! It's easy to be here: like at home, everyone speaks Russian, and everything is clear. In Europe, of course, it is not difficult for me either, because I am also studying English. But the level of organization here, the shooting range, the stadium - everything is so neat, beautiful and nice. A huge thanks to all the organizers!"
Mikhalina Lysova (Russia), Sochi 2014 "Our Champion":
"The shooting range is superbly equipped. The approach to the shooting range is, I believe, also right, as there is time to breath and relax."
"We were welcomed to Sochi very well. The catering was organized at an especially high level"