2006–07 Biathlon World Cup - Pre-season Brief On Participants

Pre-season Brief On Participants

Retired after the previous season:

  • Katja Beer (GER), 30, after 10 seasons – 1 WC win, 3 WC podiums, 6th in 2003 WCh Mass Start.
  • Uschi Disl (GER), 36, after 16 seasons – 2 Olympic gold medals in relay, 8 Olympic medals (4 relays), 6 WCh gold medals (4 relays), 15 WCh medals (8 relays), 30 WC wins, 74 WC podiums, 3 times 2nd in overall World Cup.
  • Liv Grete Poirée (NOR), 32, after 12 seasons – 3 Olympic medals (2 relays), 7 WCh gold medals (1 relay), 11 WCh medals (2 relays), 22 WC wins, 46 WC podiums, overall World Cup winner 2003–04.
  • Pavel Rostovtsev (RUS), 35, after 11 seasons – 1 Olympic silver medal in relay, 3 WCh gold medals (1 relay), 9 WCh medals (4 relay), 7 WC wins, 25 WC podiums, 2nd in overall World Cup 2001–02.
  • Olena Zubrilova (BLR), 33, after 14 seasons – 3 WCh gold medals, 14 WCh medals (4 relays), 21 WC wins, 49 WC podiums, 2 times 2nd in overall World Cup.

Changing surname due to marriage:

  • Nathalie Santer-Bjørndalen (BEL), née Santer, married Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen in May 2006.
  • Linda Grubben (NOR), née Tjørhom, married former head coach of the Norwegian men's team, Roger Grubben, in August 2006.
  • Olga Zaitseva (RUS), after marrying former summer biathlete Milan Augustin (SVK) in September 2006, planned to change her surname to his.

Changing nation since the previous season:

  • Alexei Aidarov changed his citizenship from Belarus to Ukraine; the change was deemed valid for World Cup purposes from January onwards, but not for the World Championships.
  • Nathalie Santer-Bjørndalen of Italy did not qualify for her country's team this season, but was able to participate for Belgium, the birth country of her mother.

Passing over this season due to pregnancy:

  • Albina Akhatova (RUS), 30
  • Kateřina Holubcová (CZE), 30
  • Svetlana Ishmouratova (RUS), 34
  • Olga Nazarova (BLR), 29
  • Olga Zaitseva (RUS), 28

Planning to make this season their last:

  • Nathalie Santer-Bjørndalen (BEL), 34, starting her 16th season – 3 WC wins, 15 WC podiums, 2nd in overall World Cup 1993–94, 4th in 1996 WCh Individual, 6th in 1994 Olympics Sprint.
  • Ludwig Gredler (AUT), 39, starting his 17th season – 2 WCh Individual medals, 6 WC wins, 17 WC podiums, 4th in 2002 Olympics Pursuit.
  • Ricco Groß (GER), 36, starting his 17th season – 4 Olympic gold medals in relay, 8 Olympic medals (5 relay), 9 WCh gold medals (5 relay), 19 WCh medals (9 relay), 9 WC wins, 52 WC podiums, 2nd in overall World Cup 1997–98.

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