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Results 2001-2002

Shooting Statistics for the season

14 September 2001
German Herbstleistungskontrolle, Ruhpolding: Individual  (on roller-skis)
Men: 15.4Km
Position
Name   Time PSPS Total % Behind
1
Andi Birnbacher GER 43:05 0000 43:05  
2
Jean-Marc Chabloz SUI 42:58 0010 43:58  
3
Andi Stitzl GER 43:19 0100 44:19  
7
Hugh Pritchard GBR 45:37 0010 46:37 6.5%
31
Total
         

* Delighted with my best shooting yet in a 4-shoot race. Skiing well.

15 September 2001
German Herbstleistungskontrolle, Ruhpolding: Pursuit (on roller-skis)
Men: 14 Km    
Position Name   Run Time PPSS % Behind
1 Ricco Gross GER 38:59 0010  
2 Andi Stitzl GER 39:42 1001  
3 Michi Greis GER 39:45 1011  
18 Hugh Pritchard GBR 43:57 1042 11.3%
31  Total        

* Bewildering standing shooting. Skiing too fast perhaps (desperate effort to overtake Birnbacher on the 3rd loop)? Not quite as strong as yesterday. Still some residual soreness in the gluteals from Monday's plyometrics.

Selection Race 1: Kontiolahti
21/11/01 Individual 15km P S P S Penalty Time Score
1 Mark Gee 1 2 0 0 2:15 46:09 48:24
2 Mike Dixon 1 0 2 2 3:45 46:21 50:06
3 Jason Sklenar 0 2 2 2 4:30 46:24 50:54
4 Tom Clemens 0 4 0 2 4:30 46:44 51:14
5 Hugh Pritchard 0 2 1 2 3:45 47:50 51:35
6 Jo Brooks 1 1 1 2 3:45 50:01 53:46
7 Marc Walker 2 5 1 2 7:30 46:59 54:29
8 Kurt Sumner 1 1 3 1 4:30 51:02 55:32
9 Lance Hodgins 1 3 1 2 5:15 52:53 58:08
10 Scott Baines 2 1 2 3 6:00 52:29 58:29

* Odd race. Mouldy shooting, I thought I was skiing OK, gaining a little on Jason, but finished 90" down on him - all lost on the last loop.

Selection Race 2: Kontiolahti International Grand Prix
24/11/01 Sprint   P S Total 
1 Vladimir Dratschev RUS 1 0 27:19
2 Paavo Puurunen FIN 1 0 27:30
3 Vesa Hietalahti FIN 0 2 28:05
4 Hugh Pritchard GBR 1 0 29:02
7 Jason Sklenar GBR 1 1 29:28
10 Mark Gee GBR 1 1 29:48
11 Mike Dixon GBR 1 1 29:56
14 Marc Walker GBR 1 1 30:22
17 Tom Clemens GBR 1 4 30:47
24 Kurt Sumner GBR 2 1 32:15
26 Scott Baines GBR 0 0 32:41
28 Lance Hodgkins GBR 0 3 33:30
30 Jo Brooks GBR 3 3 33:56

* Good race: focused, skiing well on a hard course, shooting well. Skis running well. Dratschev took about 1'10" off me on the first loop, and only another 20"-odd in the remaining 2 loops. Weird, but I did do a much better last loop than on Thursday.

Selection Race 3: Kontiolahti International Grand Prix
25/11/01 Pursuit   P P S S Finish Run Time GB Rank
1 Dratschev RUS 0 1 0 0 33:12 33:12  
2 Olli-Pekka Peltola FIN 0 1 0 1 +3:12    
3 Jason Sklenar GBR 0 1 1 0 +3:29 34:32 1
4 Mark Gee GBR 0 1 1 1 +4:35 35:18 2
5 Hugh Pritchard GBR 1 2 1 1 +4:51 36:20 4
8 Tom Clemens GBR 1 1 1 0 +5:43 35:27 3
10 Mike Dixon GBR 1 1 1 2 +6:10 36:45 5
16 Marc Walker GBR 1 2 2 2      
20 Kurt Sumner GBR 1 2 3 1      
21 Jo Brooks GBR 0 0 2 3      
22 Scott Baines GBR 2 1 1 2      
23 Lance Hodgkins GBR 1 2 3 3      

* Disappointing, given the requirement for a good Brit ranking, and the opportunity for a pursuit medal: two shooting accidents, and a generally mediocre shooting performance. But skiing OK.

GBR Team Selection 2001/02 Team Start
Jason Sklenar World Cup Start 1st Race
Mark Gee World Cup Start 1st Race
Hugh Pritchard World Cup Start 1st Race
Mike Dixon World Cup Start 1st Relay
Tom Clemens World Cup Following race-off
Emma Fowler World Cup Start 1st Race
Vicky Gray World Cup Start 1st Race
Gillian Sowden World Cup Traveling reserve
Marc Walker European Cup All
Jo Brooks European Cup All
Kurt Sumner European Cup All
Lance Hodgins European Cup All
Scott Baines European Cup All

* A close call, but the job done. Time to get cracking: 2 results within 10% of the medals to get in the first 4 meetings (a maximum of 8 races). A hard but attainable target.

06-Dec-01
World Cup 1: Hochfilzen
Sprint Penalties Time % behind
1 Ole Einar Bjoerndalen NOR 00 27:23  
2 Vesa Hietalahti FIN 00 28:24  
3 Frank Luck GER 00 28:33  
47 Mark Gee GBR 00 30:51 9.7%
71 Jason Sklenar GBR 02 32:09 14.4%
106 Hugh Pritchard GBR 13 35:03 24.7%
124 starters

* A catalogue of unhappy circumstances: conditions slowing radically during the race to my disadvantage; the snow and rain such that I could hardly see, important on these very soft tracks; a flurry of such heavy snowfall during my stand shoot that I could not see the targets. Such is biathlon. I had the 22nd fastest shoot time, a surprise as I think of myself as a cautious shot.

8 December 2001
World Cup 1: Hochfilzen
Relay
Prone  
Stand  
     
Loops Extra shots Loops Extra shots Leg Time Total Time  
1 Germany Gross 0 0 0 0 20:37    
    Morgenstern 0 1 0 2 20:02    
    Greis 0 2 1 3 20:45    
    Luck 0 0 0 2 19:53 1:21:17  
2 Norway Gjelland 0 1 1 3 21:43    
    Bjoerndalen 2 3 0 2 19:22    
    Andresen 2 3 0 2 20:46    
    Hanevold 0 0 0 0 19:33 1:21:24  
3 Byelarus Aidarov 0 2 0 1 21:14    
    Syman 0 0 0 1 20:35    
    Ryzhenkov 0 0 0 0 19:59    
    Sashurin 0 0 1 3 20:26 1:22:14  
19 Great Britain Sklenar 0 0 0 1 22:36    
    Pritchard 0 2 0 0 21:37    
    Dixon 0 1 0 1 22:13    
    Clemens 4 3 2 3 25:38 1:32:04 12.8%

* Going well until Tom's zero proved to be 4cm high. I was pleased with my run, the splits showed that I was skiing a little faster than the others - apart from Tom, who was taking a risk to try to catch Slovakia.

15 December 2001
World Cup 2: Pokljuka          
Relay     Prone Stand
Loops Extra shots Loops Extra shots Leg Time  Total Time  
1 Austria Mesotitsch 0 1 0 1 21:28    
    Perner 0 0 0 0 20:29    
    Sumann 0 2 0 0 21:20    
    Gredler 0 3 0 0 20:38 1:23:55  
2 Byelarus Aidarov 0 0 0 0 20:56    
    Syman 0 1 0 1 21:14    
    Ryzhenkov 0 0 0 1 20:59    
    Sashurin 0 0 0 1 20:55 1:24:04  
3 Norway Bjørndalen OE 0 1 0 2 20:52    
    Gjelland 0 0 0 0 20:52    
    Bjørndalen D 0 0 0 0 21:33    
    Hanevold 0 0 0 0 21:01 1:24:18  
19 Great Britain Gee 0 0 0 3 22:43    
    Pritchard 0 2 0 1 23:59    
    Sklenar 1 3 0 2 24:02    
    Dixon 0 0 0 0 22:45 1:33:29 11.2%

* Good runs from Fred and Mike, the 16th and 14th fastest on their respective laps. Not so good from me and Jason: my slow skiing and Jason's poor shooting put us off target.

World Cup 3: Osrblie, SLovakia
19 December 2001
Individual     Time P S P S Total % behind
1 Frank Luck GER 0:53:08 0 1 0 0 0:54:08  
2 Sven Fischer GER 0:52:08 1 1 0 0 0:54:08  
3 Sergei Rozhkov RUS 0:52:46 0 1 1 0 0:54:46  
41 Mike Dixon GBR 0:57:50 0 0 0 1 0:58:50 8.3%
89 Mark Gee GBR 0:57:50 1 1 2 2 1:03:50 17.5%
99 Hugh Pritchard GBR 0:59:56 0 3 2 3 1:07:56 25.0%
111                  

* Not feeling strong enough for the repeated steep little hills. No idea what is happening with the standing shooting; the prone misses were a wind issue.

World Cup 3: Osrblie, SLovakia
21 December 2001
Sprint Penalties Time % behind
1 Christoph Sumann AUT 00 28:18  
2 Henrik Forsberg SWE 00 28:30  
3 Andriy Deryzemlya UKR 00 28:55  
76 Hugh Pritchard GBR 10 32:18 13.0%
87 Jason Sklenar GBR 03 32:54 15.1%
88 Mark Gee GBR 03 32:55 15.2%
111          

* Felt much better, skiing hard and obviously shooting well. Chose the wrong skis, but can that account for all the lack of ski speed? My speed was my slowest of the season, despite feeling far better than in the Individual race. Weird.

World Cup 4: Oberhof, Germany
9 January 2002
Sprint     Penalties Time % behind
1 Pavel Rostovtsev RUS 00 25:41  
2 Sven Fischer GER 01 26:19  
3 Vesa Hietalahti FIN 10 26:47  
85 Jason Sklenar GBR 03 30:33 16.3%
90 Hugh Pritchard GBR 30 30:47 17.2%
94 Tom Clemens GBR 22 31:10 18.7%
111          

* Skiing well on a tough course, conditions good for shooting and skiing. All I did wrong was misjudge the wind correction for my prone shoot.

World Cup 5 Ruhpolding
16 January Prone   Stand        
Relay     Loops Extra shots Loops Extra shots      
1 Germany Gross 0 0 0 0 21:22    
    Sendel 0 1 0 1 21:34    
    Fischer 0 0 0 0 20:48    
    Luck 0 1 0 2 21:34 1:25:18  
2 Norway Gjelland 0 1 0 1 22:03    
    Eckhoff 0 0 0 2 21:28    
    Andresen 0 2 0 2 20:55    
    Hanevold 0 1 0 0 21:13 1:25:39  
3 Russia Maigourov 0 1 0 1 21:31    
    Rousinov 0 0 0 1 21:40    
    Tchepikov 0 0 0 1 21:58    
    Rostovtsev 0 0 0 0 21:02 1:26:11  
19 Great Britain Gee 0 2 0 1 23:58    
    Pritchard 0 2 0 2 24:06    
    Sklenar 0 1 0 2 24:03    
    Dixon 0 0 0 0 23:38 1:35:45 11.7%

* Mysterious: we all shot well enough and ski times were respectable (we were all close together, with mine the fastest skiing). Yet outside the magic 10%: perhaps due to the first 3 teams all performing excellently .

Olympics Prone   Stand        
20 February: Relay Loops Extra shots Loops Extra shots   Total Time  

% behind

1 Norway Hanevold 0 1 0 0 22:09    
    Andresen 0 2 0 1 20:17    
    Gjelland 0 0 0 1 20:46    
    Bjoerndalen 0 2 0 1 20:30 1:23:42  
2 Germany Gross 0 0 0 3 22:20    
    Sendel 0 1 0 1 20:47    
    Fischer 1 3 0 1 21:14    
    Luck 0 0 0 0 20:06 1:24:27  
3 France Marguet 0 1 0 0 22:25    
    Defrasne 0 1 0 1 20:22    
    Robert 0 1 0 2 21:36    
    Poiree 0 0 0 0 20:13 1:24:36  
19 Great Britain Sklenar 0 3 0 1 24:38    
    Gee 0 2 0 3 23:17    
    Dixon 0 1 0 1 23:29    
    Pritchard 0 3 0 2 24:42 1:36:06 14.1%

* Demotivated on finding myself 2 minutes behind the next team at my start; poor skis, and generally a miserable time, compounded by terrible shooting (although a staggering 13 of the 19 teams did penalty loops)

World Cup 7: Östersund, Sweden
09/03/02
Sprint     Penalties Time % behind
1 Sven Fischer GER 01 26:39  
2 Michael Greis GER 00 26:53  
3 Ole Einar Bjørndalen NOR 30 27:08  
55 Jason Sklenar GBR 01 29:47 10.8%
63 Mark Gee GBR 11 30:36 13.8%
66 Hugh Pritchard GBR 31 32:04 19.3%
68          

* Disappointing: although I felt good skiing I did not feel able to push hard. And I was caught by a confusing wind in the prone shoot - yet again. Good skis, and I was able to stay with Jean-Marc Chabloz throughout my first loop; did I start too fast?

World Cup 8: Lahti, Finland
15/03/02
Sprint Penalties Time % behind
1 Raphael Poiree FRA 00 26:55  
2 Frode Andrésen NOR 11 27:07  
3 Sven Fischer GER 10 27:25  
78 Jason Sklenar GBR 11 30:43 13.1%
80 Mark Gee GBR 02 31:02 14.3%
84 Hugh Pritchard GBR 11 31:24 15.7%
97          

* Skiing more confidently than last week, but still losing touch on the big climbs. Good skis; disappointing shooting - not sure what happened.

* Shooting quickly & confidently, holding good technique in the skiing. Getting weak on the big climbs.

Shooting Statistics        
    Prone Stand
Overall
Ruhpolding
Individual (roller)
1 0 95%
Ruhpolding
Pursuit (roller)
1 6 65%
Kontiolahti Selection
Individual
1 4 75%
Kontiolahti International
Sprint
1 0 90%
Kontiolahti International
Pursuit
3
2
75%
Hochfilzen World Cup
Sprint
1
3
60%
Hochfilzen World Cup
Relay
2 0 83%
Pokljuka World Cup
Relay
2 1 77%
Osrblie World Cup
Individual
2 6 60%
Osrblie World Cup
Sprint
1 0 90%
Oberhof World Cup
Sprint
3 0 70%
Ruhpolding World Cup
Relay
2 2 71%
Olympics
Relay
3 2 61%
Ostersund World Cup
Sprint
3 1 60%
Lahti World Cup
Sprint
1 1

80%

  Misses to date: 27 28  
  Hit rate to date: 75% 73% 74% 

* Individual and Pursuit races are 4 shoots (ie 10 prone and 10 standing shots), Sprints are 2 shoots; Relays are 2 shoots of up to 8 rounds each (if it takes that many).