The biathlon season has started! You can find out from us when and where you can watch the Biathlon World Cup 2022/23 online in live stream and on TV.
The Biathlon World Cup 2022/23 can be easily followed on the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. Another transmission is offered on the streaming service Joyn.
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ARD and ZDF have almost 400 hours of live reporting in their programs. The two public TV channels alternate on the weekends, ARD will start this year and, after the first biathlon races during the week, will show the first continuous program this Saturday for almost six hours. The special interest channel Eurosport has even more winter sports in its program.
There are some changes due to the football World Cup in winter. Several winter sports have been relocated to avoid football. The first ski jumping started earlier than usual, the discipline “largely elegantly avoided the World Cup”, as ARD program director Thomas Wehrle put it.
Some associations have postponed competitions to the new year. The broadcasters have “already coordinated with the various associations over the long term in order to keep overlaps as low as possible,” explained ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky. The public broadcasters also have more World Cups than otherwise only on the Internet.
The first and the second usually broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays from early morning to late afternoon. This Saturday, the ARD starts at 8.55 a.m. and offers, among other things, biathlon, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and bobsleigh. Until 3.15 p.m. there is winter sports in the first, it looks almost identical on Sunday. The round of 16 of the World Cup kicks off at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. So if you want, you can watch sports for more than twelve hours.
The second big winter sports weekend runs on ZDF. On Saturday in one week (December 10th) the second will show world cups on snow and ice from 10:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., at 4:00 p.m. a quarterfinal of the Qatar World Cup will be kicked off. There will be no games in Qatar on Sunday (December 11) and there will be no competition in winter sports.
Winter sports fans who don’t like the public service selection or find it too small can switch to Eurosport. According to its own statements, the niche broadcaster has more than 1,100 hours of programming on various platforms. For example, on Saturday and Sunday in the late afternoon there will be alpine skiing in Beaver Creek and Lake Louise at Eurosport. The broadcaster, which belongs to Warner Bros. Discovery, also relies on paid offers.
The ARD has a new expert duo in biathlon. Arnd Peiffer and Erik Lesser work for the first, Magdalena Neuner and Kati Wilhelm are no longer in action. The unchanged ZDF team includes Toni Innauer (ski jumping), Marco Büchel (alpine skiing), Sven Fischer and Laura Dahlmeier (biathlon).
Eurosport has the most experts on the microphone, including Martin Schmitt, Werner Schuster (ski jumping), Michael Rösch (biathlon), Vicky Rebensburg (alpine skiing), Jochen Behle (cross-country skiing) and Hans-Peter Pohl (Nordic combined).
After the home World Cup in Ruhpolding, the German biathletes need to gather their strength before the World Cup dress rehearsal in Antholz. “I now have four days off and I’m trying to relax a bit and catch some air,” said Benedikt Doll, who finished 15th in the final mass start in Ruhpolding on Sunday after five shooting errors. “It’s been a lot of stress the last few days. In Antholz, I would like to be fully motivated again,” said the 32-year-old. In order to keep the travel stress low, the native of the Black Forest does not travel back home, but directly to Italy.
Meanwhile, teammate Roman Rees makes a stopover. “I’m going home first and then travel to Antholz on Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s then the third week again and it’s about being fresh again and ready from the head,” said the 29-year-old. For Justus Strelow, who took eighth place as the best German in the mass start in front of his home crowd, the motto is: “Put your feet up, regenerate and get ready for the next races in Antholz. They get hard again and you have to use every second to regenerate.”
In Antholz, the last sprint for the men before the home World Championships in Oberhof (February 8th to 19th) is on Friday (2.30 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport). After a pursuit race on Saturday and a relay competition on Sunday, the German team will then go to Ridnaun to prepare for the World Championships. The preparation in Ruhpolding was also up for debate. However, due to the uncertain snow conditions, the German Ski Association decided on South Tyrol.
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