What's new in 2015/16 biathlon season?

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What's new in 2015/16 biathlon season?

The new biathlon season has kicked off in Sweden recently. Ostersund is hosting the World Cup for the 8th time in a row. The local ski stadium is one of the lowest among World Cup venues, which is ideal for the start of the season (athletes need to adjust to highlands coming later). The harsh Scandinavian climate creates perfect conditions for racing already at the end of November.

The season finishes, as in 2014/2015 season, in Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk.

In the current competitive year the shooting skiers will have to undertake a voyage over the ocean: in February, North American stages will be held.

The Czech Republic will not host a World Cup stage this season.  Norwegian Holmenkolen is also absent in the competition calendar unlike Oslo, where the races are due in March. Medals will be contested in all disciplines except modern experimental mixed relay.

Supermixed and the classical mixed relay will be the rarest in the calendar of the World Cup (in Ostersund, and then in Canada). The individual race will be an exclusive event too.

The oldest and longest discipline will take place only at the first stage in Sweden and also in Ruhpolding. 

The Bavarian stage boasts a very unusual program since it is the only venue where sprint is not included in the competition program. 

The sprint and the pursuit are the most common types of races in the 2015/16 biathlon season. The mass start will take place 5 times, with the classic relay scheduled in four cases. The calendar will be quite rich from the end of November to March.