IBU WORLD CUP BIATHLON – A success story for over 40 years
Starting in the 80s, the World Cup was introduced as a regular competition series, and this quickly catapulted the sport into the limelight thanks to new race techniques and exciting new disciplines. From the beginning, the World Cup in Ruhpolding was a steady star in the World Cup calendar and maintains its leading role in the development of the biathlon sport: the first flood light World Cup Competition took place in Ruhpolding, and in 2010 the mass-start made its World Cup debut in the framework of a test-competition in Ruhpolding.
The television viewers and live fans’ unwavering enthusiasm has led to organization of the World Cup becoming increasingly professionalized. The ARD and the ZDF television stations broadcast live from the Chiemgau Arena with the most modern camera technology and specialized cameras such as the spider-cam, cable cam, and super-slow-motion-camera, to provide the viewers at home the best images from the Chiemgau Arena. The extreme weather conditions and temperatures in the winter create a special challenge. The fans in the stadium and along the track can see live pictures from almost everywhere in the Chiemgau Arena on the many video screens, and are brought into high spirits by the anchors in advance of the races. World Cup sponsors and partners can invite their guests to the VIP tent for an exclusive and special experience. The two-story tent has a classy atmosphere, an excellent view of the competition through the glass front, and culinary delicacies.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD CUP IN RUHPOLDING:
* Up to 90.000 fans visit the World Cup every year
* Over 1,000 volunteers help ensure a smooth course of events
* On average about 5 million viewers watch the live broadcasts from the Chiemgau Arena on German TV
* 14 international television channels report from the Chiemgau Arena
* There are 22 km of temporary and 14 km permanent fiberglass cables to transmit data to and from the Arena
* 7 wax trucks and about 100 area containers are set up for the World Cup week for ski-technicians, locker rooms, first aid, and security services
RICCO GROSS (* 1970)
Born in 1970 in Schelma in the Erzgebirge area of Germany, Ricco Groß started biathlon in 1983. His first major successes were winning the Junior World-Championships in Norway in 1989 and in Finland in 1990. He has been training with the Ruhpolding Ski Club since 1991 and was able to secure four gold medals at the Olympic Games between 1992 and 2006 as well as nine World Championship titles. This makes Ricco Groß the most successful German biathlete along with Sven Fischer. From 2015 to 2018, after his active career, he was the biathlon coach for the German women’s team and the head coach of the men’s team. He has been the Austrian men’s team trainer since 2018.