Legends Race biathlon festival to kick off in Raubichi near Minsk

Taking part in the festival will be famous athletes who showed great results during their sports careers

The Legends Race biathlon festival will take place in the Raubichi Olympic Center near Minsk on 18 February, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the festival will be famous athletes who showed great results during their sports careers. One of them is biathlon legend, eight-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the husband of Darya Domracheva, the four-time Olympic biathlon champion from Belarus, the inspirer of the Legends Race.

The participants of the festival already arrived at Raubichi, including Andriy Deryzemlya (Ukraine), Vladimir Drachev (Russia), Lars Berger (Norway), Florence Baverel (France), Simone Hauswald (Germany), Nadezhda Skardino (Belarus), Halvard Hanevold (Norway), Anna Bogaliy (Russia), Vincent Defrasne (France), Sergei Chepikov (Russia), Frode Andresen (Norway), Sergei Novikov (Belarus), Alexander Popov (Belarus), Corinne Niogret (France), Elena Zubrilova (Belarus), Karin Oberhofer (Italy), Ekaterina Dafovska (Bulgaria), Pieralberto Carrara (Italy) and Olena Petrova (Ukraine).

The athletes held a training session in Raubichi and were taken on an excursion to see tourist attractions of the Belarusian capital city.

The organizing committee issued a schedule of the upcoming event: a master class for the finalists of the Snow Sniper national biathlon tournament for children and youth and the Belarusian Biathlon Federation Cup at 14.00; an autograph session of the Legends Race participants in the sport hall at 15.30.

The opening ceremony of the race and the IBU Open European Championships will begin in Raubichi at 17.00. Women's mass start is scheduled for 17.50, men's mass start for 18.15, and the mixed relay for 18.45. The sports festival will wrap up with the awards ceremony for winners of the Legends Race, the Snow Sniper national biathlon tournament for children and youth and also a ceremony to pay homage to Darya Domracheva and Nadezhda Skardino as they retired from biathlon. The Legends Race in Raubichi was previously held in 2015 and 2016.

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