The largest biathlon event of the season is planned from 7 to 17 February 2013 in the Czech Republic. The Vysočina Arena in Nové Město na Moravě will be playing host to the Biathlon World Championships. This ten-day sporting festival will be showcasing the best contemporary biathlon has to offer for all the fans.
Meet with legends of biathlon
Among the Czech competitors, represented for example by Michal Šlesingr, Jaroslav Soukup, Ondřej Moravec and Veronika Vítková, biathlon world champions will also be participating in the event, for example the biathlon legend (six times Olympic champion) Ole Einar Bjorndalen, the Fourcade brothers, the Norwegian Svendsen and the German Peiffer.
Fans can look forward not only to meeting their sporting idols, but also to a recently refurbished and comfortably equipped stadium which can hold up to 20,000 spectators. The shooting range, start and finish line located under the gigantic stands provide the closest possible contact between the competitors and the spectators, who become directly involved in the competitions. An overview of how the competition is progressing is provided by massive large-area screens. A four-floor building has also recently been built here with facilities for the judges, computer technology, meetings of the trainers and for the organisation committee.
What should you make sure not to miss during the championships
The opening ceremony for the actual championships will be held on Wednesday 6 February at 20:30 pm right in the biathlon arena. Afternoon accompanying programmes will be taking place from 7 until 17 February on weekdays after 4:00 pm on Vratislavovo náměstí in Nové Město.
The permanent exhibition at the Highland Museum will also be open with an exhibition of ski production in the Nové Město area and a presentation by the local ski manufacturer Sporten. Visitors will also be able to have fun in Žďár nad Sázavou, where they can try their hand at shooting using a small-calibre rifle at the laser biathlon shooting range on 31.1. from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Cultural monuments will also be open during the championships, thus attracting visitors to the pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora, which is included in the UNSECO World Heritage List. Other UNSECO monuments can be visited in Třebíč, where the only completely preserved Jewish quarter in Europe is to be found, as is the Romanesque St. Procopius Basilica. Both monuments are open to the public during the winter.