The Penalty Loop Podcast

The Penalty Loop Podcast

Join Jordan Gottschalk and regular guest RJ Weise in a discussion on the world of biathlon


September 19, 2023 73 mins

Part 2 of our awesome discussion with Clare Egan! In this section we get DEEEEEP into some big topics including:

1) Doping (5:35)

2) Relations with Russian and Belarussian federations/athletes (19:20)

3) Climate change (31:00)

4) Training for the big shot (57:00)

Part 3 coming later this week!


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Baiba Bendika returns to tell us all about how her life has changed over the last 9 months or so!

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We did it! Clare Egan, the most requested and recommended interview joined us for a HUGE 3 part interview. In part 1 we focus mostly on Clare's personal history. We talk about growing up in cross country skiing, creating the XC ski club at her university, and her auspicious intro into biathlon. Then we discuss her IBU career including some truly incredible high points. And we discuss her thoughts on her future...Netflix producer? 


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After Matthias went back to Germany in April to work with youth biathletes in Bayerwald (Bavarian forrest) we caught up with him. Unfortunately Jordan had to deal with a dog getting hit (the dog's recovering from a broken shoulder) so he was unable to make it.

Part 1 of this interview is largely about the comparison of the Canadian and German "biathlon systems" and how it is impacted by the nation's support, school, physical develo...

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We caught up with former biathlete from the Canadian national team AND our first ever summer guest on the podcast, Scott Gow. We hear from him what keeps him busy these days, how he transitions from athlete to a "normal person". We get interrupted by another surprise former biathlete, we talk IBU and biathlon developments and there's more that you just don't want to miss!

We also talk about two projects Scott is currently involved ...

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Come celebrate Canada Day with us as we are joined for a delightful interview with Canadian star Emma Lunder! We hear all about her journey from small town Canada to the World Cup. Then we focus in on her amazing 22-23 breakout season and the secret that made it all possible. We also get to hear more about being in a relationship with a fellow World Cup athlete with all the details you want to know like “Where is the best World Cup...

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The Return of the Penalty Loop Podcast! We're back and go over the news, both personal and biathlon, as a lot has happened since we last recorded.

We hope you enjoy hearing us again as much as it was to record again!

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April 21, 2023 21 mins

As we are still awaiting a Floridian family member increase, Jordan and I had a quick chat about things happening in the biathlon world, what we are working on, and what's coming in the summer.

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In this week's episode we start off by talking a little biathlon news. Not a lot this week but we give a big THANK YOU to Biathlon23 for all of he work he has done the last 10 years and we wish him a restful year away from blogging. We also give some quick takes on the Norwegian 2023-2024 team announcement from this week. Then after teasing it for weeks, we FINALLY take a look at the Junior World Championships. We look at some athl...

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Read all about it! The new Penalty Loop Podcast Daily Paper!

We take a bit of a different spin on the 2022/23 season review but with some expected topics as well of course! Globe winners, the season in numbers, missing athletes, clean shooters, streak shooters, improving nations, up & coming athletes, lots of data, lots of fun!


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In sadly our last weekend recap of the season we take a look back at an enormously eventful weekend of racing in Oslo! We discuss the enthusiastic retirement ceremonies, the wild finish to the Men's u25 Globe race, the successful last weekends of Herrmann-Wick, Roeiseland, and Chevalier-Bouchet, Hanna Oeberg closing strong, the great success of our Friends of the Pod this weekend and more! Don't worry, our 2022-2023 season recap is...

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We got together immediately after the racing finished up in beautiful Oestersund to discuss another thrilling weekend of racing. Dorothea Wierer completed her best weekend in several season while the races on the men's side were wide open! We touch on the amazing young talent rising in the sport from Italy, France, Switzerland and more while the elder statesmen like Wierer and Roeiseland...and Eder?...continue to shine. We did brie...

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RJ's home range at the Canmore Nordic Centre hosted the final two IBU Cups of the season, and the Penalty Loop crew was there three days for track-side sounds, interviews, chats, pictures, videos, and sadly some mixed feelings about only being there for 50%. Luckily we had a good time catching up afterward, and fingers crossed both our families will be there next year.

We want to thank the following athletes, officials, and biathlo...

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Another amazing week of biathlon and another week of amazing crowds! We take a look back at everything that happened in an eventful week of IBU World Cup biathlon including: Latvia and Baiba Bendika on the podium! COVID impacts, Jacquelin stepping away, JT Boe's record season, Tarjei Boe looking like Tarjei Boe, Roeiseland back and Tandrevold looking tremendous, and so much more!

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With a week off between the World Championships and the 3rd Trimester we were so fortunate to get to spend some time chatting with Austrian up and coming biathlete Anna Gandler! We talked about the differences between Austria and Australia, growing up the daughter of an Olympic medalist, her rapid ascent to the World Cup, her Oberhof experience, goals for the rest of the season and summer, and of course, recent winner on the IBU Cu...

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Another week of exciting biathlon in the Thuringer Wald with sun, rain, fog, wind, unexpected winners, expected winners, revivals, redemption, disappointments, elation, hares, amazing crowds, superstars and soon to be's, and everything that makes biathlon the best sport in the world!

Jordan and RJ catch up again after the second week of the World Championships come to an end.

As mentioned in the podcast, check out Michael Rosch on ...

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The first few races of the 2023 Oberhof World Championships are in the books and we are here to take a look back! We discuss Denise Herrmann-Wick's magical win and the German racing in general, JT Boe's absolute dominance, Samuelsson and Sweden's up's and down's this Championships, IBU quota rules and many more men and women who have been having great Championships so far!

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Jordan and RJ chat about the Podcast's one-year anniversary, general biathlon news, and analytics. Then we share some thoughts about the upcoming World Championships in Oberhof!

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No World Cup biathlon race weekend to talk about, but that gave us the opportunity to have a great new guest on our show: Johanna Talihaerm from Estonia, reporting from Lenzerheide in Switzerland. We talked about her path into biathlon, life as an athlete (individual and team), dry-firing with only a stock, Bozeman (and Altius, see link below), sponsors (see link below), funding, adventure racing, Estonia, favourite tracks, as I al...

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We start this week off as many people are this week, diving deeeeep into the greatness of JT Boe this year and his career comparing him with Fourcade and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Then we discuss the action in Antholz including Wierer's emotional win, Elvira's continued growth, the stunning depth of the French women, and much more. 

We hope you enjoy it!

Tweet Jordan @penaltyloop or insta @penaltylooppodcast, and RJ @biathlonanalyt1 o...

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