The Penalty Loop Podcast

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

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About Us

Jordan Gottschalk from Penalty Loop and RJ Weise from Biathlon Analytics break down the world of biathlon, focusing primarily on the IBU World Cup, but touching on a few other important areas as well. In the summer months we interview athletes, coaches and other people related to biathlon, with a main focus on understanding life of an athlete, coach, etc. in the IBU World.

All this with a little structure, but mostly our own unique spin based on the history and data of biathlon.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy it! If there is anything in particular you would like us to talk about or you have any help critiques we would love to hear it on social media (Jordan on Twitter - Jordan on Instagram -  RJ on Twitter - RJ on Instagram


Monday Apr 22, 2024

It's time to talk more biathlon! Let be honest it's always time to talk more biathlon. We reconvened to discuss:
- French, Swiss, Swedish, and Norwegian national championships
- A little bit of biathlon news
- Was there a connection between ski brand and ski speed this season
- Jordan's connection with Tarjei Boe
- A preview/overview of some breakthroughs this season 

Monday Apr 08, 2024

It's time to recap the 2023-2024 Biathlon World Cup season! Here in part 2 we discuss the women including:
- Lou Jeanmonnot announcing herself as a contender now and in the future
- Lisa Vittozzi finishing off one of the most remarkable career comebacks in biathlon history
- Lena Haecki-Gross in year 10 of her career becomes the best Swiss woman in biathlon history
- Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold just misses out on the Globe
- Justine Braisaz-Bouchet and Julia Simon are in it for the long haul
- What happened to Hanna and Elvira this season?
- And much more!

Monday Apr 08, 2024

It's our 100th Episode! We recap our journey of where we started and everything that has happened over the last 100 episodes. A big THANK YOU! To everybody who has listened and joined us along the way!
We also cover 2 pieces of big news:
1) Christian Gow, Biathlon Canada mainstay, announced his retirement
2) Tarjei Boe is back! Please check out my very personal thoughts on this here:

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

It's time to recap the 2023-2024 Biathlon World Cup season! We broke our recap up in 2 parts rather than giving you one massive nearly 3 hour podcast. Here in part 1 we discuss the men including:
- JT Boe's 5th Overall title was better than you may have thought
- Some young men showing off including Eric Perrot, Tommaso Giacomel, and Campbell Wright
- Tarjei Boe completes the 2nd best season of his illustrious career
- Emilien Jacquelin finds himself
- Sturla Holm Laegreid with the year's most "interesting" season
- The German men were...actually good?
- Where is QFM heading
- And much more!

Monday Mar 25, 2024

We head back to Canmore for one more episode! This time around we do our normal discussion about the racing but this time we have interviews! We discuss:
- Exhausted athletes
- JT Boe winning the Globe in style
- Anna Gandler continues to shine
- The French and Italians close out the season very strong
- Lisa Vittozzi and Lou Jeanmonnot giving us a preview of next season?
- Late season redemption for Hanna Oeberg and Marketa Davidova
- And More!

Monday Mar 18, 2024

In part 1 of our recap of the conclusion of the World Cup biathlon season in Canmore we have story time with RJ! He shares the tales of his weekend mixing and mingling with fans, athletes and coaches and gives us the sense of what it was like on the ground as the greatest biathletes in the world converged on Canada. In this episode we hear:
- His day by day and race by race memories
- Hear about some of the athletes that he was able to interview (interviews will be included in part 2). 
This episode is far more about the general feel of the weekend and less discussion and analysis of the racing. But it was an absolutely joy to record so I hope you give it a listen!

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Biathlon returns to North America and the racing was absolutely electric. It absolutely left us breathless so we had to wait and record a little later so we can recover! This week we discussed:
- The epic Men's Pursuit race including JT Boe and the Emilien Jacquelin experience
- The Lou Jeanmonnot weekend and what would have to happen for her to win the Overall
- US Biathlon on an upswing
- Justine Braisaz-Bouchet appreciation 
- Eric Perrot is the now of French men's biathlon
- Overview of the Women's Overall race especially focused on can Tandrevold hang on by her fingernails?
- And more!

Monday Mar 04, 2024

It was a rainy and fairly gross weekend in Oslo, but it was another thrilling weekend of racing! This week on the pod we discussed all of the action including:
- The really exciting state of the Overall races with it being completely undecided with 2 weekends to go
- Did Tandrevold fix her shooting and is she now the prohibitive favorite? If not her who is the top challenger?
- Will Tarjei Boe topple his brother?
- Christiansen's epic chase down of Sebastian Samuelsson
- Finland makes a podium!
- A HUGE thank you to all of the fans braving the weather
- And more!

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Anna Gandler was so kind to grace us with her time this week! We covered many fun topics with the up and coming Austrian biathlete including:
- Her spectacular 2024 World Championships in Nove Mesto by every aspect of racing.
- Getting a new rifle this season and learning to adapt to it.
- A delicious discussion on German/Austrian snacks
- Running a successful social media account as an athlete
- Discussing new ski technology
- What movies do she and Emilien watch when they have time off?
- Which woman on the biathlon World Cup is secretly jacked!
- And much more fun!

Monday Feb 19, 2024

After a thrilling conclusion to the 2023-2024 Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto our heads were absolutely spinning. As we covered the first half of the events on part 1, after covering some big picture take aways we tried to focus on the races and stories from the 2nd half starting with the Individual races. Some of the items discussed included:
- JT Boe is still the boss
- Julia Simon's lightning shooting gives her a super power
- The Germans had a much better 2nd half of Worlds
- More diversity with Latvia, USA, Poland, and Estonia showing well
- What happened with Tandrevold and the Norwegian women
- So so so much more!


Welcome to the Penalty Loop Podcast

The brilliant RJ Weise of BiathlonAnalytics and I have launched what will eventually be a weekly podcast! We'll do our best to break down the world of biathlon, focusing primarily on the IBU World Cup, but touching on a few other important areas as well. Our hope is to try to discuss the important topics of the day but to do so with our own unique spin. Hopefully you'll enjoy it! If there is anything in particular you would like us to talk about or you have any help critiques we would love to hear it. 

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