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 Mar 20, 2023

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 coming soon!

Monday Mar 13, 2023

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 briefly discuss a really fun week at the Junior Worlds where 15 nations made the podium! Finally we pick a few athletes we hope to see climb the podium in Oslo!

Thursday Mar 09, 2023

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 biathlon enthusiasts who came over to chat or were kind enough to be interviewed:
Shilo Rousseau - shilo_rousseauGillian Gowling - gilliangowlingZoe Pekos - zoe_pekosDanika Burke - danika.burke
Erdal, Karoline - karolineerdalEnodd, Jenny - jennyenodd
Chris Gomez Mateos - chris_gomez_mRaul Antonio Figueroa - thetacotales
Philip HornP - hoernle__
Emilien Claude - emilien_claudeAndreas Hechenberger - andihechei
Sophia - biathlon_yukon
Clare Egan - clareeganbiathlete
And a gig thanks to all volunteers, Canmore Biathlon, and Biathlon Canada for a fantastic event and preview of more to come next year!
PS: sorry about the loud wind sounds during some of the recordings. I tried to remove them but it would take away some of the speakers as well.

Monday Mar 06, 2023

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!

Monday Feb 27, 2023

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 Cup Emilien Claude. Come for the biathlon, stay for the gardening advice!

Monday Feb 20, 2023

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 instagram. If you love biathlon and you want to have a laugh every now and then, he's a good one to follow @mikklroesch

Monday Feb 13, 2023

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!

Monday Feb 06, 2023

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!

Monday Jan 30, 2023

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 always say, so much more.
Enjoy the episode!
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Monday Jan 23, 2023

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 or insta @biathlonanalytics


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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