On September 6th 2016 Slovak biathletes Anastasia Kuzmina, Paulina Fialkova and Martin Otcenas met the press before the start of 2016/2017 season. After extending the sponsorship contract between Viessmann Slovakia and Slovak Biathlon Union, the three biathletes informed the press about their goals for the upcoming season. Martin Otcenas is a fresh two-time champion at Summer Biathlon Championships. Paulina Fialkova had some respectable results at IBU World Cup, as well as on IBU Cup Championships, where she won two medals. The two-time Olympic champion Anastasia Kuzmina returns to biathlon from maternity leave after two seasons.
The 7th edition of IBU Biathlon Cup 2015/2016 took place during the second weekend of February 2016 in Osrblie, Slovakia. The toughest individual races were held on Saturday, February 13th (Four shootings, penalty minutes instead of penalty loops, 20 kilometers for men and 15 kilometers for women). Matvey Eliseev of Russia won the men’s race and Marine Bolliet of France claimed the victory in women’s race. World Cup star Tiril Eckhoff of Norway also made an appearance in the heart of Slovakia. Her superfast skis and four penalty minutes were good enough for fifth place.