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Spectators and athletes brave heavy snowfall at the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany

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Spectators stand in heavy snowfall to watch the men's 4 x 7,5 km relay event of the IBU biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, eastern Germany on Jan. 5, 2012.

Eurosport reports: Italy came from behind to snatch victory from Russia in the IBU Biathlon World Cup men’s 4x7.5km relay event in Oberhof, Germany to end a long wait for a relay win.

It was Italy's first victory in a men's relay since 1993.

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Biathlets prepare for the start during heavy snow storm at the men's 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

For most of the race it looked as though the Russian team of Anton Shipulin, Evgeniy Garanichev, Evgeny Ustyugov and Alexey Volkov would easily collect the win as they led from the first leg.

But despite taking over with a 43.6 second lead from Italy in the final leg, Volkov picked up three penalties with the rifle as the Russian team slipped to second.

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An unidentified athlete competes during heavy snowfall in the men's 4 x 7,5 km relay event of the IBU biathlon World Cup in Oberhof.

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Italy's Lukas Hofer reacts winning in the 4x7.5 km men's relay competition at the Biathlon World Cup in the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof Jan. 5, 2012. Italy won the competition, Russia placed second and Sweden placed third.

Yesterday in PhotoBlog, we ran images from the women's relay