Emilien, second in the dash, it is a nice outcome. Despite your 8/10, did you consider in victory for a very long time?
” No. Being bib 40, there were around sixty riders behind and precisely with an 8/10, I was surprised to find myself at the top of the standings. I wasn’t sure I would win. Afterwards, I was satisfied with my race despite complicated conditions, I knew how to keep my line of conduct and work well whether on the track or on the shooting range. It’s not the perfect race but I’ll be happy with it. “
How had been the situations?
“There was fog and gusts of wind. It is drawable. Personally, on my inclined shot I had little wind. At least, it was the capturing take a look at. That’s why I made a decision to rent him. On my standing shot, it was windy. Around me, Felix Leitner and Johannes Boe had problem releasing their balls. It is all the time a disgrace sportingly talking these sorts of situations as a result of they aren’t the identical for each athlete. But there’s all the time a approach out and what issues is to offer 100% and never have any regrets. “
It’s a nice strategy to begin the 12 months too…
“It feels good to begin the 12 months like this for positive! Especially since I’m somebody who seems to be again a lot. Last 12 months, right here at Oberhof, I struggled a lot in the person races. During the 2 weeks of reduce, I had injured my again and behind I had a lot of bother to be in form in January. Starting with a podium makes me all of the extra completely satisfied as a result of I see that the shape continues to be current and that what I put in place in capturing goes in the suitable path. “
Did you feel the weight of the yellow jersey on this race?
“No, to be honest I was happy during the shooting tests. I had a smile. It quickly fell back because I knew that this was not the jersey that was going to make my performance of the day and that I had to stay focused on what I had to do. I did not take the lead with any ranking. I just wanted to give my maximum. “
Has your disappointment over the pursuit of Grand-Bornand enabled you to higher handle the stress of the yellow bib right now?
” I think. The pursuit of Grand-Bornand Very quickly allowed me to take stock of myself, take a step back and show myself, once again, that thinking about the result or imagining a future does not allow me to perform. What is needed is to stay in the present moment. This is what I managed to put in place the next day on the mass start. We often say: ” failures either we do nothing or we learn and we move forward ”. For my part, I learned a lot from this pursuit. There will still be ups and downs, it’s the basics of sport. But it made me evolve. It also allowed me, during these two weeks at home, not to take the lead on this yellow jersey at all. I was focused on my recovery and working to become a better biathlete. “
Similar situations are anticipated on the Games. Was it a good exercise?
“Yes clearly. On each race I try to put things in place to evolve. Today (Friday), I said to myself: “It’s very good there is wind coming from the left, that’s exactly what will await us at the Games.” These are races the place you additionally should be taught to tear your self away, to be affected person. With the top wind, we had been climbing in locations that had been speculated to be quick. All these small particulars, you shouldn’t apprehend them however dwell them to have probably the most perspective and expertise on them. “
For a long time you had the image of being a chaser or a mass start runner. And there now you have the red sprint leader’s bib. How do you explain it?
” We evolve in life (laughs)! This will be defined by the truth that this 12 months I actually needed to enhance on the sprints and the people. Individuals are all the time sophisticated as a result of we solely have three in the 12 months. I hope that can include time however I used to be very disenchanted with what I did in Ostersund. On the sprints, the scenario had been the identical for a few years. Emotions typically took over and I missed my race being able to do very effectively. Then the vengeful Emilien did the work on the pursuit. Now, I can handle my feelings higher, to remain calm. I’m very completely satisfied. From my viewpoint, it is all the time fascinating to win chases or to play the globe as a result of it reveals that we had been current in two races. But it’s true that the dash reveals the intrinsic qualities of an athlete in entrance of himself. Performing effectively in this racing format means a lot. “
You have been appointed ambassador for the flag bearers with Anaïs (Bescond). How do you take it?
“I am very happy to be able to represent French biathlon with Anaïs. We are designated to be able to elect the flag bearers for the next Olympic Games, it is a duty and a source of pride. We will try to be as objective as possible so that France is very well represented at the Games. “