Riders in this news : Selina GASPARIN
Despite the bad weather -windy and snowy- Switzerland’s Selina Gasparin claimed in Hochfilzen’s Sprint the first World Cup victory of her career. It’s also the first victory for Switzerland in biathlon! The skier from Rossignol Team ended first with one penalty ahead of Veronika Vitkova and Irina Starykh.
"It was just a normal day out there, skiing and shooting...I had a miss in the standing and then never thought about the podium. I was thinking it would not be a good position...It was a big surprise: I have always been always dreaming about a podium, maybe second or third, but I never thought about a victory. Now I am really surprised to be the winner of today's race. I thought it would be cool to have a woman take the first victory. It is an honor to be the First world Cup winner; it is a really big day for Switzerland."
(Quote : Biathlonworld - Picture : NordicFocus)
Russia’s Alexander Legkov has taken the third place in the final stage of the Ruka Triple, Eldar Roenning from Norway finishes second of 10km Classic whereas Sweden’s Teodor Petterson ends third of the Classic Sprint.
Eldar Roenning was not at the start of the Pursuit 12,5km this Sunday so it’s Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby who has won the final stage of the Ruke Triple ahead of Maxim Vylehgzhanin and Alexander Legkov from Rossignol Team.
Alexander Legkov (RUS): “I am happy about the third place. My shape has been good and the result today gave me confidence for the next months. Olympics are the biggest goal for me but I also hope I will be in a good shape for the Tour de Ski.“
After his second place during the 10km Classic, Eldar Roenning takes the lead of the Overall World Cup and the Ruka Triple.
Eldar Rønning (NOR) : ” I felt quite good and had a fast 2.0 km before the finish. It was an exciting competition. Some of the top skiers started in front, some in the middle so it was nice to watch. I have not been in the yellow bib almost seven years. Tomorrow is skating and I have no hopes to be in top 10.”
It was the first race of the season and the first podium for Teodor Peterson, Rossignol’s Sprint specialist and winner of the Sprint World Cup in 2012.
Teodor Peterson (SWE): ” I did hope for a podium today. I had a good summer and autumn. I hope I can carry on the good shape and have more of such good competitions like today. It would be great if I could keep a steady shape during the whole season. Hopefully it will be enough to be one of the best sprinters this season.”
Discover the reactions of the athletes from Rossignol Team after their wonderful performances during Oestersund’s Sprint.
Martin Fourcade after his 26th victory
"I was a bit lucky. I was disappointed for Fredrik since he fell on the last lap. We both know he would have won if had not fallen. We both know that shooting clean is what you need to win; it is the best way to win! I know that Fredrik and Tim are among the best, so it was not surprise that they are here."
Tim Burke from USA ends thirdTim Burke, 3rd of Oestersund's Sprint
25th victory for Martin Fourcade
“The past few days were hard, with some criticism in the press. But my team, family and fans stood by me, which was very important to me. I am not one who worries about records or things like that, but I am quite proud of this victory. I think it was one of my best...I am exhausted and satisfied. The past few days were hard, with some criticism in the press. I did not have to answer the critics. My team, family and fans stood by me, which was very important to me. It was very nice to have the quiet with my team over the past few days. I am quite proud to give this victory back to my fans and teammates. I was on automatic pilot today. I did not think about technique or anything else. I still feel like I have more in my body...I still do not feel perfect on my skis yet."
Successful come-back for Marie-Laure Brunet (3rd)
“I never thought about winning. I tried to stay focused. Shooting was difficult because I had a little bit of wind, but I fought hard to hit four. It was like a victory after how last season ended.”
Before the start of the new Biathlon and Cross-Country World Cup season, check out the main goals of our Rosssignol’s athletes. They definitely are looking forward to next season and especially the Olympic Games in Sochi!
Martin Fourcade (FRA): « The next season will be very important for me. I will participate to my second Olympic Games and I want to grab the gold medal. I will have 6 races to reach this goal. In order to succeed, I would like to begin well my World Cup season and arrive in confidence in Sochi.”
Tim Burke (USA): “Like all winter athletes, I am definitely looking forward to next season and of course the Olympics. My number one priority for next season is to be at my best for the Sochi Games. I know that if I am at my best, I will have a shot at an Olympic medal and that is my ultimate goal. Of course I am also looking forward to the rest of the World Cup season as well, and I would like to go for another top 10 finish in the Overall World Cup.“
Olga Zaitseva (RUS): “My goals for this season are very high. With my super skis Rossignol, I would like to be the best athlete. And I want to have better results better than last season. I would like also to catch some gold medals at the Olympic Games.”
Jean-Guillaume Béatrix (FRA): “I would like to claim my first podium in World Cup and especially in Le Grand-Bornand. Reach the Top 10 in the WC Overall is also a goal. And for the Olympic Games, I expect two medals, one during the relay and one in individual.”
Carl Johan Bergman (SWE): "The season 2013-2014 is a special one. The Olympic Games in Sochi are the big event! I go to Russia to come back home with an individual medal."
Lowell Bailey (USA): “My goals are to grab an Olympic and a World Cup podium and be part of the Top 15 in the WC Overall.”
Lucas Hofer (ITA): “The two main goals are for sure the Olympic Games in Sochi and to fight again for the first positions.”
Eldar Rønning (NOR): “My goal for next season is to win an Olympic gold medal!”
Øystein Pettersen (NOR): “My goal for this season is to give my best during every races where I will participate. I want to be able to defend my team gold medal from Vancouver, and I want to inspire others to dream big and achieve their goals!”
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR): “I would like to catch one individual medal in Olympic Games Sochi and a gold medal during the National Championship.”
Teodor Petersen (SWE): “My goals for next year will be the crystal globe of the sprint in World Cup and of course the Olympics in Sochi.”
Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE): “My goal is the Olympic Games. I want to be in good shape in order to fight for medals. And I hope to do a good season in the World Cup and fight for victories in sprint races.”
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