Good, thanks! Missing the last two World Cups of the season - especially the one on home soil - was no fun. On the positive side, I got some extra time at home that helped me to get a good recovery after the 2022/2023 season. I mustered a fresh motivation for following challenges. I am healthy and have done some training sessions, and everything is fine.
Yes! I am already looking forward to the next one!
I had not done so many good races before Oberhof 2023, but I learned to keep believing in myself and pushing. When you do everything within your power, good moments happen. It sounds like a cliché, but it is true.
I am not sure I would have done anything differently. Even though I am not happy with my performance many times during the season, I always do everything I can during and before the season. Then it is hard to be disappointed. Sometimes you are in the flow, sometimes not. But for sure, I will work hard this coming summer as well!
The feeling I got in the 10-15 seconds when I got my gold-winning gap in Birxsteig at the Mass Start in Oberhof.
I was relatively tired after a long championship, and I thought before starting that I wanted to make a fine last race. I knew nothing would come easy. But I was ready for a fight. I have only shot clean twice in a four-shooting discipline, in the Pursuit at the World Championships in Pokljuka, where I won silver, and in the Mass Start in Oberhof. To make the perfect race, one needs to shoot clean. In Oberhof, I also managed skiing tactics perfectly. And not only the final loop but all the loops. I was in front sometimes, but mainly I was calm and trying to save energy for later laps. After the two first loops, I felt the race tilting my way. I enjoyed it until the end.
I felt strong! And I took the opportunity! I told myself: “If I want to be World Champion, then I have to go for it and be brave.” That is why I managed to go all in so early in the last lap.
No. I wanted to fight for the Total Score title and be good in all the World Cups. I was not consistent enough at the beginning of the season to match JT Boe, who was unbelievably strong. When I got sick during Christmas, I gave up my chances of winning the Crystal Globe. And then, of course, my focus shifted a lot toward Oberhof 2023. It is always hard not to do good races! But as a biathlete, you know you will do it sometimes. I will give the Norwegians a better fight daily next year!
JT Boe was so strong you always had to do a perfect race (and maybe hope he would not) to beat him. But I always said it was possible, and I was right.
Yes! If he can do it, others can do it!
One thing is sure, JT Boe is a great athlete. And the season he had, was the best we have ever seen. To beat him consistently will be very hard. But with good work in summer - physically and on the shooting range - one can edge closer to his levels. For me, it is very moving to see what is possible. I plan to challenge him next season!
I will enjoy summer in Sweden with hopefully good weather, playing plenty of golf, and relaxing from the mentally tough winter season.
Not really. I hope to see a good football match in Stockholm or something. I do not follow football especially closely, but I want to feel the atmosphere!
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