After finishing second in the Pokljuka sprint and third in the pursuit, we asked Tarjei five questions about his biathlon life…plus a wild card bonus!
Biathlonworld: When did you realize that Johannes had more biathlon talent than you could imagine?
Tarjei Boe: When he was 18 years old and was skiing around half of the A-team in the National Champs at the end of the season.
BW: What is it about spending the holidays at your cabin that seems to reenergize you every year?
TB: Maybe the other athletes are going home for a break, while I’m trying to take advantage of some solid training at home. The conditions in Skeikampen, where the cabin is, are also the best for skiing in Norway.
BW: What is your biggest asset when you line for competition: experience, mental focus, or…?
TB: I think my biggest asset is that I’m I fighter and never give up. Regarding the technical parts I guess it’s the long uphills in the tracks and the prone shooting.
BW: What changed in your biathlon life when you became a father?
TB: Less time sitting on my iPhone, and less time watching Netflix. I guess the spare time is gone, but the feeling of being a dad is fantastic.
BW: Your only other podium at Pokljuka was also a second place in the 2010 sprint to Bjorn Ferry, what is the difference (other than age) between the 2010 Tarjei and the 2023 Tarjei?
TB: I think I’m a more complete athlete now. I’ve got more skills to play with in different situations.
BW: As a bonus for all your fans: What is something that most people do not know about you?
TB: I know how to play a drum set!
Photos: IBU/Christian Manzoni