Crowds and Teammates
Simon loved the huge crowd while saying the team did “an amazing job…It is an amazing crowd here, everywhere. On the tracks, it is crazy: I really like it. We did a very great team performance today. The boys were very strong. Justine was very, very fast on skis, maybe a little hard in prone but she managed very well the standing. I just had to finish the job. My team did an amazing job!”
“Something very special”
She truly enjoyed the last loo, high-fiving and slapping hands with fans and the staff. “It felt very good to enjoy this last lap. Just to see all the technicians, coaches, all the staff very happy is a great feeling; something very special!”
Defending Champions Norway, with eight spares won the Silver medal. Sweden, with ten spares won the Bronze medal when anchor Elvira Oeberg overpowered Switzerland’s Amy Baserga on the final lap to seal the last medal, 1:01.7 to 1:02.9 back for the fourth place Swiss.
Germany, after leading much for much of the competition finished fifth, with a penalty and nine spares, 1:30.9 back. Austria, with seven spares finished sixth, 2:30.5 back.
Twenty-five teams lined up for the IBU WCH-opening mixed relay on a windy, rainy 6C evening, in front of 20,000 fans in the Vysocina Arena. German leadoff Justus Strelow went 10-for-10, but Perrot fought back after standing, tagging Fillon Maillet a half step in front of Philipp Nawrath, with JT Boe third, but 16 seconds back.
In the lead after prone, Nawrath struggled in standing, allowing Fillon Maillet after one miss to close within 6 seconds with Norway 26 seconds back.
Franziska Preuss started eight seconds up on Braisaz-Bouchet, with Karoline Knotten 20 seconds back. Braisaz-Bouchet quickly closed the gap but went for a penalty loop. Preuss added one in standing, ceding the lead to Norway, but half-way through the last loop, Braisaz-Bouchet took charge, tagging Simon six seconds up on the Swiss and Norwegians.
Simon easily closed the ten targets in her anchor leg, leaving standing with no doubt about victory. Tandrevold got away second after a spare. Switzerland’s Amy Baserga cleaned standing in five shots. Elvira followed 12 seconds out of the last medal, but she quickly passed Baserga, sealing the Bronze medal for Sweden.
Photos: IBU/Vianney Thibaut, Nordic Focus