After his 100th career top-10 finish in the Antholz pursuit, Simon answered our five burning questions…and in a sixth, he revealed his perfect day off!
Biathlonworld: What is the key to your unbelievably consistent prone shooting this season?
Simon Eder: I think it is multifactorial, external and internal factors have to come together. You need, for example constant weather conditions and an ammunition that fits really good to your weapon. Internally, I try to balance my shooting between fast and not taking too much risk between the 5 shots… and some of my hits have been really close so you need a little bit of luck as well!
BW: Is it hard to believe this is your 20th World Cup season?
SE: For sure, half of my life I’ve been in professional sport but that’s what I already hoped for when I was a little child.
BW: How do you stay motivated after so many years of high-level professional sport?
SE: I love my job and my father also had a very long career. So, to me it has always been kind of “normal” to compete until the age of 40. I looked up to my father and generally to other sportsmen with long careers like Maurilio De Zolt, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Anders Aukland or Jaromir Jagr. In my family I have two biathlon coaches, and both always help me with the concerns of a senior athlete.
BW: What do you typically do to recover after a race especially in weeks like Antholz with three consecutive days of competition?
SE: My wife is a dietitian and knows a lot about food, so she helps me a lot. This season the Austrian team also works with a sport nutrition scientist as well and we have physiotherapists in our team too! Sleeping as much as possible is my personal recovery tip.
BW: Your dad has been your coach from day one, what is the best advice he ever gave you?
SE: Try to stay calm in difficult situations. He is living it more than just saying this advice. In 2017, I was sick for the whole month of January, just before the home IBU WCH in Hochfilzen. Without him it would not have been possible to reach two medals there.
BW: Bonus Question: What will you do on a perfect day off from training when you are back home?
SE: I will take my daughter to the school, sit on my sofa @home and take an evening walk with the family and the dog…a perfect day! Photos: IBU/Christian Manzoni, Jasmine Walter