Irina Uslugina: This season was one of the most interesting ones in my career

Press-conference of the medalists of women’s pursuit was held in the media center of Biathlon IBU Cup Final.

1 place – Irina Uslugina (Russia):

“Today’s race was even harder than yesterday. It got warmer today and ski didn’t work as good as yesterday. And you just had to put up with it. I thought that I was the only one with such a problem but I asked Anastasiia and she had exactly the same. But this happens now and then. My last shooting was too long I stopped to make the second shot for too long and messed up my breathing. As a result I missed the last shot. My task for today’s race was to concentrate on shooting and I do it clean. It was not perfect but still ok. This season was one of the most interesting ones in my career. I started it well but then I completely lost the February because of Russian athletes were not participating in the Olympics. I didn’t even want to compete after that. But now I am here and I feel great”.

2 place – Anastasiia Egorova (Russia):

“I didn’t have any strategy before the start. I knew that I would have to concentrate really hard on the shooting range. It didn’t work out as I planned, so I had to correct my mistakes on the penalty loop. I understood that I was really strong physically and missed shots weren’t such a big problem. I am very happy with this race. These results make me feel more confident before the next season”.

3 place – Karolin Horchler (Germany):

“I didn’t think I will be fighting for the podium today. I hoped so, but it was very hard. I am very satisfied with my race today and clean shooting again makes me especially happy. I wanted this race to be a success so I was concentrated on myself. I was a little bit nervous in the morning because of the total score points. The Big Globe? It feels really heavy in my hands. It is so cool to get it and I am really happy”.


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