Bailly: France can replace retired stars

Thu, 09 Dec 15:58:00 2010

Sandrine Bailly has said that none of France's biathlon stars are irreplaceable as the national teams rebuild this winter.

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In the women's discipline both Bailly and team-mate Sylvie Becaert have retired, while in the men's team veteran Vincent Defrasne has also hung up his skis.

"None of that should stop the French relay teams from enjoying success", Bailly insists.

"It will just take a little time to put everything in place. Sylvie and I were very good in our respective roles in the relay, we had the experience. Now, younger girls will have to try to find their roles.

"Marie-Laure Brunet is perfect for the start, she is qualified. Marie Dorin is also very good in second or third position. We need a finisher, a fast skier to make the difference.

"I think we should give them time to get to know a little more, so that everyone finds their place."

Bailly is full of optimism for French biathlon this winter despite the changes to the personnel.

"I have great hopes," she said.

"Brunet and Dorin should confirm their Olympic medal placing and occupy the top spots regularly.

"It's the same thing for Jay Vincent. He made a big statement in Vancouver and it's up to him to build on it.

"Martin Fourcade needs to continue his momentum and I hope that Simon Fourcade finds his confidence."


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