Q&A Tomasz Sikora

EXCLUSIVE: We caught up with Polish biathlon star Tomasz Sikora, who won silver in the mass start in Turin, ahead of the Vancouver Games.


Q: Your results improved just before your departure to Vancouver. Are you in better shape?

Tomasz Sikora: The races in Antholz were the best of the current season. I think that I'm getting in better and better shape. My runs are not perfect, but definitely better than those from the beginning of the season. I hope that a further week of training will help me achieve optimal form. Only the Olympic Games count for me this season.

Q: Did you not feel concerned by your poor form in the first half of the season?

TS: I was not stressed, not for a moment. A long break caused by illness had a detrimental effect on me and with such a high level on the World Cup, it was difficult to immediately start getting very good results. But now I feel great and I hope that this will not change during the Games.

Q: Is this going to be your last Olympics?

TS: It is very difficult for me to answer that question. I have already been close to ending my career once so now I would prefer not to make such declarations.

Q: In 2002, an Olympics in North America was not too kind to you.

TS: With hindsight I can say that in Salt Lake City there were mistakes with my preparation. That team could have produced much better results. In Torino we avoided those mistakes. In recent years, I have always been very well prepared for the big events. So I am optimistic.

Q: Are you not afraid of flat and technically demanding routes?

TS: If the athlete is well prepared, there is no difference, whatever the profile of the route. The only thing I am afraid of is the weather. I hope that during the competition it will not be too hot. I prefer to run and shoot at low temperatures.

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