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Colette Bourgonje: Good waxed skis is the key to success

The medalists of the 4th competition day met with the journalists and shared their impressions about the race. Chris Klebl, Colette Bourgonje, Enzo Masiello and Liudmila Vauchok told about the way they coped with the track, the weather they prefer, and they also shared their impressions about the Khanty-Mansiysk excursion.

Liudmila: Today the weather was on our side, but skis didn’t serve very well. I expected to win, but before the race started I had got a high temperature and probably this influenced the results.  Only the strongest wins in sport and I sincerely congratulate Colette with her gold medal.

Colette: I think I performed very well today. There were some difficulties during the race, but the support of our delegation helped me to win.  This is my first time when I participate in competitions here in Khanty-Mansiysk and I feel marvelous.

Enzo: While preparing for the race I thought I would be a winner, but as it turned out I got the bronze medal.  Anyway I’m satisfied with such a result.

Chris: This victory wasn’t easy for me because the lag to the next athlete was not big at all. Today I noticed one interesting thing: the more I’m here in Khanty-Mansiysk, the better results I show.  In spite of the complexity of the track I really liked it because it doesn’t give you a chance to relax.

The first days of the competition the weather was quite cold and the snow was hard. However, yesterday and today it got much warmer and the quality of the track probably changed. What weather is better for a successful race?

Liudmila: Yes, the weather is not predictable and it causes some difficulties for the athletes. In my opinion it’s easier to run on the hard snow. The track directly depends on the weather conditions, that’s why our servicemen have to care about the suitable waxing for the skis. I would like to say thanks to my coach Alexander Popov for his care. What about the race today, I felt very comfortable on the track, except the difficult turns.

Colette: In our kind of sport it’s always important to be ready for all possible weather conditions. The main thing is to prepare skis in a right way. This was the key for my today’s victory.

Enzo: I prefer the hard snow and cold temperature, but today it’s was warm and the snow was soft, so I had some difficulties.

Chris: I got used to cold weather, but the paradox is that in Khanty-Mansiysk I show better results on the wet snow. I had the possibilities to train myself in suchlike weather conditions and probably this served me as an advantage.

Tomorrow, April 6, is a day off. What are you going to do?

Liudmila: After yesterday’s victory we went to the excursion. We saw the mammoths; we were in the Park named after B. Losev. Unfortunately I don’t feel very good now and I think I will spend my day off under the blanket.

Colett: After the competitions I managed to relax a little bit and to ski.  I also managed to communicate with the representatives of the other national teams. Tomorrow I’m going to get ready for the next races.

Enzo: Yesterday I went shopping, got acquainted with the city, and visited the square with the mammoths with a great pleasure.  Today I will go shopping again.

You have already seen Khanty-Mansiysk. How comfortable is the city for you?

Liudmila: As snow is melting it’s rather difficult to move, but I was very impressed with the city in general. I liked the Park named after B. Losev and the bronze sculptures near the Ice Palace.

Enzo: For such a short period of time, which I spent relaxing, I managed to visit the Church and the Man and Nature Museum and I liked them very much. The book of autographs attracted my attention. It was nice to see that there are lots of entries left by the foreign guests, especially by biathletes.

Did the great number of the 180 degree turns make the race more difficult?

Chris: Turns are very important in a race. Today I understood that there can be a lot of them and that’s why I will pay even more attention to the races and choose the skis more carefully.

Colett: When you enter a sharp turn it’s very important to control the speed and the skis in order not to get off the track. It’s extremely difficult to enter the turn when you go down the slopes.

Liudmila: These turns don’t allow you to speed up and as a result you loose the seconds of precious time. It’s better to work on such turns before the race, during the trainings in order to be ready for them.

Enzo: It’s obvious that the less turns the better you perform. It’s perfect when a slope is right after a turn. The tracks here are well thought-out which allows athletes of all the categories to feel comfortable.

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1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1
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