Today, on March’14, charter flights from Oslo, Norway with biathletes on board are coming to Khanty-Mansiysk. The team of Russia arrived with the first plane.
Athletes and coaches were greeted with folk songs and traditional Ugra food. Despite of the long flight almost all the team leaders have agreed to answer the questions of the journalists.
As Alexey Volkov has said, all conclusions after an unsuccessful performance on World Championships will be made later.
— We need to analyze our performance in Norway thoroughly and not to do these mistakes again. And now I am just happy to be back home and to compete on Ugra land supported by local fans. Do I feel strong now? Of cause, the most important thing is to sort out all thoughts, — said Alexey.
Evgeny Garanichev has confessed that it is always a pleasure for him to compete in Russia.
— Of cause, it is much easier at home. You feel the support of the audience, and you want to pay them back with good results, — said Evgeny.
— I want to perform as good as possible in Khanty-Mansiysk. I like to compete here, so I hope, the races will be successful for me – supposed Ekaterina Shumilova.
Anton Babikov has prepared for his visit to Ugra.
— I looked for the weather broadcast and it says that it will be cold and with fresh snow. Of cause, the stadium here is very good, all conditions for athletes are perfect, there nothing to worry about.
Darya Virolaynen said that she is not making any plans for this World Cup at the moment.
— Now after the flight it is difficult to comment on functional conditions. Besides, the World Championships have just ended, and it was not easy for our team. The most important thing in Khanty-Mansiysk is to feel good on the track and to do your best to win in every race, – shared her opinion Darya.
Anton Shipulin has said that he will be missing World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. It is to be reminded that starting from next season Russian World Cup will be held in Tyumen.
— A stadium in Khanty-Mansiysk is one of the first modern biathlon complexes in Russia. I will be missing Ugra very much. Of cause my main wish is to have two World Cups in Russia – in Tyumen and in Khanty-Mansiysk – concluded Anton.