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Anton Shipulin: “Olympic Games made me stronger”

Biathlete of the Russian team Anton Shipulin commented on his performance in the relay at the Olympic Games in Sochi:

«It was very difficult to shoot the last time, but I tried to concentrate on my work. The coaches taught me so. I have talked to Valery Nikolaevich Polkhovsky a lot. He advised me to keep working and stop thinking of my misfortunes. I am glad I could close the target with the last shot — this allowed us to win.

I felt very well today, my skis worked perfectly. I knew that I was stronger at the finish that Simon Schempp of Germany. I was afraid of Austria's Dominik Landertinger. He is a more serious competitor. May be even more serious than Emil Hegle Svendsen. At the last lap I checked if Dominik was approaching us. When I saw that he was not close, I started to think how to make everything at the finish.

I am completely different athlete now, if you compare it to Vancouver. I think the Olympic Games made me stronger. It gives you self confidence. I felt a huge tension. The entire country was watching me. I fought against myself and did it well!»  

RBU Media Office