Martin Fourcade, biathlon supremo ready to strike gold
Having taken silver in the mass start in Vancouver, the world’s number one biathlete, Martin Fourcade of France is aiming to win the first Olympic gold medal of his career at Sochi 2014.
Fourcade will be hoping to fare even better at Sochi, where he notched World Cup wins in the 20km individual and 10km sprint at the Olympic test event in March 2013. “I like the venue,” he said afterwards. “It’s a tough course and the countryside is wonderful.”
Fourcade will use this season’s World Cup events to prepare for his Olympic assault. Discussing his goals in the build-up to Sochi, he said: “Winning races will help me build my confidence and mark out my territory.”
The Pyrenees-born biathlete will be competing in every event available to him in Russia: “I’ve got six chances and I’m going to give each event my very best shot, taking them one by one,” he says “It’s not a case of wanting to win one event more than another. I’ll just take them as they come. I need to go there and do what a man’s got to do before trying to end on a high note in the relay.” He has always relished the relay, and his enjoyment will be further heightened by the fact that he will be competing alongside his brother Simon. Reflecting on his team’s chances, Fourcade said: “We’ve all known each other since we were 10 and the team has a lot of history behind it, which could give us an edge over the other nations. We have to go and take that final step. We’ve never managed to do it at the Games before, but we’ve got the ability this time.”
The winner of five world titles and 24 World Cup races since 2011, Fourcade is now aiming to grab the one prize that has so far eluded him: “I competed in the Olympic Games four years ago and it’s better to know what to expect. It will help me prepare better for the occasion and to handle it better when I’m there.”
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