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Comments for the Tour de Ski podium finishers

Tour de Ski

Mon, Jan  5, 2009 - By FIS

Comments from the mens and ladies podium


”I am very happy with this 3rd place, my goal was to finish the climb and I am alive after today’s race! I did not feel anything, I just tried to survive. I cached Saarinen in the up hill, I felt strong and I tried to attack but then I had a little hollow and could not hand on to her. Today my skating was really good and that is a surprise for me. For me it was not such a big surprise that I finished 1st in the Sprint Tour, I have won three sprint in the World Cup and I have improved my skating this year. I am satisfied with the start of this season, the World Champions is coming but I will not focus on that yet. Tonight I will just relax and do not think anymore of the Tour de Ski.”


“My goal was to do my own skiing and try to ski as relaxed as possible. At the moment I feel a little bit disappointed, I tried to beat Virpi but she was to strong and I am happy with my position it is the best ever for me in the Tour de Ski.


“The plan was to not give away any seconds before the up hill. I was a little bit unsure about my back, and I tried to skate as well as I can. When I saw that Saarinen and Majdic I new that they would catch me, and in the end I saw that Saarinen was a little bit tired and I new that it was the moment for me to attack for the victory. It is more feelings for me this year than it has been the previous years; I had to fight more to take this victory. I will now have one week off from training because of my leg, then I will ski the nationals and then the next goal is of course the World Championships”


”I felt very good today, I had a tough day yesterday. I could control the race from the 1st position. There were a lot of people from my hometown in Switzerland who cheered me up the hill. This has been a fantastic week and I am very happy. I will enjoy this evening with the whole team; we will have a small party. The team has worked very hard this week. Now it is important for me to take a break and recover. I will not go to Vancouver. The main goal for me so far in my athlete career will be the Olympics next year; I will fight for an Olympic medal”


“I started 4 s behind Rotchev and I tried to get in contact with him. Up the hill Rotchev was very strong so I followed him. I did not expect a 2nd place this morning, it was a tough race and I am happy that I finished as 2nd. It was good for me that I won the sprint in Nove Mesto to get 60 bonus seconds. I think I and Cologna will fight many times from now on. If I will change anything in the Tour that would be some more sprint races”


“This has been a fantastic Tour de Ski, the best so far, great atmosphere, great audience and great races. I tried to go ahead so the others behind would not catch me. I had a great Tour de Ski start in Oberhof, and I am very satisfied with the result of the Tour. Tonight I will have a nice evening with the rest of the team here in Val di Fiemme. Then I will try to recover well at home and prepare for the next highlight the World Championships”


“My main goal this year was to win the sprint. I was sick this morning and my only goal was to climb up Alpe Cermis and finish the race so I would get the Tour Sprint. I will now recover and get healthy for the next World Cup and for the World Championships”


“If Petter Northug who is a skating specialist end up 2nd in the Tour de Ski I think it is a good balance between skate and classic races. I hope we will have more nations on the Tour in the future. I am happy that we have improved the pictures going out on broadcast. There will always be different wishes from coaches and athletes regarding the Tour, and we will now summary and discuss these but I do not think that there will be any bigger changes in the Tour de Ski”