InterviewsNewsBiathlon Skier Lars Berger Regrets Snail Pace In Cross Country World Cup Race

FasterSkier FasterSkierDecember 23, 2004

Biathlon skier Lars Berger (25) regrets that he wasn’t involved in setting the pace in last weekend’s 30-kilometer World Cup race in Ramsau, Austria reports Norwegian newspaper VG. He felt that the race was skied in a snail pace:

– I was surprised how easy we were skiing. The pace was never really fast. I therefore regret that I didn’t position myself better in order to have a chance at influencing the outcome of the race. Maybe I should have taken the lead and pulled for a while, says Berger.

The respect for the World’s best skiers was among the reasons that Berger had decided to not go to the front.

Stressed

– I wanted to wait and see. Get a feel for the pace and the competitors. I ended up skiing a little bit behind the leaders – around 20th place. It was very stressful to find the right position. We were constantly stepping on each other’s skis, says Berger.

He ended up as the best Norwegian in 12th place – despite falling twice.
He is now preparing for biathlon World Cup races in Oberhof, Rupholding and Anterselva in January, but also hopes to ski the Norwegian regular Nationals in January.

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