Miriam Gössner captured her debut world cup win by excellent skiing. 22-year old German did not mind heavy raining and soft track when she outran Gabriela Soukalova today at E.ON IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. Despite poor performance at shooting range where she missed five targets, she managed to ski past Soukalova in the last loop. »I like bad conditions. I was happy to see in the morning that it rains. I always did well in this type of weather conditions. Maybe it sounds odd, but I simply like competing in rain. The results of German team prove that we also had very good skis today. I took advantage of this and I am happy to win the race despite the penalties.«
Gabriela Soukalova finished the race shot clean for the second time in a row. 23-year old biathlete from Czech Republic proved once again that she is really skiing on a fast lane this season. »I woke up this morning feeling very tired. I did not expect to finish the race in top five. I know that Miriam is an excellent skier and that it would be very hard to keep the first spot. I am very happy with the second place.« Her second podium in two days moves her up in the overall World Cup score. She is trailing Tora Berger by 71 points. Norwegian is still struggling on Pokljuka trails as she finished the race in the 9th place +1.18 behind.
With one penalty only Marie Habert Dorin of France crossed the finish line in third. This is her first podium in two years. »Today's result comes as a big relief for the French team. This is our first podium this winter. I managed to advance from the 5th place in sprint to the third in pursuit despite bad conditions. We trained very hard and today's achievement is the result of our hard work. We improved our shooting and we hope to see more results like this in the future.«