Pokljuka, December 13th 2012 – After weeks of preparation Pokljuka is ready for the first competition day of E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon. The third stop of the highest level of 2012/2013 season will be opened by the shortest men competition.
Frenchman Martin Fourcade is leading the overall World Cup standings after competitions in Sweden and Austria. Fourcade wants to finish as high as possible in Slovenia too: »I hope I can finish on the podium again. But I will not talk about the rankings, since this also depends on other competitors. I want to show my best and then we will see, when this can take me.«
The leader of the sprint rankings is German Andreas Birnbacher, who is second overall: »I hope to continue like I performed in Hochfilzen. I guess it will be hard, because I missed a lot of training in September and October. That is the reason I'm afraid this will start showing now, since this is the third stop of the World Cup in a row.«
Pokljuka is always successful for Norwegian biathletes, who have a lot of fans on the sunny side of Alps. Emil Hegle Svendsen likes Pokljuka for different reasons: »this is one of my favourite venues, since I won my first World Cup race here. Even though I didn't achieve a lot yet this season, I know what I'm capable of and I think it is only a matter of time, when I will be on the podium again. I have to work on my shooting and I expect my form to increase after Christmas. That's why I don't expect the best results here.«
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is the oldest competitor in Pokljuka and he is also more than happy when competing in Slovenia: “I really like the accommodation in Bled. The tracks are great, but this can always be said for Pokljuka. Norwegian girls already showed good results this season, and I hope guys will join them soon.”
Sprint competition will begin at 14:20, the last of 103 competitors will start at 15:11.