David? He looks very good on the shooting range, says the Norwegian coach. He sees progress in Puskarčíková – Nach Welt

The Norwegian coach did not want to draw bigger conclusions from the preparatory races in Sjusjön, Norway, before which the Czechs only skied for a week and a half. Davidová finished sixth in the sprint and eighth in the race with a mass start in the Norwegian, French and Ukrainian competition. “She was practically always in front in a mass start. We know that it is at a very high level. She looks very good on the shooting range at the moment. She can be calm before the start of the season.

Under his leadership, Lucie Charvátová also won medals at the 2020 Sprint World Championships and Eva Puskarčíková, who took part in the bronze mixed relay with David last year. Last season, however, Puskarčíková also suffered from health problems in training and did not have a permanent place in the elite team. She won it in Norway. “Eva did a lot of good work in preparation this year. It looks good. It will be interesting to see her progress in the World Cup, ”said Gjelland.

In addition to Davidová, Charvátová and Puskarčíková, Jessica Jislová and Tereza Vinklárková are also starting the World Cup season. One test race was enough for Jislová to be nominated, the other she missed for health reasons. “She had a light cold. We had to see them in the race, and Saturday’s sprint hit us. It didn’t make sense for it to start on Sunday. If your throat is sore and your cavities are clogged, better, “It can only get worse and struggle with it longer. It’s important to be okay before the start of the season, ”said the coach.

Photo: Vlastimil Vacek, Právo

Train biathlonist Egil Gjelland.Photo: Vlastimil Vacek, To the right

In addition to 22-year-old Vinklárková, who finished 15th in the mass start, he was also happy about the performance of Tereza Voborníková, who was a year younger. “We have to find out that she is still a junior. If you compare her with the juniors who competed in Sjusjön, she was right at the front, ”he said of the competitor, whose 25th place in the mass start was the best among the juniors.

In addition to individual success, it will be important how the biathletes fare as a team. At the end of last season they were in 11th place in the Olympic rankings, the goal is to move up to tenth place and secure five places in the Olympic Games. “This is very important. All girls must be ready to contribute to this goal. At the same time we have to try to improve our position in the Nations Cup, ”said Gjelland.

The Olympic qualification ends in mid-January. The Czech biathletes lose 81 points to the tenth Swiss. The eleventh were also in the Nations Cup at the end of last season, which will start the new year from the beginning.



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