Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, 28, won the bronze medal in the pursuit at the World Biathlon Championships in Pokljuka (Slovenia), this Sunday. But the French, already a silver medalist the day before in the sprint, still wants more.
Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, you played for victory until the end in the pursuit. How does it feel to finish with bronze?
I’m happy, that’s a second medal. I confess that I follow it from the podium. Before, there was a bit of frustration anyway… But actually no. It’s very good, two medals, it’s great. I played for the gold medal the whole race and I missed him a bit physically. I think it’s also a bit due to Saturday (she finished 2nd in the sprint, editor’s note). Physically, it’s okay, but I couldn’t do the “recuperation” that I wanted, I was in great demand. I had the doping control a bit long. This is the flip side of the coin and I’m not going to spit on it, far from it. Today I was a little worse on skis. But I played in front all along, I managed to play in front all along and that I will hold back.
We saw a little more emotions than after the sprint …
I think I’m still in machine mode, and tonight (Sunday) in my opinion… I’m going to come down a bit abruptly. But I don’t really realize it yet. And yesterday I was already focused on the race of the day. But opportunities to come second in a sprint, not so far from the title, maybe that will only happen once in my career. Never mind. That’s why I’m a little frustrated here but, in real life, it’s okay (laughs).
Was there tension today?
No, not more than that, I was much more tense on Saturday. Today, anyway, I was out of the question for me to look at what’s going on behind it. I did not know the differences. I was focused on the front, on doing my job. And there wasn’t a lot of tension.
Your trainer had promised to run a marathon around Lake Bled if a French biathlete gleaned a second individual medal. He will have to run because of you …
Ah yes that’s true, I forgot! Tomorrow (Monday), six kilometers around, so seven laps of the lake … I’m going to make a ravito. I’ll sit on a bench in the sun and wait for it to pass! (laughs)
There is still a second week of competition, with what ambition?
We are already running the individual 15km on Tuesday, so Monday will be a rest day for me. Clearly, I need to rest, to rest my head and body a bit. And then afterwards, I’m not going to stop there, anyway… No, but I’m already going to digest these two medals, because it was far from being won, thinking about it. And then I’m on a good dynamic and that’s cool.