A Different View of…Tora Berger Video
|08.02.2013, Nove Mesto na Morave / IBU Info JK|
|Strong Competition in Women’s Sprint|
|Most people see Norway’s Tora Berger as an intense woman, skiing with her head down, hitting targets with ease and always focused on one thing: winning. However, once Berger leaves the venue, she is a quite different person.
Of course, she is a well trained, focused athlete, but she has other interests beyond biathlon, laughs easily and enjoys time with her teammates. Berger is a fan of the outdoors, listing fishing and hunting among her hobbies. Although hunting is her personal favorite, she emphasizes that when fishing with her husband, “I always catch the biggest fish…and he knows that!”
She recently built a cabin in the mountains in Norway, which is her favorite retreat. “In the summer, you can drive there. But in the winter, it is ski-in only. We went there over Christmas and of course took everything we needed in our backpacks. It was very peaceful.”
Like all biathletes, Berger and her Norwegian teammates spend a lot of time away from home in hotels. In the evenings, Berger can be found transforming wool into beautiful Norwegian designs. While knitting, she chats with her teammates, most of whom are 8-10 years younger. “I like being with them. They are a lot of fun…and I try to pass on some of what I have learned in biathlon.”
Dominant in Mixed Relay
Berger will go after another Gold medal here in Nove Mesto na Morave tomorrow in the women’s 7.5K sprint, which starts at 16:15 CET. She won her first Gold medal last night in the mixed relay, where she ran the leadoff leg. Berger dominated that first leg with 10-for-10 shooting, while leaving the elite field of women well behind by the time she tagged teammate Synnøve Solemdal.
Strong Field in Sprint
Although Berger looked unbeatable in the mixed relay, winning the sprint will be no walk in the park. Her biggest challenges will likely come from Belarusian Darya Domracheva who was the Silver medalist last year, Germany’s Miriam Gössner and Andrea Henkel, Russia’s Olga Zaitseva, Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina or Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic. As always, perfect or near perfect shooting will be critical, as even the fastest of this group cannot outski the negative effect of three or more tours of the penalty loop. Of course as always, there could be one athlete who surprises the field and snatches a medal.
The next two days of sprints and pursuits for men and women should be some of the most fascinating and hard fought of the entire season.
Biathlonworld.com sat down with recently and came away with “A Different View of…Tora Berger.”