A month after the start of the biathlon season, Emilien Jacquelin made a first observation of his performance, for Nordic Magazine. The Dauphinois, very disappointing in the exercise of the relay, said he was divided.
The Christmas holidays are an opportunity for biathletes to take a break, almost a month after the start of the season. Thus, the time has come for the first assessment. For Nordic Magazine, Emilien Jacquelin returned to the first weeks of competition in Kontiolahti (Finland) then Hochfilzen (Austria). “I find myself more and more natural with my qualities and my faults. I run in my own way, he says, aware of his qualities. This year, I have the means to really play ahead in all races. It took me a little while to digest this change of status last year. “
The Frenchman is sixth in the general classification and has twice finished on the second step of the podium. Both times on the pursuit of Hochfilzen. However, if he feels capable of competing with the best biathletes, the Dauphinois has too much of a tendency to scuttle himself on the relays.
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The positive in individual, the nightmare in relay
In this exercise, the person concerned has also twice lead the France team in as many races. A nightmare event which prompted him to “wish the team that the next stint be without me”. The problem is mental, and Jacquelin hopes to remedy this quickly. “To win, as I often say, you have to accept that you can lose. On the relays, I don’t want to do a bad performance for the team so much that I do a bad one. It’s up to me to change my mind by not being to be insured for the team but to be myself, by taking risks. It’s more mental than technical because three quarters of the job is done. “
Emilien Jacquelin will try to redeem himself from January 4 in Oberhof (Germany) where mixed relay and men’s relay will be on the program of the France team.