I am very proud to win the gold medal for Slovenia. I did
not expect at all to become the World Champion. I was hoping
for top 10. Our service team did a great job today and we
had excellent skis. I did not have big problems competing
in high altitude. Before we went to the Junior World Championships
I had been training at Pokljuka. I hope the Slovenian team
will be strong in the relay on Sunday.
It is a big surprise for me I claimed the silver medal. I
did not except a medal as yesterday I did not feel good. I
got a fever and had problems with my stomach as well. I am
better in free technique and I planned to attack in the second
part of the competition.
I am very happy about the bronze medal. I feel I deserved
the medal today. The most important thing for me today was
to stay calm before the start and not to get nervous. I tried
to stay focused and concentrated only on my performance. I
did not think at all about other competitors. I am going to
compete in the relay as well. I hope I will do my best and
deliver a good performance.
Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)
The race was perfect for me. I was in front from the start
and I felt very strong. I realized it would be my day, my
victory. Out of three gold medals the sprint one was the most
difficult to win. Russian skiers are very strong and I hope
we will have a good performance also on Sunday in the relay.
I was preparing the whole year for the World Championships
in Erzurum. Before the championships we were training 17 days
in 2.000 m in Bulgaria. I have been working a lot on my mental
strength. My coaches helped me to ged rid of mistakes I had
been doing before.
It was a difficult competition today with many contacts between
the skiers. I am happy I survived without a collision. I believed
in myself I would be able to give my best. I am very happy
I claimed the silver medal. Sergey (Ustiugov) was pushing
hard and I was following him. I felt better after ski exchange.
Sindre Bjoernestad Skar was following me closely. He was only
three seconds behind. I am glad I won the silver medal.
Bjoernestad Skar (NOR)
Of course I am satisfied with the bronze medal. It was the
tough race. Russians were so strong, they were going hard
all the way. I tried to keep up with them but in the 7th lap
Sergey and Artem were going so fast, I was just standing with
my eyes open. I did not have a chance. I am not used to competing
in such a high altitude. If we were lower I would have gone
much harder. But here I had to be careful. I knew if I get
tired it's over for me. I felt much butter today than during
10 km classic. My skis were perfect. I hope we will fight
for gold in the relay on Sunday. Russians are big favorites
but if we Norwegians. all of us have a great day we can be
there as well. I will try to deliver my best and fight for