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Biathlon Samuelsson Aims to Sharpen Shooting Ahead of BWO 2022

INTERNATIONAL: Swedish biathlete Sebastian Samuelsson has showed nerves of steel at the Pyeongchang Olympics to win gold in relay and silver in the men's pursuit and is hoping to rediscover his best shooting form in time for the Beijing Games after a tough couple of seasons.

The outspoken 24-year-old went through something of a slump after his 2018 triumphs but bounced back to take two silver and two bronze medals at the 2021 World Championships, rekindling his Olympic dreams.

"I took two medals in the last Olympics and after that I think I struggled a little bit in the first two years with my performances," Sebastian Samuelsson has recalled.

"It was good, but it was not the great results that I hoped for. I have struggled with that and I think it also comes with a lot of pressure on myself, “he has said matter of fact.

"I feel now, four years later, maybe I've grown into this costume a little bit better and this season so far has worked very good for me so I'm hoping to fight for the medals again," he hopefully said.

Nowhere is the pressure more apparent in biathlon than when shooting, as athletes try to slow their pulse and breathing so they can hit the tiny targets 50 metres away.

The biathlete says ; "For us, it's very important to change between skiing and shooting because skiing is so much adrenaline and you have to push a lot and you stress yourself, 'faster, faster,' the whole time, but when you get into the shooting range, suddenly you need to be calm and do things methodically.”

Samuelsson and his team mates swish across the packed snow, gliding in and lying in a prone position before rattling off their five shots and skiing off again for another lap.

On the practice range with the rest of the team, there are no signs of any nerves or pressure from the smiling Samuelsson as the team make their final preparations.

PHOTO: SWEDISH BIATHLETES SKIING AND SHOOTING, SWEDISH BIATHLETE SEBASTIAN SAMUELSSON TALKING ABOUT HIS FORM, ABOUT BIATHLON TECHNIQUES, UPCOMING OLYMPICS, SWEDEN SHOOTING COACH, JEAN-MARC CHABLOZ, TALKING ABOUT TECHNIQUE, STILL PICTURES OF SAMUELSSON AT THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 OLYMPICS


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