Wolfgang Pichler have led the Swedish biathlon by several storhetstider and has taken a criticised the national team back to the top.
But even the coach seems surprised by the great interest from newspapers, radio and tv during the biathlon world CUP in Östersund, sweden.
"It is impressive to see so many people here," says Pichler when he looks out from a presskonferenspodium at the world CUP arena.
– this is probably the largest attendance it has been for the Swedish team ever.
for a couple of years with zero earnings disappeared headings around he glorified the nazi. But after the OLYMPICS last year, where Sweden took two gold and two silver, the situation is different.
– this is a little strange, " says the OLYMPIC runner-up in the relay, Mona Brorsson, when the squad is interviewed during a hectic running-band-schedule.
" We got a small taste of the OS, but then slipped mostly on a banana skin. This is something out of the ordinary.
According to the world CUP-the organization follows around 65 Swedish journalists – in the form of writing reporters, commentators and photographers – the world CUP in Östersund, sweden.
" Yes." We have a mental coach with us here (Göran Kenttä) and he was also with us, a turn in the förlägret in Idre, " says Brorsson.
– So we have been able to discuss it here. There is much to prepare, how to feel, what you want to say and what objectives you have. Myself, I feel much more prepared than in previous years.
in Östersund, sweden in Friday's sprint.
After two european CHAMPIONSHIPS-gold (mixedstafett and sprint) in February, and a new personal best as fifth in the world cup earlier in the winter, is the 28-year-old ready for the world CUP.
" It means a lot for the confidence to come here and know that I have a high top level. Then I dare to have some dreams.
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