Interview: Jay in peak form
Olympic 10km biathlon champion Vincent Jay has exclusively told Eurosport that he is in the condition of his life ahead of the new season.
"I managed to do more than last year. I spent more hours in training, and those hours were more intense and improved. For progress, there is no miracle: you must work, and always work. With what I did in the off season, there's no reason why it should go wrong this winter. I managed to find the motivation to start training."
Shooting the main strength
"The World Cup season has been good. I finished in 11th place, and that is a great progression. This season, the aim will be to regularly finish in the top 10, with top-five finishes and podiums the target. One of the positive points of last season was to have found such consistency with my shooting. I posted a superb average with the rifle, and I'm happy because we know that shooting is permanently a challenge. Every day is different. Each shot is different. But I remain cautious because it can so quickly go awry. In skiing, I have many things to work on, but I can clearly rely on my shooting."
"The Vancouver Games changed my life. The 25 minutes of the sprint changed my life. With the medals I won in Vancouver, I effectively went from being an outsider, to being a real contender. This obviously allows me to be trusted as a consistent performer. I want to have fun in what I do, and there is no reason why I shouldn't. My girlfriend is with me (Marie-Laure Brunet) and competes in the biathlon too: we have a great life together."
"In late September, I signed a new contract to be an ambassador with Menuires until 2014. This is something very important to me, to be supported by an entire region. This is close to my heart because my grandfather founded the ski resort of Les Menuires. I am proud that everyone there supports me."