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VANCOUVER 2010 OLEEINARBJ√ėRNDALEN What are you most looking forward to about the Vancouver Games? The excitement! When I think of the amount of work that, over the past four years, I have put into preparations in the hope that I reach my peak form from February 14th, it really is quite exciting but also daunting. What part of your training is the most important - mental preparations, physical training or the technical elements at the shooting range? It's a question of being the complete all- round performer. The physical is important to reach top level. I have worked very hard on the shooting range during the summer, now it's a question of hitting the targets in the right shooting time when the Games start. Are there differences in your preparations compared with Turin? The time span between Europe and western Canada is a factor but the courses are much like the ones in Turin. I expect a much higher speed in the Vancouver courses and the entrance to the shooting range could be more demanding. What is your best memory of the Turin Games? Hitting ten perfect shots in the relay and returning home with two silver and one bronze medal. What are your shooting times now compared with your first Games at Lillehammer in 1994? Halved or even below that. The standing shooting at Lillehammer took me around 50 seconds. Now I take just 16 or 17 seconds. How has biathlon changed over your career? The development since Lillehammer has been insane. We are competing in a totally different sport today. The skiing times are much faster, the results are tighter and I have been a part of this development - I am a far better performer now than I was in 1994. You have checked out the course in Vancouver. What are your thoughts? In Vancouver we are competing at lower levels than in Turin so I expect lots of low- pressure weather. It may well be the most exciting biathlon competition ever. The courses are demanding all the way around and there are no parts to rest before we reach the shooting range." Finally, what are your goals in Vancouver? Two medals! One in relay and one individual. BIATHLON NORWAY'S OLE EINAR BJ√ėRNDALENIS HOPING TO ADD TO HIS REMARKABLE NINE OLYMPIC MEDALS AT THE AGE OF 36 IN THE MEN'S BIATHLON - ONE OF THE MOST PHYSICALLY DEMANDING EVENTS AT THE GAMES TATJANA HUEFNER Are you approaching this season any differently? Not really. My training programme has remained broadly the same although it is obviously an Olympic year. What are your goals for the Olympic Games? My goal is to build on the successes of the past few years. Naturally I want to finish on the podium at the Olympic Games. In which areas can you improve your performance? I still have room to improve in almost all areas of the sport. Above all I would like to improve my start and also work with my mechanic on my technical specifications. LUGE GERMANY'S TATJANA HUEFNERTOOK BRONZE IN THE LUGE IN TURIN AND IS HOPING TO FEATURE AMONG THE MEDALS AGAIN IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER 2010 44OLYMPIC REVIEW BRITT JANYK Have you had a chance to ski on the 2010 courses in Whistler? With alpine skiing, the course is not set. Every race is different on every hill. So the course will be set up for the Games, and prior to that there'll be no training on the race hill. But, of course, I grew up skiing at Whistler, came out of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, and the women's track will run down all the runs that I grew up skiing on. How are you preparing for the 2010 Games? The intensity's definitely a little bit different with it being an Olympic year but we've been doing a lot of the same things that we do every season, fitness training and on- snow training camps. I definitely feel connected to my training compared to other years. Yours is definitely a skiing family, isn't it? My mum raced with the National Ski Team. My maternal grandfather was a skier, raced, and actually coached the University of British Columbia ski team. What do you think your first Olympic Games experience will be like? I think we'll get there as a family and just enjoy the moment, and be proud and be happy that my brother and I can compete together and have our parents right there. At the same time, my focus is to win a medal. It would just be absolutely incredible to have my best run on that day and win gold. ALPINE SKIING 29- YEAR- OLD BRITT JANYKWILL BE RACING FOR GOLD ON THE WOMEN'S DOWNHILL COURSE, WHICH FINISHES JUST A FEW HUNDRED METRES FROM HER PARENTS' HOME IN WHISTLER ANETTENORBERG When did you start preparing for the Vancouver Games? We started to prepare as early as May 2006 - just three months after winning gold in Turin when we decided to go for another Olympic gold. But after the World Championships last spring we continued to train until the end of May and we started again in the beginning of August. That meant we had just two months off over the summer instead of the usual four months. Do you use the same methods of practice as you did for 2006 or are there any changes? Pretty much the same but we are always trying to improve everything also the way we practice. Since 2006, Canada has won the World Championship gold twice, however, China won last year. Was the Chinese success a surprise for you? Not really, we have seen the Asians' perfect techniques for a while now and you knew that once they had fully mastered the tactics of the sport they would be very difficult opponents. Besides Canada and China, which other teams do you fear for the Olympic medals? Switzerland, Great Britain and Denmark. CURLING IN THE FINAL OF THE WOMEN'S CURLING IN TURIN, SWEDISH SKIP ANETTE NORBERGMEMORABLY WON THE GOLD MEDAL FOR HER COUNTRY WITH THE VERY FINAL SHOT: A PERFECT DOUBLE TAKE- OUT OF TWO SWISS STONES. SHE WILL LEAD HER COUNTRY'S DEFENCE OF THEIR OLYMPIC TITLE IN VANCOUVER Interviews: Tanja Flade, Tom Pountney, Hakan Sundstrom, Thore- Erik Thoresen, Fred Varcoe, Kate Zimmerman