Student World Champion!
Two weeks ago, I could celebrate the biggest success of my career. At the World University Champs in Switzerland, I won the gold medal in the Sprint Relay together with my teammates Deborah Stadler, Timo Suter and Eline Gemperle! Ahead of the event, we were already considered medal candidates, but we were able to deal with the pressure, showed four clean runs and left all the teams behind us, including the very strong Swedish team. To be able to celebrate this moment in front of our home crowd, with friends and family, made the day perfect.
I am also very happy with my performance in the individual Sprint race. On a physical course through the streets of Biel and not my best legs, I would not have expected an 8th place. The two forest races went less to my liking. In the Long distance, I accumulated too many small time losses and was therefore quite disappointed at the finish, although the 12th place didn't look so bad on paper. Unfortunately, I didn't run well in the relay either, messed up a golden starting position from my teammates and only finished sixth.
Considering that this competition week took place in the middle of my exams, I can be satisfied for sure. The preparation was certainly not perfect.
Now the season is coming to an end, and I am looking forward to the last selection races this weekend. Of course, I will try everything to qualify for the last World Cup round of the year, which will take place in Davos and will definitely be a highlight.
Tino Polsini, 5 September 2022