Two days after winning the Big Gloves in the general classification of the Biathlon World Cup, one month after returning from the Beijing Olympics, with five Olympic medals (including two titles) in the suitcase, the Quentin Fillon Maillet We thank you on Monday and Tuesday, March 21st. On March 22, media promotion was held at a major hotel in Paris.
Jura’s inhabitants in simple red T-shirts and denim sneakers seem to be almost relieved and relaxed in front of the media, the globe, and the medals collected from the Olympics in front of him. I saw.
Before competing in the French Championship in his land in Jura in Premanon at the beginning of April “Going on holiday in the sun” With his companions, “QFM” came back almost an hour ago on Tuesday. world, Le Figaro, Parisian When West France, About the highlights of the winter 2021-2022. The best season of his career to see him succeed the French symbol of Biathlon, Martin Foolcade.
You have been chasing the title of the best biathlete in the world for a couple of seasons. How do you feel at the peak of your discipline now?
happiness. The race sequence was very intense. In fact, even during the Olympics, I had little benefit. We quickly returned to the World Cup circuit, but we still had to pay attention to Covid. Therefore, emotions remained fairly contained.And as soon as you cross the final finish line in Oslo [lors de la dernière étape de la saison]I touched the big earth, even the small earth [Quentin Fillon Maillet a remporté les classements des spécialités de sprint et de poursuite]The emotions really came out.
Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming the best biathlete in the world. I live my dream. And I hope it lasts for a long time.
What is the turning point of the season when you know that the big earth can no longer escape from you?
I want to say after the tournament. I haven’t got it mathematically yet, but I had a certain lead in the rankings. This is a psychological advantage over your opponents that you may have played at the end of Johannesbo’s season. [meilleur biathlète de l’hiver dernier et triple médaillé olympique à Pékin, le Norvégien a mis fin à sa saison au retour des JO]I took a break after the tournament …
In fact, I couldn’t see myself not winning the big planet. Like the tournament, I didn’t see him going home without a medal. There was no absolute certainty at the time, but things were clear to me. I had to get a crystal glove. I gave myself a means, and that’s what I did.
You have won 10 races this winter, counting two Olympic titles individually and in sprints. Which victory gave you the greatest satisfaction?
I think one of my most successful races is the pursuit of Gran Bornan. [le 18 décembre 2021].. That day I shot 20/20 and had almost complete control over the race, which ultimately brought great stuff.
Then, on a regular podium or on the podium at the end of the season is also very powerful. Because I realize I’m not afraid of my opponents. I have a well-planned strategy and have a psychological advantage over my direct opponents.
I thought a lot of people might repel after the tournament, but I kept very focused on my goals.
This winter you have won everything Biathlete can dream of. What goals do you have for the next season?
Indeed, the big globe and the Olympic gold medal are the Holy Grail of Biathlon. However, there is still the title of World Champion, and there is something that the masses’ small globes and individuals want. Only four points finished second in the mass start world, which is frustrating but motivating for the future.
And I’m not only happy to win, but every year I strive to be a better biathlete. It goes through the technical details, but it’s these little little changes that give me great happiness.
Are you afraid to experience what Alexi Pantello experienced this winter? Being the best skier in the world in 2021, he lost his confidence and spent the season without a win.
I didn’t talk much with Alexis during the tournament. I didn’t want to bother him, but I’ll talk to him. I was very tired and finished the season, but I wasn’t completely tired. Only if you are 100% confident mentally will you resume preparations for next season.
Have you ever wondered during the winter?
full. At the beginning of each race, there are always the following concerns: “Can I do this? »» Shooting can sometimes instill suspicion: “Can I have a good race behind me?» » In most cases it worked very well. But the moments of doubt are far more than extreme self-confidence.
You are now one of the most decorated French athletes in the history of the Olympic Games. Do you understand your new status and aspects of your new media?
Winning the Big Earth is much more difficult than managing all these demands. It doesn’t scare me. I am fully surrounded.When returning from the tournament, the village square [Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux, dans le Jura] It was packed to cheer me on, it was my Champs Elysees. It’s much better if I convey positive emotions.
They also give me more importance than before: I chat with sports and politicians, and the Sports Minister writes me regular text messages to congratulate me. It is a compliment to receive the praise of Martin Foolcade, Jean-Claude Killy, Rafael Poire and even Ole Ainaru Bjordalen. They know the difficulty of finding such a purpose.
Economically, your victory is a great strategy [65 000 euros par médaille d’or, 25 000 pour l’argent, soit 205 000 euros au total].. You will be able to renegotiate your advertising and sponsorship agreements …
You can have a very good life this season. It’s far below some athletes, but it’s already huge for me. Like popularity, money doesn’t motivate me, but it’s a bonus.And my new infamy allows me to “sell” myself well, which will open the door for me [Quentin Fillon Maillet devrait être invité par Amaury Sports sur la huitième étape du Tour de France 2022 entre Dole et Lausanne, le 9 juillet]..
How did you receive the announcement of your retirement from sports?Anais Vescondo When Simon DechuA partner of the French team?
With a little sadness. Anais, I thought it might be a little more than Simon. They are two team members that I often train on the Premanon site. [Jura].. Simon is one of my most loyal rooms and is training my teammates. We spent more time together and shared more moments than our girlfriends. I have a great deal of respect for their careers and the people they are in. But I haven’t finished looking at them.