The summer is calling! Today we have an interview with the young Spanish woman Victoria Padial Hernández. She is the only one from her country Who starts in the World Cup series. This is not surprising, because the mediterranian country isn't famous from winter sports, but here is a woman who can change this. So get your coctails to your hands, sit back, and enjoy our brand new interview with this beautiful and always smiling talented girl!
BFH: When did you start biathlon, and why did you choose this sport?
Vicky: I live in Granada in the south of Spain hot land near Africa, I
began practice cross country ski when I was 7 years old with my family
and friends in our high local mountains (3.400m). I love skiing but
after years of training I was a little bored so I was thinking about
biathlon because I saw this sports show in tv. I started shooting with a
rifle very late when I was 19 years.
BHF: You achieved your
best results in the last season, and in Sochi you reached your first
world cup point. How do you see your last season?
Vicky: we are
very pleased with the last season because it was our first complet
season in WC and we have achieved our goals and now we have more
motivation to continue to work and improve for the next year.
BFH: Everybody said Sochi is the strongest track ever, but you reached
your best result there. What can you say about this track?
Vicky: I really love the Sochi tracks, in my town Granada we have a lot
of mountain and hard uphill so this type of relief is good for me and my
preparation in Spain! Sochi is different from all other tracks and that
makes it more special and exciting Olympics games for all spectators.
BFH: After this great result what place could be your objective in the next year's Winter Olympic games?
Vicky: Top 30 and achieve my dream of participating in a mass start
BFH: And what's your objective in the World Cup races?
Vicky: Take more point regularly in all types of competitions and
assure a permanent in WC without more wildcard and relax on this issue.
BFH: Your results are better and better year by year. Tell to us
please, how will you prepare yourself for the next World Cup season?
What's Victoria's secret?
Vicky: I am training alone, in spring I´am training in my town
practicing cycling, montain bike, runing and acurace shooting in the
olimpic center where the next 2015 World shooting championships will
take place. In june I begin specifique biathlon training with roller
skis in France where my coach Alex NAPPA live. My only secret is the
passion I put in everything I do.
BFH: Will you have special trainings for the Olympic games? In what races are you planning to start in the pre-season?
Vicky: We never follow the same training plan every year. Like my coach
Alex said me in 2008, if we do the same thinks we stay in place and if
we copy Russian or French training method… in the best case we will be
just behind them. Simply because we don`t have the same budget. We must
develop our own method and you must participate because we are alone. I
trust him and I did not regret.
We are thinking participate in the biathlon summer world championship but surely in the French biathlon summer tour.
BFH: Which place and what kind of competition is your favourite and why?
Vicky: This season I have known new tracks and I love all of them. Each
place have some special details but I prefer sunny place like the first
days in WC Sochi! My favourite competition is the pursuit, I like so
much the fighting spirit but I want to make a mass start I think this
race will be the best format for me!
BFH: What's your best memory from your career so far?
Vicky: I always remember my second place in the International cross
country championships Topolino – Italy when I was 13 years old but this
year I experienced moments very intensive like my first pursuit in a WC
in a great biathlon atmosphere in Oberhof and of course my first wc
point in Sochi!
BFH: Now the season is over, you can relax. How
will you plan to spend your free time? What do you like to do? What
hobbies do you have?
Vicky: Invent, improve and test new
products, currently with Dragonski I am in charge of the development of
Roller skis with flex-control like in cross-country skis ... the famous
FA. The results are excellent, I have been using them from last season,
next week we will introduce to the technicians of French biathlon team.
Also I have developed last off season my own natural cosmetics products
and this summer we start the first production. Soon all information in
my website www.victoriapadial.es
BFH: Thank you the interview, we hope you the best! At last please tell some words specially for the Hungarian fans!
Vicky: Thanks all of you for your great support in all competition with
a great atmosphere I hope see all of you next year in an exciting