SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Seven times Olympic champion, legendary biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway said in an interview with Ekho Planety magazine that he would remember the Sochi Olympics by excellent organization, a splendid Olympic village and an astonishing atmosphere at stadiums.
All the Olympic facilities are located at a convenient distance; the athletes do not have to walk much, Bjørndalen said. He particularly praised an astonishing atmosphere at the Olympic stadiums. Many sports fans from Norway have arrived in Sochi; but many Russian sports fans gave him their support a well. The Russian biathlon lovers asked him for his autographs more often than fans from other countries did, Bjørndalen said. He expressed his gratitude to the Russian sports fans for their support.
His victory in Sochi, which was the realization of his dream, was also a poof to the skeptics that they were wrong, the 40-year-old biathlete said. Before the Olympics he was often tormented by a question why should he go to the Olympics in such an advanced age for a biathlete. His answer was that it was the condition of a biathlete, rather than his age, that mattered. He had been training for the Olympics according to full program, and has proved to all that he had some weight as a biathlete yet, Bjørndalen said.
Bjørndalen did not rule out that the Sochi Olympics might be the last in his sports career. By the 2018 Olympics he will be 44, and it was unlikely that he could defeat younger biathletes at this age, Bjørndalen said. The celebrated sportsman said he would end his sports career as soon as he realized that he could no longer show good results or vie for a place in the national team.