Wojciech Janik is a Polish biathlete. The 18-year-old was born in Wałbrzych and has competed on the Junior World Cup, at the Junior European Championships and also at the Youth World Championships. His best result to date is a 7th place in Otepaa, Estonia in the Youth Individual race from last season’s World Championships. His older brother Mateusz is also a biathlete and they are now the first brothers to have both done a Biathlon23 Interview! 🙂
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Why did you become a biathlete?
I think that the adventure with biathlon began mainly from the big sporting traditions that my family has.
You finished 7th in the Individual at the Youth World Championships. Can you tell me about the race? How did you feel at the end?
It was an amazing race for me, at the last shooting I missed the first shot which buried my dreams for a medal, but I came to the World Championships with the intention to enter the Top 10. At the finish when I saw the results I could not believe that so many were missing the medals, I gave everything on the track but it was not enough. I know that I still have to train a lot and return to the World Cup next year even stronger.
You competed on the Junior World Cup last season. Was it a good experience for you?
It was a very big and good experience for me because it was my debut in the international arena.
Your brother Mateusz is also a biathlete. Do you train together? Does he give you any advice?
We always train together when we’re at home between national assemblies. When I was little, Mateusz was my idol and I wanted to do everything that he did and thanks to him I became a biathlete. Mateusz so far has given me tips that I try to use in every situation.
How do you balance training and competing with your education and social life? Are there things you would like to do but can’t because of training?
I am a person who puts 100% into sports and nothing else matters to me. My family and friends understand it and support me in it.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My strong point is definitely to endure a high training load. When it is really hard to train, I start to enjoy it and give it more. My weakness is the pressure which I sometimes do not handle as well as I could and I know I still have to work a lot on that.
What are your goals for this season?
My goal for this season, of course, is to compete for Youth World Championships medals, but my main goal is to get to the Olympic Games in 2022 in Beijing.
Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?
It is Ondrej Moravec. I am impressed with his running technique, his character as an athlete and of course his results.
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, Strong, Hopeful
Quick fire Questions:
Favourite biathlon nation (not your own): Norway
Favourite rifle design (any biathlete): Marketa Davidova
Favourite ski suit design (from any nation): Czech Republic
Favourite shooting range: Nové Město na Moravě
Lucky bib number: 23
Funniest biathlete on the World/IBU/Junior Cup: Kuba štvrtecký
Best thing about being a biathlete: Satisfaction with sports results.
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