Paulína Fialková is a Slovakian biathlete who won three medals at the recent Summer World Championships in Russia. She won silver in the Sprint and Mixed Relay and bronze in the Pursuit. Last season she achieved her personal best result of 5th on the World Cup in Kontiolahti and finished 31st in the Total Score. She was born on the 25th of October 1992 in Brezno and her younger sister Ivona is also a biathlete.
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Why did you become a biathlete?
Because I was too hyperactive as a child and my parents chose biathlon as the right solution.
You got your personal best result of 5th last season in the Kontiolahti Pursuit coming from 37th with clean shooting. What do you remember about that race and what were your emotions at the finish line?
I had quite strong back pain before the race. I took some medicine for the pain and I knew, I will shoot 4×0 today. I was really happy after the race because of pushing my personal limit higher and especially with the clean shooting.
You went to the summer World Championships and won 3 medals. Is it good preparation and did it give you a lot of confidence for this coming season?
I had a hard summer preparation and it was important for me to know how the training was going. I did it not for confidence but for experience. I will never be old enough to gain more experience. Every time I wear my start number I can learn something new.
What other training have you done over the summer? Is there anything specific you have been trying to improve?
I changed a little bit my skiing technique and after shooting analysis also my rifle settings. I hope it will work.
What are your goals for this season on the World Cup?
To be better…I mean more points, hoping for some podiums.
You had some good results at the PyeongChang World Cup. Do you like the tracks and the range there? Have you set any goals for the Olympic Games?
I really liked PyeongChang. There are hard uphills and it satisfies me. The shooting range was windy but after the downhill.
What’s it like to be on the same team as your sister. Do you get on well or fight like all other families!? 😉
No fighting, just supporting 🙂 She does a great job as my sparring partner in the team!
Brezno-Osrblie is your home track and it hosts the IBU Cup races most years. Would you like to see a World Cup going there in the future? Is biathlon popular in Slovakia like it is next door in the Czech Republic?
I hope for the World Cup in Osrblie but it seems to be very far away. Biathlon in Slovakia is also becoming more and more popular.
Do you have a favourite biathlon track? Where is it and why?
Osrblie because I know every centimetre very well.
Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?
Maybe Magdalena Neuner. She was not thinking only about the sport, when she said stop, she really stopped her career.
Does your rifle have a name?
Describe yourself in three words.
Aspiring, combative, hard working.
Quick fire Questions:
Favourite biathlon nation (not your own): Italy
Favourite rifle design (any biathlete): Mine
Favourite ski suit design (from any nation): Our new one for 2017/2018.
Favourite shooting range: Ruhpolding
Lucky bib number: 44
Funniest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Matej Kazár
Nicest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Dorothea Wierer
Best thing about being a biathlete: It’s my dream job!
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