Anton SHIPULIN: “After the Games in South Korea I will run for a maximum of one more year”

In an interview with R-Sport Sochi Olympic champion in the biathlon relay, Anton Shipulin,  announced his intention to retire after the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.

“I set a goal to continue my running career until the next Olympic Games. Well  for a maximum of one more year after the South Korean Games. I won’t torture myself. Now I have a big goal ahead – the next Olympic Games, where I will try to qualify for a personal medal. Within the Olympic cycle I want to compete in the World Cup for more podiums, for the small crystal globe or maybe for the big one.

Everything is real, the key is to strive for it. This year was more of an experiment for me, because I have tried new techniques and I will continue trying them. I still don’t know what to expect from myself. I shall see, what my condition will be like after this season. If everything goes well, next year I will work on yourself even more”.

It is to be recalled that in 2011 and 2012 27-year-old Anton Shipulin became a world champion in the mixed relay as part of the Russian team. He also won a bronze medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games and a gold medal at the Sochi Games in the classic relay.