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The Styrian Franz-Josef Rehrl won today the first medal for Austria at the home world championship in Tyrol. He visited the TirolBerg TV studio exclusively before the spontaneous medal ceremony in the Hotel Hochland. Also a guest in the studio was Johannes Klæbo, gold medallist of the sprint competition on Thursday. The coaches of the Austrian and German team - Markus Gandler (ÖSV) and Peter Schlickenrieder (DSV) - looked forward to the next World Cup competitions in the interviews in the Tirol-Berg Studio.
Rich in emotion and proud, with his bronzes around his neck, Franz-Josef Rehrl was happy about his first medal for Austria. "It is an amazing feeling to win a medal here at the home World Championships. My friends and family were there and kept their fingers crossed for me. The finish was incredible - I was really strong."
Norwegian Johannes Klæbo was also a guest at the TirolBerg TV studio before the medal ceremony. The three-time Olympic medal winner feels at home in Tyrol: "We were here last year for training in Seefeld - it's simply beautiful here. I am very proud of this medal. I will also give my best at the next races - the skiathlon tomorrow and the team sprint will be exciting".
Markus Gandler, ÖSV Racing Director for Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon, shared his assessment of the World Championships in the TirolBerg TV Studio. Although Teresa Stadlobers was unable to participate in the skiathlon on Saturday due to illness, the chances of winning a medal are good for the woman from Radstadt. "With Teresa Stadlober, we have a candidate where the possibilities are open at the top. You can also use the word medal in your mouth," says Gandler. "For a cross-country team, our team is small with two girls and seven boys. We are not able to occupy everything - especially with the girls. I would have wished for more in advance."
Peter Schlickenrieder, national coach of the German cross-country skiers, is looking forward to the coming week. "There will be really good competitions. The team sprint on Sunday will be an absolute thriller. The 50cc run will certainly be a highlight of the World Championships", says Schlickenrieder. "The hottest medals will be in the team sprint and in the relay - these will be super exciting competitions. But also tomorrow's skiathlon will be the hammer with the mass start. I think Germany can win four medals!