Duvillard to focus on free-technique competitions
Robin Duvillard will celebrate his 31st birthday on December 22 and will start in a few weeks his 7th season on the World Cup. Since his inception in 2008 on World Cup he has taken the to learn his craft.
Duvillard, a member of the French Olympic bronze medal relaying Sochi, enters this season with a lot of desire and a plan to focus on skating technique competitions.
Over the years he has built a solid reputation for his skating ability becoming one of the world's best in this style.
Duvillarnd's first World Cup top 10 came in the 15 km free December 2009 in Davos. That was a memorable day for the French team with Manificat 3rd, Vittoz 4th, Jonnier 5th and Duvillard 6th.
The next two years are a little more complicated, for example Duvillard settled for a 17th place two years later in Davos, this time over 30km. Duvillard was not discouraged. Instead, he chose to train harder and focus on his nutrition, in particular limiting his sugar intake.
All the hard work and sacrifices began to pay off. Duvillard returned to 6th place in Davos in 2013 in the 30 km free, the same day Manificat took the win. He followed up that success with a 5th place finish in the opening stage prologue of the 2013 Tour de Ski and a 6th place time on the final climb of the multi-day event.
With his confidence high Duvillard skied a strong third leg in the men's team relay in Sochi where the French team took home the bronze medal and he skied to a 6th place finish in the men's 50 km to end the games.
"I am thirty years old but I feel better and better. And there is a 15km skate at the World Championships in Falun," say Duvillard.
To bring back a World Championships medal is a focus for Duvillard. The feat is possible, but the competition will be even stronger than last year.
Article by: Marko Hominal
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