Julia Simon wins the World Cup big globe for the first time in her career

The Frenchwoman, very solid on the 7.5 km course in Oslo, finished fifth in the sprint.

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Julia Simon, here victorious during the pursuit of the world championships in Oberhof, won the overall classification of the World Cup on Saturday 18 March in Oslo.  (CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)

Waiting is pleasure. Julia Simon, who could be crowned in the sprint on Friday, had to wait another 24 hours to reach the Grail. The event was in fact postponed due to bad weather conditions, but this did not hinder the victorious march of the Frenchwoman. At 26 years old, and after a season that she flew with three victories and 10 podiums, the native of Albertville signed, on Saturday 18 March, one of the most beautiful pages in the history of Italian winter sports. She is the fourth French biathlete to win the overall classification of the Women’s World Cup. She succeeds Sandrine Bailly, the last French winner in 2005.

Consistency rewarded

With an overall lead of 144 points over her runner-up, Dorothea Wierer of Italy, Julia Simon only needed a seventh place on Saturday to win the first big crystal ball. She did better than that. With only one shooting error and above all a very robust ski finish, the Habs finished fifth in a sprint won by the untouchable Denise Hermann-Wick who, with this new success, won the World Cup specialty.

“It is the culmination of 4-5 years of work. I’ve always worked for this to be among the bestbreathed a newly crowned Julia Simon into the microphone of the chain The group. This is the culmination of a monster winter on my part. I didn’t think I could be so consistent. This year I was able to have an incredible season. For the moment, I want to realize all this. Let’s go for a drink tonight, spend some time with the staff. Because it’s a team effort with the coaches, the coaches, and tonight I want to thank them.”

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