Dario Cologna – the aging Champion needs a new recipe

The most competent expert to Dario Cologna is: Dario Cologna. Because of the Grisons can drop in the assessment of his achievements, the pink glasses very well,

Dario Cologna – the aging Champion needs a new recipe

The most competent expert to Dario Cologna is: Dario Cologna. Because of the Grisons can drop in the assessment of his achievements, the pink glasses very well, he says: "For a podium placement must rise at me now."

The statement on his season balance to illustrate: Although the 50 km from Oslo on Sunday and the finale of the season a few races are pending, is already clear: Only once it was enough for the 33-Year-old yet on the podium – in 13 operations.

Cologna this year was better again. (Photo: Keystone)

Cologna in its Golden phase Was between 2010 and 2013, almost a guarantee for Top-3 places – in the season 2011/2012 he made it equal to 17 times on the podium – he was allowed to this Winter, only at the home world Cup in Davos as a third-party by the podium waving.

The year 2018 was an outlier

Nevertheless, he must be pleased with himself: In comparison to the previous year, he has approached the Best again. He delivered more Top-10 results in the season 2018/2019 and, therefore, less results in more distant midfield.

Increasingly clear over the last five seasons, in comparison, that only the Olympic year 2018 was with Gold over 15 km of Skating and the overall victory at the Tour de Ski, an extreme outlier in a positive way. Until today can not even explain Cologna and his supervisor really, why he performed, of all things, in this key year, they were so much better than before and after.

The very simple and positive statement, because in his two final years with the world Cup (2021) and Olympic Games (2022), once again two major events in prospect: four-times Olympic champion is primary, in preparation for the big moments himself – and, thus, in everyday work, do not reset again energy, he tease as his supervisor in a Winter like this without any big events out of it assets.

Cologna has speed

lost The victory to a lack of the last two seasons, but it has not at the aging Champion without a trace over. He spoke in his best years of titles that he anpeile, he says now, even with the winning of a medal to be satisfied. Cologna was able to beat earlier, only yourself. Meanwhile, a new Generation has taken over the Russian Alexander Bolschunow and the Norwegian John Kläbo this leadership role.

margin Cologna in comparison to his young adversaries, are more likely to be better, no. (Photo: Keystone)

Cologna primary to put his experience, however, and a smart choice of the key competitions. He used to have a big occasion to all races a Chance at a medal, he is now only a few bets, because it has gradually lost its speed.

Still very much stronger than in the past Cologna has to be a question for cherry-pickers and immensely focused to prepare for key competitions. This is likely to be the king's distance over 50 km – or measured by the Successes of his parade discipline, the 15 km individual start.

The preparation must be perfectly presented to be

And although the experienced Cologna in this Winter, again a fresh and more agile, he needs to fix a site as quickly as possible, because, of all of those races, he said this Winter is important, from the cut, he mostly just okay.

The successful cherry-pickers, however, Dario Cologna can be just, if he can make preparation perfect and not like this year, partly due to illness, falls back. Because one thing is clear: the margin he has in comparison to his young adversaries, are more likely to be better, no.

Created: 06.03.2020, 09:49 PM

Updated Date: 06 March 2020, 14:00

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