After the furious end of his long career Erik Lesser first picked up a kiss his loved ones. Under the cheers of thousands of fans and the homage of his teammates and competitors, his partner Nadine and Daughters Anouk were waiting at the legendary Oslo. In the future, the whole attention of the 33-year-old bathlet is retired. “I have to fight with the tears that I will not be too soft here,” said the otherwise rational Lesser in ZDF. Despite its magnificent farewell performance with the persecution victory and fourth place on Sunday in the final mass start is clear: a resignation of resignation will not exist. “In no case,” Lesser said.
I have to fight badly with the tears that I will not be too soft here.
Cheesy could hardly have been able to color, because after his farewell announcement three weeks ago, he delivered as rare before. Coronation was his third World Cup victory and the audience at the Norwegian King Harald at the cradle of the Nordic skiport and in perfect weather. “I’m absolutely Baff. I can not completely process the victory and the last three weeks,” said the Thuringian, who previously studied the second place of Franziska Prussian in the mass start. If he did not shot two mistakes in his paradised discipline, lying shooting, he would have fought for victory again.
“He will be missing,” said Denise Herrmann. His many years of friend Arnnd Peiffer, who had traveled extra for the farewell ceremony of his former carpenter, said, “Germany is lost a good athlete. But I think in it is an extremely good coach.”
In ex-world champion Lesser goes to Olympic champion Peiffer (34) and ex-world champion Simon Schempp (33) the next Leitwolf. And one of the most prominent and critical athletes, especially opposite themselves. His opinion is still in demand, maybe as a TV expert. “I can imagine that,” he said to the German Press Agency. But now he does vacation first – in Norway. Then he takes a longer break, the family is at the center. Then he starts his trainer training. The way has already been staked with the German Association for a long time.
German biathlets mi light and shadow – Herrmann stops?
Overall, the German ski hunters experienced a season with light and shadow. Outstanding were the single-Olympic victory of Denise Herrmann and Olympic Bronze of the Women Season, the men remained at the climax for the second time after 2010 without a medal. While women brought only a world sculpture through Herrmann, the men in Johannes Kühn, Benedikt Doll and Lesser three athletes were at the top. Overall, the German team took 17 podium sites, six women and nine the men, two in the mixed seasons.
After the residues of Lesser, Maren Hammerschmidt and Karolin Horchler is waiting to see if Herrmann stops. The 33-year-old has fulfilled its sporting goals, builds a house with her fiance Thomas Wick in Ruhpolding and sometime a family. Good possible that you also say before the Home World Cup in the coming year in Oberhof Servus. Vanessa Voigt (24) showed her potential with her first World Cup podium as a sprint second of Otepää. And even the Janina Hettich did not take into account at Olympia came to the end of the season again better.
Nawrath strong, Zobel brings best result
At the last race of the season, Philipp Nawrath as fifth and David Zobel with his best World Cup result caused a strong result for a strong result for the German Ski Association (DSV). The Norwegian Sivert Guttorm Bakken (0) won in front of Sturla Holm Lägreide (2 / + 0.5 seconds) and Emilien Jacquelin from France (2 / + 13.4).
Lesser made two shooting errors and had 21.6 seconds behind. Nawrath (1) was 31.5 seconds back, watching (1) 49.2. Benedict Doll had to fit a cold at short notice. Lessers had announced his career ending in the World Cup a few weeks after twelve years ago. The Thuringian won three medals at Olympia, two World Cup titles in persecution and season, seven World Cup medals and six World Cup victories, three of them in single races.
The coming season starts at the end of November in Kontiolahti. In January, a World Cup in Ruhpolding is on the program. The highlight are the World Championships in Oberhof from 6 to 19 February 2023.
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