Benedikt Doll congratulated Denise Herrmann-Wick on the end of her career and reviewed their past together.
Munich – Benedikt Doll and Denise Herrmann-Wick have been the figureheads in German biathlon in recent years.
While the 2017 sprint world champion will continue his career for at least a year, the 34-year-old announced the end of her winter sports career.
Name: Benedict Doll
Date and place of birth: March 24, 1990 in Titisee-Neustadt
Biathlon World Cup debut: 2012
Greatest successes: 1x World Championship gold (sprint, 2017), 2x Olympic bronze (pursuit and relay, 2018)
"It was also a fun time": Doll about experiences with Herrmann-Wick
Doll has now spoken in a video via "Instagram" and taken a look at the time together.
The two met at a Bundeswehr training course in Hanover.
"We spent a lot of
(time in, ed.)
lessons, and threw the party once in a while.
It was also a fun time with Denise and her husband Thomas Wick," recalls the 33-year-old with a smile.
In the eight weeks they got to know each other better and have “actually been very closely connected since then”.
While Herrmann-Wick has an "incredibly relaxed side with a lot of humor" apart from competitive sport, she is "incredibly ambitious" in terms of her training and her performance on the race track.
Benedikt Doll (left) thanks Denise Herrmann-Wick (right) for the time together.
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Doll impressed by Herrmann-Wick's work ethic
"When she sets a goal, she tries to achieve it by any means necessary.
As a friend, you sometimes have to admit defeat or submit.
I'm going to miss that a bit in the next few years," explains Doll.
Her motivation to always work on herself, not to rest on her laurels and to be critical of her own performance was particularly impressive.
“She was the best or one of the best runners, but she never rested on that and said 'yes yes'.
Nevertheless, she tried to keep improving – even in areas where she was already very good.
I think that's the only way you can become a top athlete like she was," reports the biathlete, who liked to take the "opposite point of view" in discussions: "Sometimes that provoked her a bit, but I always enjoyed it."
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Doll on Herrmann-Wick: "Partners in Crime"
Neither on nor off the trail has Doll's "hobby," as he calls it, harmed the relationship between the two.
In 2019 they won World Championship silver in the mixed relay, and they also competed together in the World Team Challenge at Schalke last December.
On the accompanying Instagram post, he refers to them as "partners in crime".
Furthermore, he emphasized her basic attitude towards life and competitive sport itself.
He had seen Herrmann-Wick “rarely in a bad mood”, and at the “high point” she was always “in top shape”.
“Then there was also excitement as to whether the training paid off in the summer and whether I was actually able to put it into practice.
The fuse was also a bit shorter then, which then settled over the course of the season,” Doll chats about the annual preparation for the season.
Ends her career: Denise Herrmann-Wick.
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"Think of your biceps": Herrmann-Wick thanks Doll for saying goodbye
"I'm happy for Denise to finally be able to enjoy another phase of life," Doll writes about his clip.
Herrmann-Wick also responded to the warm words of her ex-colleague and thanked her for the "extraordinary and enriching time".
"It was always a pleasure with you, comrade!
I'm happy to drop by again to keep you busy with constructive discussions.
Come in and see you.
(PS think about your biceps),” comments the reigning sprint world champion.
It is not known what Herrmann-Wick is planning after her active career.
She only announced that she would "open a new chapter".
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