Denise Herrmann-Wick actually hung up her skis in the spring. Their farewell race in the summer is therefore doubly special.
Wiesbaden – Actually, she ended her career very emotionally after the past ski season. But soon, ex-biathlete Denise Herrmann-Wick is likely to shed a few tears to say goodbye: In August, she will finally compete for the last time at the City Biathlon Event in Wiesbaden. And this will not only be the final career appearance for the 34-year-old.
|Born:||20 December 1988 (age: 34 years), Bad Schlema (in the former GDR)|
|Disciplines:||Biathlon, cross-country skiing|
|Greatest successes:||2022 Olympic champion in individual biathlon, 2019 world champion in biathlon sprint, 2014 Olympic bronze medallist with the cross-country relay team|
|End of career:||the 19 of March, 2023|
In mid-August, Olympic champion Herrmann-Wick will compete in her last race
In mid-August, the Saxon will compete in the last race of her illustrious career at the City Biathlon in the Hessian capital. The Olympic champion from Beijing can thus say goodbye to her ski retirement in front of a German audience.
In addition to the former German star biathlete, who won a total of nine World Championship and two Olympic medals, the summer event features numerous other greats of winter sports. Among others, the two-time winner of the overall World Cup Dorothea Wierer from Italy and, in the men's race, DSV ace Benedikt Doll will be at the start. Multiple Olympic champion and world champion Tarjei Bö (Norway) will also compete in Wiesbaden.
Biathlete Denise Herrmann-Wick gets an extraordinary farewell race. © Imago / Christian Heilwagen
Farewell course to biathlon star Herrmann-Wick: an unusual race
Herrmann-Wick's last race is also unusual in two respects. The 34-year-old, who recently spoke about her family planning, does not say goodbye to snow and classic skis. Instead, she races across Wiesbaden's asphalt on roller skis.
Such summer competitions on roads are not uncommon in biathlon. However, they usually serve as preparation for the snow season and not as the last big stage before the end of your career.
It will not only be the last race for biathlon icon Herrmann-Wick
In addition, the event in the Hessian capital not only serves Herrmann-Wick as a farewell race. In addition to her, the Norwegian record world champion Marte Olsbu Röiseland, who ended her career in the spring, and her recently retired German biathlon colleague Vanessa Hinz will do the honors for the last time on August 13. And Franziska Hildebrand will also compete in the city circuit.
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The Hessian organizers called this extraordinary setting "a special highlight", as they announced on Instagram. In addition, "more stars" may be "yet to be announced." The quartet around Herrmann-Wick and Hildebrand, who was now able to look forward to offspring after ending her career last year, could therefore expand even further by the time of the race in about two months. "More stars will be announced," wrote the organizers of the city biathlon. (wuc)