Status: 03.10.2023, 18:45 p.m.
By: Marcel Schwenk
Will probably end his career after the coming season: biathlete Benedikt Doll. © JOHAN AXELSSON / Imago
Benedikt Doll will soon end his career as a biathlete. Participation in the 2026 Winter Olympics is out of the question.
Livigno – The German biathlon team is currently in Livigno, Italy, where they are completing a high-altitude training camp in preparation for the upcoming 2023/24 winter sports season. Benedikt Doll, the best-placed non-Norwegian in the overall World Cup last winter with fourth place, will also be there.
|Born:||24 March 1990 (age 33 years) in Titisee-Neustadt|
|Biathlon World Cup debut:||2012|
|Greatest successes:||1x World Championship gold, 2x Olympic bronze|
Biathlete Benedikt Doll rules out participation in the 2026 Olympics in Antholz
"That was the best season I've ever had. The World Championships in Oberhof were not as successful as I had hoped, but the World Cup season was great and is of course a great motivation for the coming season," says Doll, who, according to his own statement, worked particularly on "faster shooting" in the summer, in an interview with the portal Fondo Italia.
However, the 33-year-old not only spoke about the past few months, but also looked ahead – and clearly formulated how he plans his medium-term future. "I am very sure that I will no longer participate in the 2026 Olympic Games," Doll made clear.
Benedikt Doll announces the end of his career: "I want to do something different"
This is a pity, especially with regard to the venue Antholz (Italy), as the previous host cities Pyeongchang (2018) and Beijing (2022) are "not known as hometowns for winter sports". He is also looking forward to the time without the Biathlon World Cup, competitions and training camps.
"I'm getting old. Sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I'm on the road for 20 weeks a year and it's getting harder and harder to leave my hometown and my family. It was a great time, but I want to do something different and be home all year round," said Doll, who became a father for the first time in 2022.
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It is very likely that he will hang up his skis and rifle after the 2023/24 season. Last winter, the 2017 sprint world champion already hinted at the end of his active career, but according to the German Press Agency, he has not yet made a final decision at the time. He wants to make this public after the 2024 World Cup, which will be held in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, in February.
"But maybe I'll be grabbed again in winter that I'll hang on for another season," says the native of the Upper Black Forest. Just a few weeks ago, the former world-class luge athlete Natalie Geisenberger announced the end of her career, and Doll could soon be the next German winter sports star. (masc)