Laura Dahlmeier

Laura Dahlmeier (German pronunciation: [ˈlaʊ.̯ʁa ˈdaːlˌmaɪ̯ɐ] (About this soundlisten); born 22 August 1993) is a retired German biathlete. Dahlmeier started in her first world cup races in the 2012/13 season.[2] In 2014, she participated in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She won a record of five gold medals at the World Championships of 2017. In 2018 she became the first woman to win the biathlon sprint and pursuit in the same Olympics.[3] During her career she has won a total of two golds and one bronze at the Olympics, seven gold medals, three silver medals and five bronze medals at World Championships, one overall World Cup and two discipline World Cup titles. Dahlmeier announced her retirement from competition in May 2019, at the age of 25.[4] In October 2019, she released a children's book.

Laura Dahlmeier
Porträts bei der Olympia-Einkleidung München 2018 (Martin Rulsch) 48.jpg
Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 27)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
Websitehttp://www.laura-dahlmeier.de/
Professional information
SportBiathlon
ClubSC Partenkirchen
World Cup debut2013
Olympic Games
Teams2 (2014, 2018)
Medals3 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 (20132019)
Medals15 (7 gold)
World Cup
Seasons7 (2012/13–2018/19)
Individual races83
All races101
Individual victories22
All victories33
Individual podiums50
All podiums62
Overall titles1 (2016–17)
Discipline titles2:
1 Individual (2016–17)
1 Pursuit (2016–17)

CareerEdit

Biathlon CareerEdit

At the 2013 Biathlon Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria, Dahlmeier took three gold medals in the individual, sprint and relay, as well as a silver in the pursuit. Following this, she was selected for the German team in the women's relay at the 2013 Biathlon World Championships: racing in the third leg, she shot clean and overcame a 38 second deficit to hand over with Germany in the lead. Dahlmeier completed her first full World Cup campaign the following season: she enjoyed further success in World Cup relays, however she was unable to secure a solo podium finish, and did not make an impact at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[4]

Dahlmeier's start to her 2014–15 season was delayed due to injury, and she made her World Cup season debut at Pokljuka in December 2014. Two months later she took her first World Cup win in Nové Město na Moravě, following which she took another six podiums, including a second win, and her first two senior World Championship medals, a silver in the pursuit and a gold in the women's relay.

In 2015–16 she took five World Cup wins, and at the World Championships in Oslo she took her first solo gold medal in the pursuit along with a silver in the mass start and bronzes in the sprint, individual and women's relay.[4]

Dahlmeier enjoyed her best season in 2016–17, winning the overall World Cup and winning five golds and a silver at the World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, missing out on a sixth gold by four seconds in the sprint to Gabriela Koukalová. She became the first woman in biathlon history to win five gold medals at a World Championships.[5]

The following season Dahlmeier's focus was on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang: at the Games she became the second German woman to take the Olympic gold in the sprint, shooting clean as one of only three competitors to hit all targets in windy conditions, before doubling up with a second title in the pursuit and additionally taking a bronze in the individual.[4]

Dahlmeier's 2018–19 season was disrupted by illness, however she took a World Cup race win at Antholz in January 2019 before going on to take two bronzes at the 2019 World Championships in Östersund in the sprint and the pursuit. After the end of the season, in May 2019 she announced her retirement from competition, stating that she no longer feels the 100% passion necessary for professional biathlon.[4][6]

Post-Biathlon CareerEdit

On 18 October 2019, Dahlmeier released the children's book Die Klima Gang: Laura Dahlmeier und Freunde im Einsatz für die Natur, which she co-authored.

For the 2019-2020 Biathlon World Cup season, she served as an expert commentator for the German broadcaster ZDF.[7]

Since retiring from competitive biathlon Dahlmeier has competed in mountain running. In June 2019 she won the 39-kilometer Basetrail XL race of the Zugspitz Ultratrail in Grainau, Germany.[8] In September 2019 she won and set a new women's course record in the 52-kilometer Karwandelmarsch race from Scharnitz to Pertisau in Austria.[9] In November of that year she placed 27th at the 2019 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Argentina.[10]

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[11] On 17 May 2019, she announced her retirement from biathlon.[12]

Olympic GamesEdit

3 medals (2 gold, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2014 Sochi 13th 46th 30th 11th DSQ
  2018 Pyeongchang Bronze Gold Gold 16th 8th 4th
*The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.

World ChampionshipsEdit

14 medals (7 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay Single mixed Relay
  2013 Nové Město 5th N/A
  2015 Kontiolahti 6th 4th Silver 7th Gold
  2016 Oslo Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
  2017 Hochfilzen Gold Silver Gold Gold Gold Gold
  2019 Östersund 4th Bronze Bronze 6th 4th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The single mixed relay was added as an event in 2019.

Junior World ChampionshipsEdit

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Relay
  2011 Nové Město 12th 14th Bronze Bronze
  2012 Kontiolahti 16th 37th 34th 6th
  2013 Obertilliach Gold Gold Silver Gold

European Youth Olympic Winter FestivalEdit

Event Individual Sprint Mixed relay
  2011 Liberec Gold Gold Gold

World CupEdit

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
2012/13 7/26 220 35th 0/3 3/10 101 32nd 2/8 69 36th 2/5 50 29th
2013/14 17/22 410 15th 2/2 54 12th 6/9 138 23rd 6/8 145 14th 3/3 73 14th
2014/15 17/25 725 8th 2/3 81 8th 7/10 292 8th 5/7 224 4th 3/5 128 12th
2015/16 18/25 786 6th 2/3 80 10th 6/9 213 9th 5/8 265 5th 5/5 228 3rd
2016/17 24/26 1211 1st 3/3 180 1st 8/9 372 2nd 8/9 411 1st 5/5 254 2nd
2017/18 19/22 730 4th 1/2 7/8 252 4th 6/7 271 3rd 5/5 207 2nd
2018/19 15/25 554 12th 2/3 75 9th 5/9 191 10th 4/8 163 14th 4/5 125 13th

Individual victoriesEdit

  • 22 victories – (4 SP, 11 PU, 3 IN, 4 MS)
No. Season Date Location Discipline Level
1  2014/15 5 February 2015   Nové Město, Czech Republic 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
2 17 March 2015   Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 12.5 km Mass start World Cup
3  2015/16 12 December 2015   Hochfilzen, Austria 10 km Pursuit World Cup
4 19 December 2015   Pokljuka, Slovenia 10 km Pursuit World Cup
5 9 January 2016   Ruhpolding, Germany 10 km Pursuit World Cup
6 10 January 2016   Ruhpolding, Germany 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
7 6 March 2016   Holmenkollen, Norway 10 km Pursuit World Championships
8  2016/17 30 November 2016   Östersund, Sweden 15 km Individual World Cup
9 9 December 2016   Pokljuka, Slovenia 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
10 10 December 2016   Pokljuka, Slovenia 10 km Pursuit World Cup
11 19 January 2017   Antholz, Italy 15 km Individual World Cup
12 12 February 2017   Hochfilzen, Austria 10 km Pursuit World Championships
13 15 February 2017   Hochfilzen, Austria 15 km Individual World Championships
14 19 February 2017   Hochfilzen, Austria 12.5 km Mass Start World Championships
15 2 March 2017   Pyeongchang, South Korea 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
16 4 March 2017   Pyeongchang, South Korea 10 km Pursuit World Cup
17 11 March 2017   Kontiolahti, Finland 10 km Pursuit World Cup
18  2017/18 16 December 2017   Annecy, France 10 km Pursuit World Cup
19 20 January 2018   Antholz, Italy 10 km Pursuit World Cup
20 10 February 2018   Pyeongchang, South Korea 7.5 km Sprint Winter Olympic Games
21 12 February 2018   Pyeongchang, South Korea 10 km Pursuit Winter Olympic Games
22  2018/19 27 January 2019   Antholz-Anterselva, Italy 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Relay victoriesEdit

No. Date Location Discipline
1 10 March 2013   Sochi Relay
2 12 December 2013   Pokljuka Relay
3 8 January 2014   Ruhpolding Relay
4 25 January 2015   Antholz Relay
5 13 March 2015   Kontiolahti Relay
6 11 December 2016   Pokljuka Relay
7 12 January 2017   Ruhpolding Relay
8 22 January 2017   Antholz Relay
9 9 February 2017   Hochfilzen Mixed Relay (with Hinz / Peiffer / Schempp)
10 17 February 2017   Hochfilzen Relay (with Hinz / Hammerschmidt / Hildebrand)
11 10 December 2017   Hochfilzen Relay (with Hinz / Hildebrand / Hammerschmidt)
12 13 January 2018   Ruhpolding Relay (with Preuß / Herrmann / Hildebrand)
13 8 February 2019   Canmore, Canada Relay (with Hildebrand / Hinz / Herrmann)

Overall recordEdit

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed
relay
Total
Individual events Team events All events
1st place 3 4 11 4 12 1 22 13 35
2nd place 9 4 5 3 1 18 4 22
3rd place 2 4 3 2 3 11 3 14
Podiums 5 17 18 11 18 2 51 20 71
4–10 5 13 13 9 4 1 40 5 45
11–20 3 6 6 4 1 19 1 20
21–40 7 2 3 12 12
41–60 1 1 1 3 3
Others 0
DNS 1 1 1
DNF 0
DSQ 1 1 1
Starts 15 44 40 27 23 4 126 27 153
* Results in IBU World Cup races, Olympics and World Championships.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile".
  2. ^ "Über mich (German)". Laura Dahlmeier (personal homepage). Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Martin Fourcade, Laura Dahlmeier win biathlon gold medals". Espn.com. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Laura Dahlmeier Retires". International Biathlon Union. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Germany's Dahlmeier wins record fifth biathlon gold". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  6. ^ Die Gier weicht der Ruhe, sueddeutsche, 20190517
  7. ^ zdf.de. "Als TV-Expertin - Laura Dahlmeier verstärkt ZDF-Team". ZDF. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  8. ^ "SALOMON ZUGSPITZ ULTRATRAIL 2019". Plan B Registration. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Laura Dahlmeier Siegt beim 11. Karwendelmarsch". Bergsteiger.de. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  10. ^ "WORLD LONG DISTANCE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHALLENGE / CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women individual (41.5 km/+-2184m/84 participants)". World Mountain Running Association. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  11. ^ International Biathlon Union. Laura Dahlmeier. IBU Datacenter. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  12. ^ Karolos Grohmann, Alexander Smith (17 May 2019). "Double Olympic champion Dahlmeier retires at 25". Reuters. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Angelique Kerber
German Sportswoman of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Angelique Kerber