Favorite Summer Moments from Doro, Marie, Simon, and…
Biathletes love winter; it is literally their “office.” Yet like everyone else, biathletes love those “lazy, hazy days of summer,’ whether it is training, spending time with friends and family, or just enjoying a sunny afternoon in a beautiful spot.
With scenes like this view from Dachstein Glacier by Benedikt Doll just on the horizon and final preparations for the Olympic season under way, some athletes took a few minutes away from training to share some of their favorite moments from this past summer.
Holidays in the Sun
Doro and Friends
Dorothea Wierer’s mid-lake photo with current and former teammates epitomizes what summer is all about: great friends enjoying a lazy afternoon in a beautiful setting. She commented, “Mini-vacation with current and former teammates on Lake Garda was so much fun: friends, food, sun and (of course) shopping!”
Tranquility in Thailand
Regina Oja seems to have found peace and tranquility in her holiday photo taken above the lush landscape in Thailand. “Before training kicked off, my boyfriend and I spent our holiday in Thailand. It was such a pleasant, beautiful place to travel around and explore amazing new places.”
Baltic Break; Easy Rider
Krystyna and Grzegorz Guzik found their bit of summer tranquility on Baltic coast where they slipped away for a short break between training camps; relaxing on the beach and later, Krystyna in her “Easy Rider” mode.
Dominik’s Private Croatia
Spending time on the water is truly a rite of summer. Dominik Windisch made good use of his new camper van slipping away with his girlfriend to a favorite spot on the Croatian coast. He explained, “I made a trip with my girlfriend in my new VW California to Croatia. It was perfect, because in September there were not so many people around. We were alone most of the time, camped directly on the sea and cooked with this great view and had our 'private beach.' The water is an amazing blue just like the Caribbean!”
Mari and the Midnight Sun
Across northern Europe, the sunshine almost never disappears with long summer days making up for the very dark cold days of winter. Mari Laukkanen and some friends spent the midsummer holiday, June 24, enjoying a quick swim with the sun just on the horizon…at 11:30 pm!
Training can be a bit less regimented in the summer. It is also a time for athletes to pursue other passions in their life. Pietro Dutto is a full-time biathlete, but a cycling fanatic, so no surprise that he was on the starting line at several cycling races this past summer. “Cycling it's my big passion. I grew up with this sport. This is from a cycling race this spring.”
Magnificent Rocky Mountains
Summer training means good times in spectacular settings even if they are close to home. The Canadian team trained at or near home all summer, but still had plenty to smile about in Rosanna Crawford’s photo. “This year our team lost almost all of our funding, so that meant we had to cancel all of our training camps. Lucky for us we have an incredible place to train and our team got to explore the Canadian Rockies! Like this spot on Sentinel Pass in Lake Louise.”
All Alone and a Good Mood
Of course, some days there are no teammates around. It is just a lonely shooting range and the targets for Regina Oja in Ylläs, Finland.
On those same days, with not a teammate in sight, Doro admitted back in May, “Great hard training in Norway; no sun but a good mood!”
“Autumn is My Favorite Time”
As summer slipped into fall, Benedikt Doll stopped for a moment to capture the transition from the summer heat to cool mornings but still brilliant sunshine. He reflected, “Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Training in the colorful nature feels a little bit like being on holiday.”
Mari and the Dinosaur
During summer training, there is always time for a bit of fun. It is hard enough to hit those standing targets, but even harder as Laukkanen found out when she was surprised by a rather bad version of a dinosaur! She explained, “Getting ready for the Olympic season, to be ready for everything, no matter what happens!”
Visualization is an important part of biathlon: tackling that steep hill or dropping those standing targets with every shot in the prone ring. That visualization goes one step further as in how an athlete views themselves. What they think and what they actually look like. Rosanna Crawford created this and called it, “Simply funny!”
Summer From Above
Simon Schempp won his first individual IBU World Championship last February. His Pyeongchang goal has a similar shine to it. “I would be happy with one individual medal, not counting relays, as long as it is…Gold!” He sent in one of his favorite photos from summer training, commenting, “This was a hiking-tour in the south Tirol. You see how small you are as a human against this impressive nature.” Life is not just about medals.
Marie Dorin Habert always spends as much time as possible with her young daughter Adele during the season and in the summer. Mom and daughter high on a rugged hillside are summer memories for a lifetime.
High Above Obertilliach
The Italian team trains at the high-altitude venue in Antholz, but at one time or another virtually everyone on the Italian team has been treated to a really high-latitude experience with certified tandem pilot Lukas Hofer. What a panorama of the mountains, and Obertilliach behind these two long-time teammates!
Ah! Those Summer Days…
Summertime and Adele is spending a lazy afternoon at work with mom: shoes off, sunglasses on, just reading a book in the sunshine.
Thanks to Doro, Regina, Mari, Simon, Pietro, Krystyna, Dominik, Benni, Rosanna, and Marie for sharing their personal summer photos for this article.