Head 2 Head
Benedikt Doll finished 8th in the World Cup Total Score in the 2015-16 season, a career-best and a big step up from 21st the previous season. Doll has moved up rapidly in the German men’s team since 2011, the end of his junior career. As a junior, he won three relay Gold medals at the IBU YJWCH, as well as a Silver medal in the individual competition. In his first full season on the IBU cup, he won the Total Score as well as the sprint and pursuit titles. That earned him a few World Cup starts the next season, as well as his first World Cup podium in the Sochi pre-Olympic relay. Doll did not make the German Olympic team but by January of 2014 was a World Cup regular. That promotion paid off when he finished third in the sprint and then second in the pursuit at the season-ending Khanty Mansiysk World Cup. In the 2015-16 season, he claimed a spot on the German relay team that led to his first senior IBU WCH medal, Silver in the relay.
His big breakthrough came in the 2017 IBU WCH, where he shot clean to win the sprint Gold medal. He followed that up with even more big medals in the 2017-18 season; Olympic Bronze medals in the pursuit and men's relay at Pyeongchang.
Doll is known as a gritty competitor whose fast skis helped him to ten top 10 results in the 2015-16 season. In addition to his biathlon skills, he is an accomplished cook, focusing on healthy, fresh foods. Doll and his father, a professional chef share their passion for food through a website and blog called, “Dolls Küche.” The two most recently released their first cookbook "Doll's Schwarzwaldlust."
When did you start biathlon?
I started biathlon as soon I can think, with the age of 7.
What do you remember about your first biathlon competition?
I don’t remember my first biathlon competition, but I do remember the moment when I hit all targets for the first time, at the age of 17.
When did you realize that you could be good at this sport?
It started when I realized that I was one of the fastest on the tracks in my youth.
What is your routine to get ready on race day; is it always the same?
It depends on the start times, but it's roughly the same. The final routine starts 3 hours before the race, getting something to eat.
Given the option, would you rather run, rollerski, cycle…or?
I really like to cycle at home when the sun is shining.
What do you do very well?
I don't know one concrete thing, but I think if I start something I do it very thoroughly.
Describe a perfect day off from training or competition?
I really like to spend a day off in the next biggest city near my home, Freiburg and just enjoy the city life.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Before you judge somebody, you always should see the situation from his/her side.
If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would it be and why?
There are so many people I want to meet; I think a dinner with Elon Musk would be very interesting. He is a great entrepreneur.
What is the best thing about biathlon?
That there is always something you can do better.