Two for Hochfilzen…Dorothea and Lisa Theresa
A couple of ladies, Dorothea Wierer and Lisa Theresa Hauser who will be chasing the medals in Hochfilzen, have one thing in common: great shooting skills.
Dorothea Wierer comes to the 2017 IBU World Championships, not in the same form as last year, but with the same goal: to become the first Italian woman to win an IBU WCH Gold medal. Italy has six WCH Gold medals, all by the men’s team. With three victories last season and the small Crystal Globe for the individual competitions, she has to be considered as a potential Gold medalist. Fast, accurate shooting is her biggest weapon, especially in head-to-head competitions. Although two of her victories came in the individual, she often admits her preference for the mass start and pursuit. Three individual podiums and two relay podiums, brings the Rasun native to the WCH holding down fifth in the World Cup Total Score. The two German World Cups were unkind to her this year. “This year I am not shooting as well as last year. There are some problems there and I don't feel as secure. However, in Antholz I felt like I finally had good ski speed; it was great to end with a relay podium at home,” she said recently. The pursuit Silver medalist last year in Oslo is likely to start her campaign with the mixed relay. The Sochi mixed relay Bronze medalist started the season in Östersund on the podium with teammates Lisa Vittozzi, Dominik Windisch, and Lukas Hofer. She hopes for a good sprint result, to set her up for her favorite, the pursuit. Best chances for medals: mixed relay, pursuit, individual, women’s relay.
Lisa Theresa Hauser
Andrea Grossegger won Austria’s first and only women’s WCH medal in 1984, Now, 33 years later, Lisa Theresa Hauser is Austria’s next medal hope, at home in Hochfilzen.
Hauser comes to Hochfilzen 2017 among the best shooters on the World Cup circuit, at nearly a 90% success rate. The 23-year-old is not only accurate, but also very fast in the range, dropping the targets in less than 24 seconds and frequently in less than 20! Her training partner and teammate Simon Eder thinks she is the best shot in biathlon, men and women. Her talent on the range is followed by great tactics; she knows how to use her energy on the tracks while not losing too much time on the faster skiers. Hauser is yet to get an individual World Cup podium, but her consistency has put her in the Top Ten frequently. With the extra motivation of competing at home event, she is a medal threat. The Austrian won six medals at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, two of them on home soil, an experience that still gives her great memories and good vibes. “In Obertilliach, it was great. I had my family and friends on the track cheering for me and pushing me all the way. That is something very important, because it helps me even after competition; they can celebrate with me or cheer me up for the next one.”Since Hochfilzen is like a second home for her; that alone could be enough to put her on the podium. Best chances for a medal: individual, pursuit.