A serious blow overtook the fans this week. Of course, we are used to the fact that by the end of the season a dozen biathletes complete their careers, but for four legends to complete at once in one year is an unpleasant rarity.
No, it makes no sense to talk in detail about the career of each of the athletes, but I would like to highlight their distinguishing features.
Denise Herrmann is a former cross-country skier who switched to biathlon in the 2016/2017 season, and initially relied on incredibly fast speed. But soon, the speed decreased, and the shooting improved, and Denise began to show good results more consistently.
She has the gold of the Olympic Games, the World Championships and a lot of victories in the World Cup, mainly in the sprint. Just in this discipline, she has the only Small Crystal Globe. This year she is also in the lead, and will compete for the second trophy in her career with Dorothea Wierer on Friday.
Tiril Eckhoff. He has been competing in biathlon for so long that he has three medals from the Sochi Olympics. Tiril is a very fast athlete, but unstable. She has a lot of victories, but in 11 years in biathlon, she was only three times in the top 10 at the end of the season.
Only in the 2020/2021 season did all the stars come together and she won the Big Crystal Globe.
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland also won the BCG only once, but at the last Olympic Games in Beijing she won 5 medals, 3 of which were gold. Marte knows how to bring himself to certain competitions, and surpasses all rivals, at the most opportune moment.
Along with Tiril Eckhoff, one of the most recognizable names in the Norwegian biathlon.
Anais Chevalier is a bit lost among the three previous giants. After all, its hallmark is stability. Anais won only one individual race in her entire career! Are you surprised? But it's true.
She also has 12 gold medals in relay races for France. It was for her stability that she was so valued. For 9 years in biathlon, she was in the top 10 four times at the end of the season.