Denise Herrmann - Biathlon
Olympic champion and bronze at the Olympic Games in Biathlon
World champion in Biathlon
4x silver, 1x bronze at World Championships in Biathlon
Bronze at the Olympic Games in Cross-Country
Armed forces athlete
WSC Erzgebirge Oberwiesenthal
Sports in general, music, knitting
- What's important to me
I really enjoy sports and exercising in nature. I would like to convey this in public as well as in private. I am particularly motivated to achieve my goals in sports. This is also extremely important for other areas of life. I also try to protect natural resources as best I can and to think about sustainability. After all, this is an important issue that affects us all. I enjoy spending time with my family and I try to take maximum advantage of the little time I have.
Six years and two sports: Viessmann has stood behind me professionally for many years and also supported me when I switched to biathlon. I am glad that I can continue to be part of the Viessmann family.
Denise completes her first cross-country skiing competitions at the age of eight. Eight years later she takes part in international junior races for the DSV. In 2014, she wins bronze at her first Olympic Games in Sochi with the women’s relay in cross-country skiing. Two years later she switches to biathlon and celebrates her first World Cup victory with the relay team in Pyeongchang in the same season. In 2019, Denise becomes world champion in pursuit at the World Cup in Östersund. She ends the 2019/20 season as third in the overall World Cup. After a total of three silver medals at the World Championships in Antholz (2020) and in Pokljuka (2021), the biggest sporting highlight so far will follow in 2022: the Olympic victory in the individual and bronze with the relay team at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Successes in cross-country
In cross-country, Denise secures her first podium finish in the team sprint competition with teammate Hanna Kolb in 2012. One season later, she takes second place in the sprint overall ranking and in 2014 wins bronze with the relay team at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Switch to biathlon and first World Cup victory
Due to her outstanding performance in the IBU Cup, Denise is given her first opportunity to compete in the World Cup in December 2016. She secures her first World Cup victory with the relay team in Pyeongchang in March 2017.
Hitting the ground running
Denise wins both the sprint and the pursuit competitions in Östersund at the beginning of her second World Cup season in biathlon. She also wins with the relay team at the World Cup on home turf in Ruhpolding. The highlight of her season is the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February 2018. She concludes the season with an impressive 12th place in the overall World Cup.
First world champion title
Denise continues to secure podium finishes in individual and with the relay team in the World Cup. She becomes world champion in pursuit and wins silver with the mixed relay team at the Biathlon World Championship in Östersund, Sweden, the highlight of the season.
Rapid success: vice world champion, podium finish in the sprint ranking and in the overall World Cup
Denise wins two silver medals at the 2020 World Championship in Antholz – in pursuit and with the women’s relay team. Thanks to consistently good performance throughout the entire season, she claims victory in the sprint ranking and takes third in the overall World Cup at the end of the season.
13th year in the World Cup circus & another vice world champion title
Even in a season marked by the Corona pandemic, Denise achieves good results. In total, she finished on the podium seven times and can boast further top-10 placings. In addition, Denise was crowned runner-up in the women's relay for the second time in a row at the 2021 World Championships on the Pokljuka.
Arrived at the summit: Olympic victory in the individual & bronze in the relay
The season gets off to a promising start for Denise with third place in the first race. But the big highlight is still to come. At the season's highlight, the Olympic Games in Beijing, Denise sensationally wins gold in the individual and follows it up with a bronze medal in the relay. Spurred on by this success, she also lands on the podium several times in the remaining World Cup races and wins the sprint in Kontiolahti, among others.