Laura Dahlmeier - Biathlon
2-time Olympic champion
7-time World champion
Overall World Cup champion
Student, TV expert
I enjoy nature while climbing, mountaineering, trail running, ski touring and cycling.
- Role model
I like to be inspired by different people in different fields, for example Magdalena Neuner in biathlon and Ueli Steck in mountaineering.
- What's important to me
Health! Because without health, everything is nothing and with health and creativity, nothing can be turned into everything.
My partnership with Viessmann is like a real rope team on the mountain: bound by the rope for the common goal, ready to put everything on the line. Together we go through thick and thin, share the success at the summit and try to optimise our paths, even when things don't go so well. I'm especially happy that we're still on the same path after my time as a biathlete and that we keep setting out new goals!
Early in her childhood, Laura became interested in skiing and especially in biathlon. In 2013 she wins three gold medals and one silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Obertilliach. Early on it becomes clear that Laura is an exceptional athlete, because shortly afterwards she can celebrate her first victory in a World Cup relay. In the 2014/15 season, Laura wins her first gold medal at a World Championship, which is by no means her last. In total, she wins gold 7 times, silver 3 times and bronze 5 times at the World Championships, making her the best German biathlete of all time. To crown an impressive career, Laura wins two gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang. In 2019, she ends her active biathlon career at the age of 25. After that, Laura works as a TV expert, among other things.
3 times gold at Junior World Championships and first World Cup victory
In the 2012/13 season Laura, as a member of the Viessmann Junior Team, wins gold three times and silver once at the Junior World Championships in Obertilliach and becomes the most successful athlete of the JWC. As a reward, she is also nominated for the World Championships in Nove Mesto directly afterwards and achieves fifth place there with the relay team. Laura also celebrates her first World Cup victory with the relay team in Sochi this season.
First Olympic participation
This season Laura takes part in the Olympic Games for the first time. However, this time she is denied a medal at the Games in Sochi.
World Cup medals and first individual victory in the World Cup
Having already made it to the top of the podium with the relay team in 2013, Laura celebrates her first individual podium this season with the third place in the sprint in Antholz and even follows it up with her first World Cup victory a short time later. But the big highlight follows at the World Championships in Kontiolahti: relay gold and silver in the pursuit.
Four World Cup victories and another successful World Championship
This season has been the most successful in Laura's career so far: She wins four races in the World Cup and thereby travels to the World Championships in Oslo with a lot of self-confidence. At the famous Holmenkollen, Laura then delivers an excellent performance and wins the complete medal set with gold, silver and bronze three times.
Overall World Cup victory and best German World Championship biathlete of all time
Laura sets new standards again this season. At the World Championships in Hochfilzen she shows an absolute gala performance and secures five gold medals and one silver medal in six races. This makes Laura the most successful German biathlete at world championships of all time. To crown a fabulous season, she also achieves her first overall World Cup victory.
Golden Olympic Games in PyeongChang
Laura is once again in great shape this season, with several podium finishes and a few victories in the World Cup. At the season's highlight, the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, she shows all her class and wins gold in the sprint and pursuit as well as bronze in the individual.
More World Championship medals and an early career ending
The 2018/19 season starts late for Laura due to several injuries. After her comeback she quickly works her way back to the top and records her first victory of the season in Antholz. At the World Championships in Östersund she convinces with two third places despite a cold. At the end of the season, she announces her retirement from competitive sports at the age of only 25.