Philipp Horn - Biathlon
Bronze at World Championships
Five podium finishes in the World Cup
Four-time German champion
Armed forces athlete
SV Eintracht Frankenhain
Slacklining, ski touring, skiing, racing bike, MTB, gravel bike. I like pretty much anything that has to do with cycling – I also enjoy watching the pros.
- Role model
I can’t think of a single individual I would call my role model. But of course, I’ve learned a lot from some amazing people.
- What's important to me
Spending time with my family and my girlfriend is very important to me. I am thankful that we are all alive and well, and I hope we will remain so for a very, very long time.
It also makes me stronger to have a solid, loyal partner at my side for all the other challenges that lie ahead. Thanks, Viessmann!
At only four years old, Philipp tries cross-country skiing in his home club SV Eintracht Frankenhain; just a few years later he also starts biathlon training. After graduating from high school in 2014, he joins the sports training group of the German Armed Forces. Starting in 2018, Philipp trains with the World Cup team in Oberhof, making his World Cup debut at Pokljuka in the 2018/19 season, where he finishes seventh with the mixed relay team. At the World Cup 2020 in Antholz, he and his team members win the bronze medal in the relay competition.
Vice youth world champion
At the Youth World Championships in Obertilliach, Philipp becomes vice youth world champion with the relay team and thus secures his first international success.
Victorious in the German Cup and Alpencup
Philipp secures the overall victory in the 2014 Alpencup and the overall victory in the German Cup in both 2014 and 2015.
German champion and first events in the IBU Cup
In 2016, Philipp becomes German champion with the German men’s relay team in Oberhof. He also competes in the IBU Cup for the first time and manages to secure second place in pursuit.
Additional events in the IBU Cup
Philipp competes in the IBU Cup again this season and makes it into the top 10 three times.
Bronze at the European Championship
Philipp wins the bronze medal in individual at the 2018 European Championships in Ridnaun.
Medal at the European Championships, World Cup debut
Philipp becomes two-time German champion in relay and in mass start in 2018. Due to his successes the prior season and his outstanding performance at the German Championships, Philipp is given his first opportunity to compete in the World Cup at the beginning of the season. He also wins the silver medal in the mixed relay at the 2019 European Championships in Minsk.
World Championship bronze, first top 10 placement
At the World Cup in Oberhof, Philipp takes sixth place in mass start and thus secures his first top 10 placement in an individual competition in the World Cup. At the subsequent 2020 World Championships in Antholz, Philipp wins the bronze medal in the relay competition alongside Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Erik Lesser.
A season with ups and downs
The season starts with a bitter setback for Philipp: He has to cancel the first World Cup in Kontiolahti due to illness. At his delayed start of the season in Hochfilzen, he can cross the finish line for the first time as the final runner of a German World Cup relay team in third place. During the rest of the season, Philipp will compete in the World Cup; unfortunately, at the European Championships in Duszniki Zdroj he will not be able to qualify for the World Championships in Slovenia. Instead, he competes in the IBU Cup and can convince there with good performances. Towards the end of the season he returns to the World Cup team.
Further ups and downs
At the start of the season, Philipp is again part of the World Cup team, but the good results fail to materialize, so that he competes in the IBU Cup again. At the European Championships on the Arber, Philipp convinces with the silver medal in the mixed relay. However, Philipp is not able to qualify for the season's highlight, the Olympic Games in Beijing. Through good results in the IBU Cup, he repeatedly wins World Cup starts. One of the season's highlights is the third place with the relay team in Antholz.