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Title fights in Oberhof: Biathlete Voigt before the start of the home World Cup: there is excitement

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A year ago at the Olympics, Vanessa Voigt’s debut went completely wrong. At the start of the World Championships in Oberhof, she definitely wants to do better.

Vanessa Voigt still has an open account. Because at the Winter Games in Beijing last year, the biathlete experienced a debacle at her Olympic premiere.

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“I still have something open after the Olympics with the mixed relay, it’s already a challenge,” said the 25-year-old before the start of the world championships (2:45 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport). In Oberhof, where she lives, Voigt will start the race again, followed by Denise Herrmann-Wick, Roman Rees and Benedikt Doll.

“The excitement is there,” said Voigt, who wants to do better than a year ago in front of the home crowd in the Arena am Rennsteig. In Beijing, the normally confident shooter did not get along at all and had to run a penalty loop after both the prone and standing stages. Only in 15th place did she hand over to Herrmann-Wick – the fight for a medal was over before it really started. In the end, fifth place jumped out.

Advice from Denise Herrmann-Wick

Nevertheless, Voigt is happy that she witnessed the games in the Far East. “Because I learned a lot there, I’ll take that with me,” she said. In addition, Herrmann-Wick always gives her advice, “which of course I accept. I do believe that I can be an important part of the relay. Of course, that makes me proud to have a relay position,” said the Olympic fourth-placed individual. Over the 15 kilometers she missed out on the bronze medal by just 1.3 seconds.

Before the home title fights, she already feels a “different” pressure. I think you just have to handle him well, then it’ll be fine. I can go into the World Championships with a good feeling,” said Voigt, who was in Livigno for a week after the last World Cup in Antholz and was preparing for the World Championships there. Her goals? “I would be happy with the World Championships, when I can pull off my best performance and at the end I see it on paper, I gave it my all in running and in shooting I did my best, which I pull off consistently.”

Source: Stern

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