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Biathlon heroine Denise Herrmann with a message to Manuel Neuer

Denise Herrmann sensationally won the gold medal in the biathlon singles at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. At the moment of her greatest success, the ski hunter thanked her for the numerous congratulations – and also thought of Manuel Neuer, the captain of record-breaking soccer champions FC Bayern.

The new Olympic champion Denise Herrmann was received in the German quarters after her sensational gold race to the frenetic cheering of her teammates.

The 33-year-old won by more than nine seconds ahead of Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet from France, bronze went to World Cup leader Marte Olsbu Røiseland from Norway.

“It’s still unbelievable,” Herrmann said one day after her Olympic victory in an interview with “ntv”. “The fact that I can experience all this, with the whole team, makes it extremely nice. That’s what makes the sport.”

Only a few believed her to win, Herrmann is currently only 18th in the Biathlon World Cup. “The season didn’t go so well for me either,” she confessed. Mentally, too, the setbacks this winter were “not easy”. But before the Olympic individual, she “didn’t put herself under any pressure of expectation”, which was a decisive factor in the race.

FC Bayern: Denise Herrmann sends greetings to Manuel Neuer

Herrmann was overwhelmed by the congratulations that she received after her Olympic coup. “There were so many reactions, it’s crazy.” She was particularly pleased to celebrate the success with her trainers and long-term companions.

Congratulations also came from home. Captain Manuel Neuer from FC Bayern was one of the German sports stars who congratulated the Olympic champion.

Herrmann promptly sent the greetings back via Instagram: “Hey Manu, thank you for the congratulations. I hope you’ll be fine soon. Get well soon.”

Neuer is currently in the hospital after an operation on his knee. FC Bayern may have to do without the goalkeeper for up to six weeks.

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