Biathlon: Lesser does without the Olympic dress rehearsal

Biathlete Erik Lesser will forego the Olympic dress rehearsal in Antholz (January 20th to 23rd) and instead recharge his batteries at home with his family. “I skip Antholz because the races are no longer relevant for our qualification,” said the veteran. The additional strain of competitions, followed by a high-altitude training camp in South Tyrol and the exertion of travel also played a role.

After the Olympic outfit on Monday in Munich, Lesser will stay with his partner Nadine and daughter Anouk in Oberhof next week. “I feel relatively safe at home. We are all 2GPlus and have no family contact,” explained the 33-year-old, referring to the risk of corona: “The only gateway is the kindergarten.”

Before the Olympic Games in Beijing (February 4 to 20), a corona infection would have serious consequences. “Now you can no longer afford quarantine,” said Lesser, whose teammate Johannes Kühn, who tested positive, is currently missing the home World Cup in Ruhpolding.

Benedikt Doll is also worried about a possible infection. “You think about it. It always bothers you and it’s pretty tiring,” said the 31-year-old, who sensationally finished second in the sprint on Thursday and is planning to start in Antholz.


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