Biathlon Olympic champion Fritz Fischer has criticized the promotion of young German skiers.
“I think the boys could be challenged more. Just look at FC Bayern: Julian Nagelsmann lets 16-year-old Paul Wanner play. In our biathlon, on the other hand, a 20-year-old says: Yes, he is because so far?” said the 65-year-old to the “Münchner Merkur” and the “tz”.
In Germany there are many young biathletes and enough good talent, “but their quality is the other thing,” said Fischer, who won Olympic gold in Albertville in 1992 as the final runner in the relay. The overall World Cup winner in 1988 demanded more personal responsibility from the young athletes.
“From a certain age, they simply have to challenge themselves,” said Fischer: “There must also be fun at the higher level of exertion. The athletes have to say to themselves: We have to run faster, we have to shoot with concentration, that’s my job .”
Before the home World Cup in Ruhpolding, which will take place without spectators for the first time after last year’s cancellation due to the strict Corona regulations in Bavaria, Fischer tried to remain optimistic. “Whine isn’t going to get us any further. Despite everything negative, I have the feeling that there are a few bruises in the sky again,” he said.