The numbers tell a clear story. 47% of all medals were won on Fischer Speedmax 3D skis; 45% were won in Fischer Speedmax skate boots; and 71% were won with the TURNAMIC® Bindings set-up. That means almost every second medal winner relied on a full Fischer set-up for their success.
The Top Performer
The races themselves offered the best possible advertising for the sport of biathlon. They were exciting and offered a few interesting storylines, like the always impressive Thingnes Bø securing multiple world champion titles despite his recent paternity break from the sport, as he packed three gold and three silver medals in his luggage for the trip home to Norway. “These were fantastic, successful world championships here in Antholz. Our servicemen did an unbelievable job in getting us skis that were excellently prepped for every race,” said Johannes Thingnes Bø, the top performer of these championships jubilantly. “It was still really tough, though, so I’m looking forward to a few days with my family to just recover.”
An Outstanding Level of Success
Quentin Fillon Maillet was equally pleased with the performance of the Speedmax 3D skis he wore on his leg of a winning French relay team, also in winning the silver in Sprint and Mass Start. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)* had a tough go of the shooting, but the amiable Norwegian was still able to secure two championship titles in the Mixed Relay and the Relay. A gold and a silver by Norway’s Tarjei Bø*, along with German teammates Denise Herrmann* and Franziska Preuss* each taking two silvers, added to the luster of Fischer’s overall tally. Sweden’s Hanna Öberg* was finally able to reach the podium in the final event, the Mass Start. After two fourth place finishes in Individual and Pursuit, taking the bronze medal was all the more satisfying. “After coming so close, so many times in these championships, this bronze counts more than any other medal I’ve won. Winning it in the final event makes it even more special.” Among the pleasant surprises were the Sprint silver won by the USA’s Susan Dunklee*, the Sprint bronze of the Czech Republic’s Lucie Charvatova*, and Austria’s Dominik Landertinger** taking the bronze in Individual.
Positive Overall Results
Gerhard Urain, Nordic race director at Fischer, sees the world championships as an overall very positive result. “From our side, we’re very happy with these championships. The results speak for themselves. There could’ve been a little more there, even, if some really rough patches in the shooting had matched the excellent skiing for some of our athletes. We had introduced a lot of new gear and have gotten excellent feedback on it. This confirms the work we put in on the development process and will be extremely important in our further developments.”
* Successful with Fischer skis, bindings and boots
** Successful with Fischer skis and bindings