His last Job as a professional biathlete has done for Michael Rösch with flying colors. Ten shots, ten hits, and at the end of his 7.5 kilometers, he sent his Belgian squadron colleagues Claude Florent at Position eight on the track. “I was so grateful that I have with no spare rounds to get through. I’ve adopted worthy,“ said the dial-a Belgian, from Saxony, deeply moved. While the 16,000 spectators watched the exciting battle between the German and Norwegian Quartet, the final runner John gust against Benedikt Doll, but then clearly won, “is losgerattert for me, the whole movie,” said old Berger. The images of a career.

Claus Dieterle

sports editor.

F. A. Z.

For roses, once from the ore mountains, set out to conquer the biathlon world, has closed on the Friday of the circle. In the Chiemgau Arena, he has won in 2006 with the German season with his first world Cup victory. “Ruhpolding is for me a very emotional place because it came there to the introduction of a beautiful career,” he says. What is to stop? Rösch is the father in the beginning of March: This is the “main reason, to leave the love of my life, Biathlon, and me in my new and hopefully healthy family to turn to”. With 35 years, he can feel his age in the circle of young top athletes.

in November Rösch his girlfriend wrote from the training camps, a Whatsapp, a short while after his decision was made. “Just the day I do my heart rate monitor to train, and it says: battery empty.” Rösch took it as a confirmation that it was a “beautiful time”. But it is difficult for him. There it is, under whose schnodderiger surface of a sensitive heart. One who is known for rough spells, often below the belt line and not always politically correct. Some of the faux pas he slipped out. In 2008, after the group draw for the football championship in 2008, was Rösch asked on television after the German chances. His assessment: “in Croatia, we shoot, Austria is anyway not an obstacle, and if the poles don’t steal the balls, then we go from there.” It was only when he saw the horror in the face of the DSV spokesman, he seen the light. The Polish complaint came promptly. Rösch shot many a buck, but he has never bend. That’s why he is with colleagues, competitors and Fans of popular.

he was valiantly up to the stubbornness. As in 2012, when a falling out with the German ski Association (DSV). At the latest after the Olympic relay victory in 2006, he was with his 22 years of coming Biathlon-Heros. Confirm he never could. 2010 roses disappeared in the absence of power even in second-rate IBU-Cup. In 2012, he fought back, but was not taken into account for the home world Championships in Ruhpolding. The time was ripe for a Nations currency exchange. He opted for the Biathlon Diaspora in Belgium, because someone had told that he would within three months of a passport. But it was not enough for the Olympics 2014.

“, This time was hell for me,” says Rösch. The old sponsors were gone for a long time, in order to Finance his love for Biathlon, he sold even his house. So a season is the cost per Athlete is approximately € 60,000. Because Belgium had only Amateur-like structures, he went for Training for asylum at the Swiss Association. Then a long injury break stopped him. “I had nothing, no money, no future, no perspective, but I freed myself out of the hole somehow. I have never given up hope and I hope that I have inspired a few people.“ In 2016, he showed up again.