On the final round, the dwindling forces of the Biathlon king in the final, and it was noted Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, a good hour after his impressive farewell. Freshly lagged behind the 44-year-old Norwegian showered the corridor of the team hotel along, to forget about it, all the hardships of his last race. “It was unbelievable,” said the people’s hero after his impressive performance in the Schalke football arena.
Together with his wife, Darya Domracheva, Björndalen, who ran at the World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen, more than half a year after his resignation, on the strong third place – and was surprised, even a little. “I had no strength in the body, there was nothing in it,” admitted the eight Olympic gold medals decorated Champion with a grin. “But we were able to run in spite of our Form.”
The victory of the Italians Lukas Hofer and Dorothea Wierer of the Norwegian folk hero had been intercepted before 46.142 enthusiastic spectators on the last lap of Benedikt Doll, and on the fourth place. However, the Sprint champion of the world waited in front of the goal on the legend, and gave Bjoerndalen in the traditional Mixed relay competition the place on the podium.
“it was a very nice gesture,” said Bjoerndalen. The Belarusian Domracheva, who had resigned as her husband after the Winter Olympics, he had been preparing since November for the winter spectacle in the Ruhr area. “Not as good” as Björndalen admitted. Nevertheless, it was enough to the Best in the world compete. “Hats off to him, he is a pretty impressive Person for every athlete,” said Franziska Preuß.