“It’s incredible. It’s so beautiful, ”was the first reaction of the new world champion, who had put the golden cherry on her already historic World Cup cake, in an interview with ORF. In contrast to the relay, in which the shooting range did not go as desired, the Tyrolean didn’t miss anything this time. “I scored zero four times, that was the basic requirement. On the last lap I already had a grin on my face. Everyone cheered me on. Everything is still so much, I still can’t believe it. I’m so happy, I’ll enjoy it now, ”said Hauser.
With her gala performance after Wolfgang Rottmann in Oslo in 2000 in the individual competition and Dominik Landertinger in the mass start in 2009 in Pyeongchang, the 27-year-old Tyrolean provided Austria with only the third World Cup gold in biathlon. Hauser’s third medal in Pokljuka was the 21st Austrian in the history of biathlon world championships. “It was so incredibly nice that they played that for me. I almost cried under the mask, ”said Hauser after the award ceremony.
Concentrated until the end
Hauser had already written domestic sporting history with her silver medal in the pursuit, after Andrea Grossegger’s sprint bronze was the only women’s medal in biathlon at the World Cup premiere in 1984. “Everything that’s going on is insane. I try to enjoy it as best as possible ”, wrangled Hauser, who had celebrated her first podium in the World Cup this year and also her first World Cup victory in the individual competition at the World Cup dress rehearsal in Antholz.
In the Pokljuka singles, Hauser narrowly missed another medal in fourth place a few days ago – and drew the right conclusions from that. If the Tyrolean missed the last two targets in the last standing shooting over 15 km, this time she kept her focus at the shooting range until the end. “I had in mind, don’t do it like in the singles and don’t miss the last two, and then I shot down a quiet series,” said the newly crowned world champion.