It wasn’t a hit, it was one, two, three,. . . 10,. . . 15th . . 20 shots, which Lisa Hauser placed perfectly in the mass start at the Biathlon World Cup in Pokljuka and which earned her the crowning glory in the final competition: First world champion from Austria, only the third World Cup gold medal for Austria after Dominik Landertinger in 2009 and Wolfgang Rottmann in 2000.
With this success, Hauser, who had already won silver in the pursuit and in the mixed relay, not only advanced to one of the most successful athletes in the title fights in the Slovenian biathlon sports Mecca, but also outshone the alpine athletes that day the world championships held in parallel in Cortina in the final slalom were celebrated with a surprise silver medal from Adrian Pertl.
“It was incredibly nice to hear the anthem,” said Hauser, who on the occasion could not really decide whether she should laugh or shed tears of joy. “It is really cool that I am now one of the big players.”
“You have to savor it a little and enjoy it.”
But as sensational as their triumph was, it was hardly surprising for many of the competitors. Because Hauser’s successes are not a one-day flyer, as she has proven several times this season. If she had already run into the top ten several times before, this year her breakthrough to the absolute top of the world with regular top three placements and her first World Cup victory was achieved. And that doesn’t mean that the goals will decrease even after the historic gold win, on the contrary.
After a small celebration in the family circle on their return home – there is of course not a big reception due to Corona, “but you have to savor it a bit and enjoy it” – as well as a few days of relaxation, focus on the remaining World Cup competitions, in which crystal could be added to the medals.
After a total of seven podium places in the last ten races – the World Cup results count towards the World Cup ranking – she is on her way to the top three in the overall World Cup, and on the ball course in the mass start ranking. “We shimmy from goal to goal. It’s a new situation for Lisa, we will see that we can cushion that a little this week,” says head coach Markus Fischer, who like shooting coach Gerald Hönig his share of the recent successes – just like the synergies that are used with the gentlemen.
“It’s nice to be at the start and know that you have a chance in every competition.”
Fischer does not believe that there is now a risk of a break-in anyway, the basis at Hauser – who has always been a strong and fast shooter and has mainly worked on her running form in the summer – is too good. Just like the 27-year-old from Tyrol and the rest of the team, Fischer and men’s head coach Ricco Groß hope that the World Cup will also provide general impetus for the domestic biathlon scene.
In the coming year there are Olympic Games in which veteran Simon Eder, who was fourth in the mass start on Sunday just barely able to reward himself with precious metal for an impressive performance, still wants to play a role, in a few days the Junior Home World Championships in Obertilliach.
Hauser herself is apparently coping well with her new role as a leader. She does not see any particular pressure on her. With her first podium finish, her first win and her World Cup medals, she has already exceeded expectations this season. “It’s nice when you’re at the start and know that you have chances in every competition,” she says.(art / what)