The four-time Beijing Olympic champion Johannes Thingnes BÖ finishes the biathlon season prematurely. The 28-year-old Norwegian will no longer participate in the outstanding World Cups in the Finnish Kontiolahti and Otepääääs / Estonia and the home races on Oslo. “Both physically and mentally was the last year in terms of corona measures and preparation for the Olympic Games particularly challenging. Since the last games in 2018, there was no room for a longer break, so I take a break now for The next four years to Olympia 2026 in Antholz are well prepared and highly motivated to be, “said BÖ on Monday in a dressing announcement.
The twelve world champion BÖ, which was four times gold and once bronze the most successful athlete of the Beijing games, is in the World Cup in front of the last three stations only in the fifth place. He has as good as no chance to get the fourth overall victory in series. “Of course, we respect the decision of John and understand that the last year was exhausting. He wants to stay in shape and has already set the World Cups’ victory as a destination in the next season,” said Chef coach by Arne Botnan.
The biathlets start this Thursday in Kontilahti / Finland. The last season races rise on 20 March in Oslo.