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Biathlon hiking bird Ricco Groß has already worked in Germany, Russia, Austria and Slovenia. © APA (archive) / EXPA/STEFAN ADELSBERGER

German biathlon legend is drawn to the Black Sea

Ricco Groß becomes the new coach of the Bulgarian national biathlon team. It is intended to get the Eastern Europeans fit for the 2026 Olympics.

The four-time Olympic champion will receive a contract until the end of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Milan, as the Bulgarian association announced on its homepage. In the statement, the German was described as a “living legend of global biathlon.”


In April, Groß announced his surprising departure as Slovenian head coach. His four-year contract, which was actually dated until 2026, was ended prematurely, as the 53-year-old said Traunstein daily newspaper said. The nine-time world champion took up this leadership position in 2022.

During his coaching career, the Ruhpolding native was also responsible for women in the German association, as well as in Russia and Austria.

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