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Dorothea Wierer has recently suffered several setbacks. © Social Media

What's wrong with Dorothea Wierer?

Dorothea Wierer is currently the big absentee in the Biathlon World Cup. A few days ago she gave her fans another scare and will also miss the upcoming World Cup stage. What's going on with South Tyrol's biathlon superstar?

Things are magical for Dorothea Wierer at the moment. This became clear once again on Instagram a few days ago. In the morning, the 33-year-old posted a snapshot of her training on cross-country skis, followed in the evening by a photo in which the fever meter showed an elevated temperature. Wierer has caught a cold – again.

It wasn't until mid-December that the biathlon superstar had to pull the ripcord in Lenzerheide due to illness and leave early. Wierer was also missing from the first World Cup stage of the new year in Oberhof. So what is the state of affairs for the ski hunter?

Dorothea Wierer has struggled recently. © APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH

“Doro had a difficult time,” says Klaus Höllrigl, the sports director of Italy’s biathlon team SportNews. “She became ill in Norway before the first World Cup race, and then it also caught her at the beginning of the season. Because there are no more cancellation results this year, Doro still wanted to start. In hindsight, that probably wasn't our best decision. She got cold again and so we had to pull the ripcord in Lenzerheide. It just doesn’t help.”

Planned return to Antholz

Wierer returned home and put his skis and rifle away for a few days shortly before Christmas. The two-time overall World Cup winner then slowly resumed training. The fact that Wierer got a slight fever again is a small setback, but it doesn't mess up the comeback plan. “Our plan from the start was that Doro would only return to Antholz,” says Höllrigl. Wierer will be missing in Ruhpolding next weekend and is aiming for a comeback on January 19th, when the first competition takes place in Antholz.
“Doro was very frustrated.” Klaus Höllrigl

In any case, the situation is taking a toll on the biathlete's spirit. “At the beginning of the season, Doro was very frustrated because she didn't know such a situation. Since she has been active in the World Cup, she has constantly completed races at a high level. “In the meantime, Doro is looking forward with a fighting spirit,” assures Höllrigl.

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