Since finishing her first Olympic Games in Sochi where she placed no better than 13th in an individual event, Laura Dahlmeier roared back onto the biathlon scene winning 13 world championship medals over the past three years. In that medal haul, seven were gold. Three of those golds were won in individual events and five were won at the 2017 World Biathlon Championships alone.
At the end of her 2016-17 World Cup campaign, Dahlmeier finished first atop three biathlon World Cup point standings, taking home the overall, pursuit and individual crystal globe trophies.
Dahlmeier’s dominance has sent her name to the top of the list of medal contenders heading to PyeongChang in biathlon and she came through with an impressive performance in PyeongChang. Dahlmeier won two golds and a bronze.
When she was young, Dahlmeier wanted to be an alpine ski racer. Dahlmeier first picked up a biathlon rifle when she was seven years old. In a seemingly mature decision for a kid under the age of 10, she says within two years of first trying biathlon she chose to give up alpine skiing. Little did she know, it was a direction that would eventually lead her to her greatest athletic achievements on snow.