Östersund (dpa) - In March Laura Dahlmeier won in Östersund nor the last two of her 15 World Cup medals, at the start of the season on Saturday at the same place, the German biathletes must get along without them.

After the resignation of the now 26-year-old, a lot will change in the German team. The hopes for a positive future are great. To kick off this weekend in Sweden, the mixed relay and sprint races on the program.

ARE YOU WITHOUT LAURA DAHLMEIER STILL GERMAN WINS POSSIBLE?

Yes. In Denise Herrmann and Arnd Peiffer, two current world champions are in the lead. Even the recovering Simon Schempp, Benedikt Doll or Erik Lesser were already world champions and are well able to consistently deliver top results. Dahlmeier's title and triumphs overshadowed much in recent years, but the German team is not without top performers there. The fact is, however, the seven-time World Champion and double Olympic champion can not (yet) replace Equal. That can only succeed in a team. Even the very young offspring are still lacking.

WHAT MAKES LAURA DAHLMEIER NOW ACTIVE?

A resignation at age 25 is unusual - and offers Dahlmeier many opportunities. The Garmisch-Partenkirchner has enrolled at the TU München in the degree program Sports Science. In addition, she completed a coach education, although a job in the German Ski Association is not an option. In the middle of the month, she made her debut at the Mountain Running World Championships in Argentina and took 27th place. The double Olympic champion will not leave biathlon and work as a TV expert at ZDF this winter - for the first time at the last World Cup of the Year in France Le Grand Bornand.

WHO WILL DETERMINE THE SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THIS SEASON?

For the men, everything is focused on a duel between the Norwegian overall World Cup winner Johannes Thingnes Bö and the dethroned Dominator Martin Fourcade. After a weak preseason, the former permanent winner from France wants to attack again. For the women, overall winner Dorothea Wierer and her Italian compatriot Lisa Vittozzi will be favored before the first races. The Saxon Herrmann could, however, be at the forefront of more consistent shooting performance, as did Tiril Eckhoff from Norway.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON?

The World Cup will take place from 13 to 23 February 2020 in Antholz. The races in the height of South Tyrol are almost a home game for the Germans. Thousands of German fans will be there when it comes to medals. In addition, as usual, there will be two home World Cups in Germany. These will take place from 9 to 12 January in the Thuringian Oberhof and from 15 to 19 January 2020 in Ruhpolding, Bavaria. The World Cup Final will be in Oslo at the end of March. In total, there are 68 races in ten different locations.

WHERE ARE THE BIATHLON RACES DISPLAYED ON TELEVISION?

With the transfers ARD and ZDF alternate. The kick-off is the ARD, in the second week in Östersund then takes over the ZDF. Biathlon continues to be the focus of broadcasts at public broadcasters. For the favorite winter sports of the Germans with a guaranteed audience of millions, a lot of airtime is allocated for competitions and analyzes. On average, more than 3.7 million people watched last season and regularly generated market shares of over 20 percent. You can also see the competitions at Eurosport.

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