Johannes Kühn is a German biathlete. He was born in Passau on the 19th of November 1991. His Junior career was pretty successful winning 4 gold medals and 2 silver. Last year was his best so far on the World Cup finishing 28th in the Total Score and achieving a personal best finish of 5th. He also qualified and competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
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Why did you become a biathlete?
When I was young I played soccer and started with cross-country skiing.
One year later I switched from cross-country to biathlon and stayed there. 😉 I played soccer for several years but I was never that good. 😉
You got your career best result of 5th in the Antholz Mass Start. What are your memories from that race and how did you feel at the end?
I was happy after the race, for sure. 🙂 It was the last chance to qualify for the Olympic Games, that made it even more special!
I remember very well the last lap with Benni (Doll) and great emotions at the finish!
Last year was your first full season racing on the World Cup and your results improved a lot. What made the difference last season?
It was also my first season after my last injury so I did not know what to expect from the season. I think I had a good start and my shooting was most of the time better than the previous years.
You also qualified for the Olympics for the first time. What was that experience like?
The experience was great there, the team was very successful and I could start in a race. That was great, on the other side compared to World Cup races the atmosphere was not that good in the stadium.
What is it like having Andi Stitzl at the side of the tracks when you are racing? Can you even understand what he is saying when he is shouting and running at the same time? 😉
It is motivating most of the time. 😉 If you feel bad and he tells you the start was too slow… then it is not good. 😀
Yes usually it is good to understand, just at some certain places like Birxstieg it is hard to understand someone.
What have you already done for summer training and what is the plan up until December?
We have been on some camps, including one cycling camp which I have never done before, but it was nice in the south of France.
Then we had the German Championships and now the final preparation towards the winter is on. Soon we will go to Sjusjoen for our last camp before the races.
What are your goals for this season?
My goal is to ski like last year and improve my shooting.
Do you have any hobbies away from biathlon?
Soccer, Mountain Bike, Cinema.
Do you have a favourite biathlon track? Where is it and why?
My favourite track is Obertilliach, I like the atmosphere, the people and the village there.
Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?
Mh… I think Raphael Poiree or Emil Hegle Svendsen because I like their style of skiing.
Does your rifle have a name?
Describe yourself in three words.
Tall, funny, realistic.
Quick fire Questions:
Favourite biathlon nation (not your own): Norway
Favourite ski suit design (from any nation): The blue Italian suit.
Favourite shooting range: Osrblie
Funniest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Benni Doll
Nicest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Mario Dolder because of Bankso 2013.
Best thing about being a biathlete: Doing what you love and travelling around the world.
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