Mario Dolder is a Swiss biathlete who was born on the 22nd of June 1990. He won a Youth/Junior World Championships bronze medal in the Sprint race in Canmore in 2009. His best result on the World Cup is 16th place from the Sprint race in Holmenkollen in 2015. He has taken part in 4 World Championships and his best overall finish in the Total Score is 46th which he achieved in Season 2014/15. He missed the first part of last season with an injury but came back to finish the season well.
Why did you decide to become a biathlete?
I love to be active in nature and doing sports. My parents taught me cross-country skiing. I did some races and once I tried biathlon. I had a lot of fun and decided to start a biathlon career.
How do you assess last season? Were you pleased with your results?
In summer 2015 I had two knee injuries and lost a lot of power. Therefore my first race was in Ruhpolding in January. My shape wasn’t good and the races were bad. In February my shape was much better and I was 24th two times in Presque Isle…pretty good results for me.
What have you already done for summer training and what is the plan until the season starts?
We have had a good summer of training with the Swiss-Team. We trained a lot in Andermatt, our training base, but also in Crete, Antholz, Obertilliach, Ruhpolding and Oberhof.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Prone Shooting, Sprint races
Weakness: My inconsistency
What are your goals for this season?
A Top 15 finish on the World Cup.
To finish in the Top 40 on the World Cup overall.
The Swiss men’s team is improving. Do you think you can do well in the relays next season?
We are looking forward to the relays. Especially in the relay at the World Championships in Hochfilzen. We will try to beat our best result from Kontiolahti (7th).
You took part in the Single Mixed Relay in Canada. Do you like this new event?
For me it is a fun competition for entertainment, but not needed on the World Cup.
You have your own fan club! Do they come to a lot of races? Can you hear them on the tracks?
Normally they visit two or three races each season. The support is very good! For sure…they are the loudest of all. 😉
Do you have a favourite biathlon track? Where is it and why?
Antholz. I love the profile and the landscape.
Who is your favourite biathlete (past or present) and why?
Berni Leitinger (AUT)- he had a really serious illness two years ago. But he fought like a lion, and now he is back on the track! RESPECT!!!
Does your rifle have a name?
Describe yourself in three words.
Focused, calm, good-humoured.
Quick fire Questions:
Favourite biathlon nation (not your own): Belgium
Favourite rifle design (any biathlete): Anton Shipulin
Favourite shooting range: Pokljuka
Lucky bib number: 22
Funniest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Kauri Koiv
Nicest biathlete on the World/IBU Cup: Alexia Runggaldier
Best thing about being a biathlete: Season-End Party in Khanty 😉
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