Normally, this tandem cross-country skiing- and sharp-shooting event is reserved for the sporting elite. Now, in the established biathlon venue Ruhpolding, Bavaria, anyone can take a crack at this test of strength and skill.
Two-time Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier has announced her retirement at the age of 25. The German biathlon professional said she no longer had the motivation to compete at the top level.
Bavaria captivates tourists with its rustic traditions, royal palaces, and, of course, the Alps.
In the past few years, winter sports conditions in Germany have been less than ideal and business has suffered as a result. This year, the snow is back and the slopes are packed.
Severe snowfalls in Austria and France have claimed five lives after the Alps region experienced multiple avalanches. Snow has cut off one German border town, while rail services in Bavaria and Switzerland have been hit.
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