Dorothea Wierer: Queen of Nove Mesto

02.02.2011, Nove Mesto na Morave / IBU Inf. Dept. TO/JK
Victory in Individual Head of Galich and Vigneron
Dorothea Wierer of Italy won the third competition she started in at the IBU Youth and Junior World Championships 2011, earning her the title, “Queen of Nove Mesto.” Despite two penalties, she managed to stay ahead of Olga Galich of Russia and Florie Vigneron of France.

Copyright IBU/Kvetoslav Frgal

Vigneron started with bib number9 and with only one penalty she was in the lead for a long time.  It was not until the Tyrolean Wierer hit the tracks that her name moved down in the ranks. Wierer, who dominated the sprint and the pursuit, was then hunted by Galich who started two positions behind the Italian. She ended up being the only one to attack not only Vigneron but also Wierer’s time.

Fingers Crossed

Vigneron described how she experienced the wait, “Of course I looked at the score board and saw how my name dropped. I really wanted the medal and so I kept my fingers crossed the entire time.” She described being on the podium as, “magical” and was especially happy about her shooting. “I enjoyed my shooting today. This is the first time I shot 19 in a competition.”


Wierer, who missed one more than her two competitors, was 25 seconds ahead of Galich and 1:14.7 ahead of Vigneron. She explained, “I was really tired on the skis today and I knew I had to do shoot well. I know it did not look like that but I was really tired. My ski technicians then told me that I was number 1”.

She will leave Nove Mesto with good memories, “I hope to come back for the World Championships in two years. I really hope so.”

Other Dimension

Galich, last year’s youth individual world champion, first clarified the pronunciation of her name, “Galich with tsh,” she said with a wide smile. When asked to compare her world championship medals, she said, “I am happy about every time I am on the podium. It is harder at the junior level; it’s like a whole different dimension.”

In Nove Mesto she seemingly worked her way towards the medal ranks, with 11th in the sprint, 4th in the pursuit and then second today. But she explained, “My sprint was very bad, I had three misses and with that you cannot be anywhere near the top in a sprint. My pursuit was better but I still did not make it to the podium. Today was very good for me.”

As for the junior men’s competition earlier today, there was a slight but gusty wind at the shooting range. Not one of the girls stayed flawless and the only one beside Galich and Vigneron to miss just one was Audrey Vaillancourt from Canada who finished eleventh.

Fourth went to Juliya Dhzyma of the Ukraine with two penalties, 1:53.0 back. She finished ahead of Svetlana Perminova of Russia with three penalties, 2:06.4 back. Carolin Leunig of Germany in sixth place matched the Russian at the shooting range. Elisa Gasparin of Switzerland with two penalties and Tiril Eckhoff from Norway with four penalties rounded out the top 8.