Darya Domracheva on Life, Dreams and a Hero

17.12.2011, Hochfilzen / IBu Info JK TV Video Interview
At this early stage of a new biathlon season, only two women have stood on the top rung of the podium more than once, Germany’s Magdalena Neuner and Darya Domracheva of Belarus.

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Twice as Many Victories

For Domracheva, her two wins so far doubled her total of one from last season, which came in the final competition of the year, the Oslo mass start. From the way she has started the new season, that total should swell as the year progresses.


Domracheva’s win in last Saturday’s pursuit and her second place in the sprint on Friday exemplify her determination to be the best. Last week she fell back after a penalty in the first standing stage, but came back to clean the next stage and held off Neuner and Olga Zaitseva on the tough uphill finish in Hochfilzen. In Friday’s sprint, she again was in a hole with two penalties, with one more penalty than Helena Ekholm, but again showed determination and strength to take the lead. Zaitseva this time had one less penalty and flew around the tracks to push the Belarusian into second. After the competition, Domracheva calmly explained that the penalties did not put the podium out of reach. She lives by a simple philosophy, “You must always believe in yourself. It means that you must never give up.”


In a fascinating interview earlier this week, she explained how her coach Klaus Siebert, struggling with health problems earlier this year inspires her and her teammates on a daily basis.


Although the consummate athlete, she is a multi-dimensional caring, young woman, curious about everything around her and always looking forward. “You never know what the new day will bring.”

Big Dreams

Already an Olympic and World Championships medalist, the 25-year-old Domracheva continues to dream of bigger goals, “to be World Champion and win the Overall World Cup.”

In an interview earlier just before the start of World Cup 3 in Hochfilzen, she sat down with TV and talked about her life outside of the sport, her dreams and her hero, Siebert.