German biathlete Franziska Preuss left the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games with an extra heavy suitcase thanks to the four medals she collected (three gold and one silver).
The experience only solidified her love for the sport and, since the YOG, Franziska, 19, has gone from strength to strength. This year, she went home with an equally impressive medal haul from the 2013 Junior World Championships, with one gold (team relay) and two bronze medals (10km pursuit and 12.5km individual) to her name.
In between willing medals, she found some time to answer our questions:
What do you love about your sport?
I love biathlon so much, because you have to give everything on the tracks and then you have to be focused at the shooting range. I think this sport is very special, because every race could end differently, because of running AND shooting ;-) I really like it :-).
What are your next sporting ambitions?
My next ambitions are to improve my running and my shooting and then I will see :-)
How did you get into your sport?
I got a gift coupon from my parents to test biathlon when I was 15. Since then I have done everything for this sport :-)
What did you learn at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck?
I learnt a lot there, for example to compete in front of a big audience and also how to deal with the media. I also met a lot of new people.
Tell us about an average training day?
Now I am aiming for the Olympic Games, I can push harder during my training, because this goal is always in my head ;-)
How do you balance sport, education, social life etc?
Last year it was hard to handle school, training and social life, but since June 2012 I am finished with school and now I can completely focus on sport. And I still make time for my friends.
Who inspires you?
Martin Fourcade (French biathlete, five-time world champion and silver medallist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games)