Roman Rees - Biathlon
Vice world champion
Fourth place at the Olympic Games
Eight podium finishes in the World Cup
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At the age of seven, Roman begins parallel training in both cross-country skiing and biathlon with SV Schauinsland. In 2008 he wins the overall ranking of the DSV Schülercup and moves to the ski boarding school in Furtwangen. Three years later he gains his first international experience at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Liberec. Roman competes regularly in the IBU Cup beginning in 2017, the same year that he makes his first World Cup appearance in Finland and achieves a podium finish together with Laura Dahlmeier in the single mixed relay. At the 2019 World Cup in Östersund, Roman secures the silver medal with the German men’s relay team. In the 2019/20 season Roman has several starts in the World Cup. A year later he is a permanent member of the World Cup team and achieves his best individual result with a tenth place at the 2021 World Championships on the Pokljuka. The following season continues to go well with the highlight being the qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing. There Roman convinces with three top 10 results.
Junior world champion
This season, Roman becomes junior world champion in relay in Presque Isle.
Medal in the German Championships, World Cup debut
Roman wins the silver medal in the pursuit race at the German Championships in Altenberg in 2016, and makes his World Cup debut in Östersund the same year, where he takes 48th place in individual. He participates in the World Cup again in 2017. Roman competes in the single mixed relay in Kontiolahti with Laura Dahlmeier and takes third place, his first podium finish in the World Cup.
Lost chance at the Olympics
Roman’s first competition of the season is the IBU Cup. His exceptional performance qualifies him for the World Cup, in which he competes after the new year. After an impressive fourth place in individual in Ruhpolding, he qualifies for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and is supposed to take the place of Benedikt Doll, who is on a break, in the individual race. Unfortunately, Roman falls ill and misses out on the opportunity to compete in the Olympics.
Vice world champion, two World Cup podium finishes
At the 2019 World Championships in Östersund, Roman wins silver in the relay competition alongside Arnd Peiffer, Benedikt Doll and Erik Lesser. He makes it to the podium twice in the World Cup this season.
A focus on the IBU Cup
In 2019/20, Roman primarily competes in the IBU Cup and has individual events in the World Cup, including in Ruhpolding and Oslo.
Important member of the World Cup team
Roman is again an integral part of the World Cup team this year. With the German men's relay team he celebrates two podium finishes and ends up in the top-30 of the overall World Cup after good individual results. Due to the good results in the World Cup he is able to qualify for the World Championships on the Pokljuka and finishes tenth in the individual, the best World Championship result of his career.
First Olympic participation and 16th place overall in the World Cup
Compared to the previous season, Roman can once again significantly improve in 2021/22, which is reflected not least in his 16th place in the overall World Cup. In addition, he is on the podium twice with the relay team. In his first participation at the Olympic Games, Roman shows excellent performances in Beijing, makes it into the top 10 three times and narrowly misses a medal with the relay team.