Athlete profile

Sophia Schneider - Biathlon


Vice junior world champion
Vice European champion
German vice champion




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SV Oberteisendorf e.V.


Tennis, ski touring

Role model

Therese Johaug, Laura Dahlmeier

What's important to me

Passing on my sports experience to young athletes.

Loyalty and close cooperation during ups AND downs!

Sophia Schneider Biathlete


At the age of five, Sophia starts cross-country skiing training at the Vachendorf Ski Club. Seven years later she moves to biathlon. In 2013, she qualifies for the DSV squad for the first time and for participation in the German Cup and the German Youth Cup. The following year, Sophia takes part in an international competition for the first time. After graduating from high school in 2016, she joins Zoll Ski Sport to take additional steps towards professional sports. In the 2020/21 season Sophia will compete in the World Cup for the first time.

2015/16 season

First successes in the IBU Junior Cup

Sophia clinches two podium finishes in the IBU Junior Cup this season.

2016/17 season

German junior champion, silver at the Junior World Championships

Sophia wins gold with the German junior women’s relay team at the German Championships in Oberhof. Sophia’s relay team is also successful at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Osrblie, where they secure the silver medal.

2017/18 season

Unwavering success

This season, Sophia wins an IBU Junior Cup race for the first time: the sprint at the opening in Obertilliach. She also claims victory in the sprint race in Nové Město during the season.

2018/19 season

Final Junior World Championship

Though she is not selected for the IBU Junior Cup this season, Sophia still manages to achieve good results in the German Cup, allowing her to qualify for her final Junior World Championships. However, she does not win any medals. She only just misses a podium finish in the final race of her junior career at the Junior European Championships.

2019/20 season

International debut

Sophia makes her international debut at the senior level at the IBU Cup in Osrblie in January 2020, taking 71st place in sprint. One month later, she’s given another chance to compete in the IBU Cup and takes fourth place in sprint in Martell.

2020/21 season

First World Cup appearance!

After Sophia secured the silver medal in the sprint at the German Championships in Altenberg in September, she can celebrate her first World Cup appearance at the start of the 2020/21 season in Kontiolahti, Finland. In total, she will compete in three World Cup races this season. In January 2021, an injury unfortunately set her back again and she had to end the season prematurely.

2021/22 season

Comeback in the IBU Cup and once again an appearance in the World Cup team

After her injury last year, Sophia makes her comeback in the IBU Cup and shows solid performances there. At the World Cup stop in Antholz, Italy, she is able to compete on the big stage again. At the European Championships on the Arber, Sophia wins the silver medal in the mixed relay and starts the rest of the season again in the IBU Cup.

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