Magdalena Neuner – the one who ruins stereotypes Konkina Alexandra RIMO-203
Magdalena Neuner (born 9 February 1987) is a German professional biathlete. She is the most successful woman of all time at Biathlon World Championships and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the age of 21, she became the youngest Overall World Cup winner in the history of the International Biathlon Union . She has won the Overall World Cup title three times. Neuner retired from the sport in March 2012, citing a lack of motivation and her desire for a normal life.Neuner started biathlon when she was nine years old and won five junior world championship titles. She made her World Cup debut in 2006 and won her first World Cup race in January 2007. In the 2007–08 season Neuner won the Overall World Cup and World Championships. After she participated in her first Winter Olympic Games in 2010, winning the gold medal in both the pursuit and the mass start, and silver in the sprint race.During her seven World Cup seasons, Neuner won 34 World Cup races and achieved 63 podium finishes. During six appearances at Biathlon World Championships, Neuner claimed 17 medals: twelve gold, four silver and one bronze.Neuner has lived in the Bavarian village of Wallgau since birth. Since winning three world championship gold medals in 2007, Neuner is one of her home countrys most popular female athletes. She was named German Sportswoman of the Year in 2007 and 2011.
If you were born in a small town you won’t be able to achieve anything. Magdalena Neuner grew up in the small Bavarian village of Wallgau, whichpopulation is only 1000 people. Here she tried various other winter sports. At the age of 16,Neuner finished high school and decided to pursue a career in biathlon. Her parents werereluctant, but they eventually supported her ambition to become a professional biathlete.Now Magdalena Neuner is one of the most famous biathlonist in the world.
If you don’t have rich parents, you have no chance to become a professional athlete. Magdalena Neuner’s father was a clerk in a very small bank in Wallgau and hermother didn’t work at all, because she was very busy bringing up her children. Their monthincome was less, than the money Magdalena receives today for a victory in a lap of theWorld Cup. Nevertheless Magdalena managed to pursue her dream and succeeded to makea breathtaking, meteoric career in biathlon.
If don’t take performance-enhancing drugs, you won’t be able to become a champion. Magdalena Neuner has never been caught on taking performance-enhancing drugs (what unfortunately can’t be said about our national team). Nevertheless Neuner was one of the fastest female cross-country skiers in biathlon. During 66 of her 151 World Cup races (44%), she has set the fastest course time. Also Neuner averaged a career shooting accuracy of 78%. The secret of her success is in daily trainings. All the year round she is working extremely hard, that’s why she has become one of the best biathletes.
If the girl is from Germany, she can’t be pretty. Magdalena Neuner refutes thisstereotype completely. Of course, tastesdiffer, however no one would argue thatpetite, graceful and blond woman looksbeautiful. When you once see her shiningeyes and bewitching smile, you willbecome a biathlon fan just to watch her asoften as possible. And not only we, normalviewers, but also commentators, otherbiathletes make mentions about herbeauty.
If you have already won some competitions, sooner or later the luck will leave you A lot can be said about her successes, but it will take a lot of time to talk about all her awards, soI suggest you to look at the table. Event Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay2010 Winter Silver Gold Gold - - Olympics, Vancouver World Gold Gold 14th Gold -championship 2007 World 17th 6th Gold Gold Goldchampionship 2008 World 8th 11th 7th Silver -championship 2009 World Not held in an Olympic season Goldchampionship 2010 World Gold Silver Gold Gold Silverchampionship 2011 World Gold Silver 10th Gold Bronzechampionship 2012
If you are an athlete, you are a loser in all spheres except sport. As you have probably understood, Magdalena Neuner is an outstanding biathlete. But she is not narrow-minded at all. Besides biathlon has she success in many otherspheres gained. For example she is starring in the German series “Sturm der Liebe”. Alsoshe is playing harp, singing and riding a horse. So she is a really many-sided person, isn’t she?
If you like knitting, you should be a either a “babushka” or a really dull person. Magdalena’s main hobby is knitting. She has wrote a book on this theme,appeared in several TV shows she also was chose as a face of one of knitting brand. Andbecause of her bright personality kitting is getting more and more popular in Germany and outside the country. A lot of world-famous biathletes prefer to wear caps which were knitted by Magdalena. And nobody doesn’t even think about referring Neuner to “babushkas” or dull persons.
If in your life everything is OK, you don’t care about people who need help and support. Magdalena devotes a lot of her time to charity, however she doesn’t want anybody to know about it. A lot of famous people do charity work in order to gain fame, but this cannot be said about Magdalena. Very seldom managed journalists to imprint Magdalena doing charity, but this doesn’t belittle her services, on the opposite side it makes her work more valuable and important. Magdalena took part in the reconstruction of children’s hospital “Irmengardhof” in the village Mittern.
If you devote all your time to sport, you don’t have any time for your private life. Magdalena doesn’t have a starring boyfriend. But the fact is, that she does have one. With her extremely busy schedule she finds time for him, she loves and she is loved. Her boyfriend is Josef Holzer, a school day friend from Wallgau. They have been avoiding publicity for a very long time and only in 2011 they appeared together in the ceremony of German Sportswoman of the Year.
If you are an athlete, you don’t have to have any serious profession. Magdalena After finishing school, Neune joined the German Customs Administration in August 2003. She officially holds the rank of Erste Zollhauptwachtmeisterin (first head customs officer), although she is a full timeprofessional athlete. When not competing, Neuner works as a German Customs Officer.
If you are good at shooting, you are bad at skiing, and vice versa. Neuner was one of the fastest female cross-country skiers in biathlon. During 66 of her 151 World Cup races (44%), she has set the fastest course time (race time withouttime spent at the shooting range or in the penalty loop). In addition, she has been among the top three fastest skiers in 77% of her career races. Neuner averaged a career shooting accuracy of 78%. Her career average in the prone position was 88%, while her career average in the standing position was 67%. Her shooting results in the proneposition were similar to other top contenders. The standing shoot had long been her weak point and her hit percentage was well below average in the World Cup field, although it had improved considerably in her later seasons.
If you achieve the summit of fame, you forget about your origins. As it have been said a lot of times before, Magdalena took practically all podiums inthe biathlon races. But she has never forgotten about her origins. n 2007, she bought her grandmothers house in Wallgau, where she now lives. Every year she takes part in annual traditional Bavarian festival in Wallgau, supports other cultural events and in tote makes a lot of things to preserve national culture.
Athletes are not interested in politics at all. Magdalena Neuner doesn’t belong to such persons. She understands that she has abig authority in the society, and she is trying to use her authority to public wellbeing of her own town and region. In 2011 she had a meeting with Angela Merkel.
Women can’t be football fans. Magdalena Neuner has said a lot of times that she is a big football fan. In the previous year she brought the cup in the final of German Football Cup in Berlin. With a shining dress and a sophisticated appearance gave her image for the final in the Football Federation. That makes her a world image of sports. But especially she likes woman football. “I’m looking forward to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup”, - said Magdalena in one of the interviews.
I hope, that my presentation has helped you tounderstand that sometimes stereotypes are no morethan empty words. And luckily, there are such people as Magdalena Neuner, who ruin all the stereotypes. Thank you for your attention!
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