It’s been a decade since the initial biathlon boom in Austria, and Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Pinter has been there since the start. Back in 2005, he helped put Austria firmly on the biathlon map when he and his teammates took bronze in the relay at the World Championships in Hochfilzen.
Similar to his teammates, Daniel Mesotitsch and Christoph Sumann, Fritz’s background is cross-country, and has now had more than 25 years' experience on the snow. When he was young, he attended the Skihandelsschule in Schladming, where the curriculum combines ski training with academic instruction. There, his skills flourished and with the new millennium came a new way of life. Together with Mesotitsch and Sumann, Fritz switched cross-country for the biathlon and has never looked back since. "We are the veterans in the team and have experienced all the highs and lows together," he explains.
Make no mistake, Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Pinter is not to be trifled with, both on and off the snow. When he's not defending his country’s national biathlon titles, he is defending its borders, as a regular soldier in the Austrian army.Read more