"The biathlon isn’t really a sport for a Carinthian", says Daniel Mesotitsch of Carinthia. In the southern province of Austria, playing hockey or golf are more common alternatives. However, Daniel, or ‘Meso’ as he’s better known, is one of the most successful Austrian biathletes in history. His prosperity likely lies in his early enthusiasm for cross-country. In his hometown of St. Anton Rosenthal, there's a traditional cross-country club, of which he was a keen member during his youth. But an ankle injury in the 1997/1998 season meant that he had to give up cross-country and search for something new. That something new was the biathlon.
To date, Meso has achieved some impressive results. Highlights include taking a bronze medal in the Season Cup in Hochfilzen, silver in the relay at the World Cup in South Korea and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as well as victory in the 2010 World Cup in Slovenia and relay bronze in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Even when Daniel’s not jetting off around the world in search of new titles, he has the kids to keep him on his toes. Determined to pass on the torch to the next generation, Daniel is keen to get them involved in the junior biathlon to ensure that Austria, and the Mesotitsch name, continues to thrive for years to come.Read more