Biathlon - Sachenbacher-Stehle to miss German World Cups

Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle will not race the biathlon World Cup events in Oberhof and Ruhpolding.

The two-times Olympic cross-country ski champion, who is attempting to make the crossover to biathlon, will have to wait to make her debut at the highest level of the sport.

“In January, she will race in the IBU Cup again, to gain mental strength with more competitions," said Gerald Hoenig, head coach of the German women’s national team. "We do not want her to have too much pressure."

Expectations are high for the athlete who has three cross-country golds, seven silvers and one bronze medal from world championships and Olympics to her name, especially following the retirements of superstar Magdalena Neuner and Simone Hauswald.

Following the two meetings in Germany in the first two weeks of January, the World Cup heads to Anterselva in Italy, but even that may come too soon for Sachenbacher-Stehle.

"It is too early to assess that," Hoenig added. "She needs much more competition practice”.