Amy Baserga is happy with Niklas Hartweg about the podium coup on the Pokljuka.
Marco Pescioreporter sports
Amy Baserga puts her hands in front of her face and can hardly believe her luck. Then she hugs her teammate Niklas Hartweg. The duo just secured third place in the single mixed relay. It’s another Swiss biathlon exploit this winter – and the best career result so far for the 22-year-old from Schwyz. The first pedestal. Brought in last January 8th on the Pokljuka in Slovenia. Afterwards, she admits with a laugh that she was “a little out of place with her shoes” before the start because of her nervousness. She would probably only really realize this success later. Maybe after this season.
Because Baserga makes it clear: The focus is now clearly on the World Cup in Oberhof (from February 6th) and its further development. The podium and the other good top 15 results would make them “very happy”, but they are also there to be confirmed again straight away. The double junior world champion of 2021 says: «I have always been an ambitious athlete. I knew from a young age that one day I wanted to be among the best in the world.”
Take away a positive attitude towards life
It cannot be taken for granted that she is now well on her way to doing so. Baserga has dark times behind it. In August 2020, she received the tragic news that her longtime friend Lucas died in a motorcycle accident. A huge shock that plunges her and her family into deep sorrow. It’s Lucas’ positive outlook on life that gives her the courage to keep going.
Baserga is impressively fighting his way back to life. She resolves to consciously enjoy it. This is now reflected in their results. With a view to the home World Cup in 2025, the former top young talent has become one of Switzerland’s greatest hopes. In an international comparison, she is one of the top three shooters in the World Cup. She admits: “After what I’ve been through, it’s nice to see what I’ve already been able to achieve.”
When asked if she was proud of her remarkable development after the hard blow of fate and various injury-related setbacks, she said: “My environment sees it that way. I myself always say: I have to do more until I achieve what I want.”
What drives her are World Championship and Olympic medals, the realization that life is always positive – and a new relationship. With Robin Janser, she has a mountain biker at her side who previously had little to do with winter sports, but is now getting a taste of the biathlon scene: “Robin gives me the balance I need and a certain amount of relaxation,” says Baserga, who last competed at the World Cup in Ruhpolding could count on live support from her boyfriend.
Now, right after the European Championships in Lenzerheide, the World Championships are waiting in Oberhof, Germany. That stage, then, on which Baserga would like to shine one day. Already this year? In any case, form and attitude give hope.
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