Petra Behle

Petra Behle ( born January 5, 1969 in Offenbach am Main; native Petra Schaaf ) is a former German biathlete.

Biathlon career

After the family had moved to Mittenwald, Petra Behle learned with eight years skiing and began the long run. In 1986 she came to the ski boarding school in Willingen. There, she brought her then- coach Renate Schinze to biathlon. Petra Behle competed for the SC Willingen. It was 1988, the youngest German World Champion in biathlon. With four individual and five relay gold medals it is by Magdalena Neuner 's second - most successful German World Cup participant of all time (as of March 12, 2011). Despite their outstanding World Cup results they failed to win a single medal in three Olympic Games, but each took a medal in the relay. A similar fate befell her in the World Cup: With twenty won the race it belongs here also the most successful athletes - Magdalena Forsberg as Best won 42 races. The profit of an individual or even the overall World Cup failed Petra Behle, however, two third places in the overall World Cup standing for them to book.

Professional career

From 1998 to 2007, she was seen at the ZDF as Biathlon expert. Together with Christa Haas and from the winter season 2006/2007 with Norbert König, she hosted the competitions live broadcasts. Her successor in the position was Sven Fischer.


Petra Behle is a personal member of the NOC and active spokesperson in the national sports conference Hesse. In addition, it is member of the expert committee of the German Sports Aid Foundation. At the European Business School in 2003 she has successfully completed a training course for sports economist.

Private life and commitment

In 1994 she married the cross-country skiers Jochen Behle, from which they separated again in April 1999. On 30 January 2009 she married again. Petra Behle currently resides in Biebertal. She is an honorary capacity as patron of the Tour of Hope, a celebrity bike ride, which will help each year donations are collected for the benefit of children with cancer.


  • 2x 3rd place (1991 /92, 1995/96 )
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