Ursula Diesel

Ursula Diesel

Two-time champion and seven-time Olympic medalist, eight-time world champion,
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Ursula Disl
  2. Personal Life
  3. Career and Other Activities

Biography of Ursula Disl

Ursula Disl is a German biathlete and participant and medalist of five Winter Olympics. She is a two-time Olympic champion and an eight-time winner of World Championships, as well as a multiple Olympic and world medalist. On the track, she was known for her weak and uncertain shooting, but for her high speed on skis, which earned her the nickname "Turbo-Disl" from fans. According to former German national team coach Uwe Müsiggang, the athlete "lacks concentration when shooting, and Disl is too mobile and restless."

Ursula Diesel

Personal Life

Disl is in a relationship with Thomas Soderberg, a serviceman for the Norwegian biathlon team. The couple has two children: daughter Hannah (born on January 15, 2007) and son Tobias (born on August 12, 2010). After retiring from her sports career, Disl briefly worked as a sports commentator on the German television channel ARD, alongside her national team colleague Ricco Gross. However, she came to the conclusion that journalism was not her path.

Due to excessive attention to her person, Disl moved with her family from Ruhpolding to the Austrian city of Kossen on the German border. According to Ursula, she "had to move to Austria. It was too much for me that people came just to see me or talk to me. Sometimes it happened five times a day."

Career and Other Activities

Disl served in the Federal Police Border Patrol (Bundespolizei, BPOL). In May 2013, the family moved to Mora, Sweden. In 2016, she participated in the reality show "Ewige Helden" (Eternal Heroes) on VOX channel, along with several other famous German athletes.

Aside from biathlon, Disl also competed in cross-country skiing. In 2003, she finished second in the sprint event at the World Cup stage in Dusseldorf, partnering with Claudia Kunzel, and placed fourth in the individual competition. She ended her sports career in 2006 after the Olympics in Turin.