German Biathletes awarded

German Biathletes awarded
By Eurosport

18/12/2006 at 11:55Updated

Biathletes Michael Greis and Kati Wilhelm were named Germany's sportsman and sportswoman of the year on Sunday night by the nation's sportswriters.

The pair were awarded for their superb performances at this year's Turin Olympics where they both won three medal's each.

Greis in particularly was spectacular in Madrid winning three gold medals, in the 20km individual, 15km mass start, and the 4 x 7.5km relay.

Meanwhile, Wilhelm won gold in the 10km pursuit while also winning silver medals in the 12.5km mass start and the 4 x 6km relay.

Wilhelm also finished top of the overall World Cup standings.

Greis had 3,126 points to beat retiring Formula One legend Michael Schumacher (1,645 points) into second, while international football striker Miroslav Klose was third.

In the women's voting Wilhelm (3,363) was victorious ahead of four-time European swimming champion Britta Steffen (2,980 points), with luge gold medallist Sylke Otto coming in third.

The Germany football team which finished a surprising third at the World Cup were nominated as the German team of the year.