• name:Sofie HOPKINS
  • year of birth: 1997
  • nationality: British
  • birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • discipline(s): Biathlon
  • personal best: Great Britain & British Biathlon Union Junior Champion 2014. Gold 7.5km Sprint. Gold 12.5km Individual. Silver 10km Mass Start. Silver 6 x 3km Relay.
  • Ski coach: Self
  • Shooting coach: Frank Hopkins
  • shoots with: Model 1827F ANSCHÜTZ Sprint Nitrided / ELEY tenex biathlon


Sofie has always enjoyed the competitive side of sport, hockey, national cross country running and 8 mile March & Shoot Competitions. She started training for biathlon at the age of 14, after a friend jokingly commented on her large size 9 (44) feet.

Not sure of what biathlon was she quickly checked it out on the internet, and watched as Magdelana Neuner raced to victory in Ruhpolding. Sofie found it so inspiring it gave her shivers. She then knew that it was the sport for her.

Not knowing how to ski in the first instance didn’t stop her, she bought a pair of roller-skis and after several weeks she set myself a four year training plan to achieve a podium place in biathlon.

Two years on she became Junior British Biathlon Champion.

60 seconds with Sofie

tell us an interesting fact about yourself

Love pugs, I can't do press ups!

what is your proudest moment?

I went biathlon training at 06:30am for two hours in Castleford then travelled to York where I set a new women’s endurance roller-ski track record of 21km in an hour!

what training tips can you offer?

I was told that strength is not as important in biathlon as everyone says, so don't do non-specific exercises like 100s of press ups and weightlifting. Analyze every muscle movement, and only train those muscles used or ones that will improve them. Biathlon is not a competition of strength but one of speed on skis and accuracy with a rifle, which comes from technique.

do you have a favourite motto or saying?

“Train hard - competition easy, train harder - and win”.