Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Biathlon
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Torino 2006 Jeremy Teela standing.jpg
Jeremy Teela (USA) in the men's individual event.
Venue Cesana San Sicario
Dates February 11–25
Competitors 204 from 37 nations
«2002 2010»

Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics consisted of ten biathlon events. They were held at the Cesana-San Sicario arena. The events began on 11 February and ended on 25 February 2006. Approximately 6,500 spectators were expected by the organizing committee. In these games, biathlon events were open to both men and women but they raced in different distances in their own events.[1]

Men from 28 nations and women from 27 nations qualified to participate in the events. Only seven nations in total took home medals, Germany winning the most (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). Six biathletes won 3 medals each: Albina Akhatova, Kati Wilhelm, Martina Glagow, Michael Greis, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, and Sven Fischer. Greis won the most gold medals, with a total of three.

Qualification[edit]

The top 20 countries at the International Biathlon Union Nations Cup ranking of 2004–05 are permitted to pick four biathletes for each event, and five biathletes for the whole Olympics. The top five may send a sixth biathlete as a reserve. The countries seeded 21st to 28th (27th for women) may send a maximum of one biathlete. Other countries may not send biathletes unless the top 28 countries do not fill their quota. These restrictions apply to each gender, so that the countries who appear in the top 20 in both the men's and the women's list are able to send five men and five women. All entries were to have been submitted to the organizing committee by 30 January 2006.

The following table lists the 28 nations that qualified for the men's events and the 27 nations that qualified for the women's events:

Rank Men[2] Women[3] Rank Men Women
1  Norway (NOR)  Russia (RUS) 15  Estonia (EST)  Japan (JPN)
2  Germany (GER)  Germany (GER) 16  Slovenia (SLO)  Romania (ROU)
3  Russia (RUS)  Norway (NOR) 17  United States (USA)  Finland (FIN)
4  France (FRA)  France (FRA) 18  Slovakia (SVK)  Canada (CAN)
5  Austria (AUT)  China (CHN) 19  Canada (CAN)  Moldova (MDA)
6  Belarus (BLR)  Belarus (BLR) 20  Japan (JPN)  Latvia (LAT)
7  Sweden (SWE)  Slovenia (SLO) 21  Great Britain (GBR)  Sweden (SWE)
8  Ukraine (UKR)  Czech Republic (CZE) 22  China (CHN)  Kazakhstan (KAZ)
9  Czech Republic (CZE)  Bulgaria (BUL) 23  Kazakhstan (KAZ)  Lithuania (LTU)
10  Poland (POL)  Italy (ITA) 24  Bulgaria (BUL)  Estonia (EST)
11  Italy (ITA)  Slovakia (SVK) 25  Lithuania (LTU)  Great Britain (GBR)
12  Switzerland (SUI)  Ukraine (UKR) 26  Australia (AUS)  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)
13  Latvia (LAT)  Poland (POL) 27  Romania (ROU)  Austria (AUT)
14  Finland (FIN)  United States (USA) 28  Hungary (HUN)

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

Of the thirty-seven competing nations, seven of them took home all the medals. With over double the medals of any other nation, Germany ranked number one.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany (GER) 5 4 2 11
2  Russia (RUS) 2 1 2 5
3  France (FRA) 2 0 2 4
4  Sweden (SWE) 1 1 0 2
5  Norway (NOR) 0 3 3 6
6  Poland (POL) 0 1 0 1
7  Ukraine (UKR) 0 0 1 1

[1]

Men's events[edit]

[1]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
 Michael Greis
Germany (GER)
54:23.0  Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Norway (NOR)
54:39.0  Halvard Hanevold
Norway (NOR)
55:31.9
Sprint
details
 Sven Fischer
Germany (GER)
26:11.6  Halvard Hanevold
Norway (NOR)
26:19.8  Frode Andresen
Norway (NOR)
26:31.3
Pursuit
details
 Vincent Defrasne
France (FRA)
35:20.2  Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Norway (NOR)
35:22.9  Sven Fischer
Germany (GER)
35:35.8
Mass start
details
 Michael Greis
Germany (GER)
47:20.0  Tomasz Sikora
Poland (POL)
47:26.3  Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Norway (NOR)
47:32.9
Relay
details
 Germany (GER)
Sven Fischer
Michael Greis
Ricco Gross
Michael Rösch
1:21:51.5  Russia (RUS)
Ivan Tcherezov
Sergey Chepikov
Pavel Rostovtsev
Nikolay Kruglov, Jr.
1:22:12.4  France (FRA)
Julien Robert
Vincent Defrasne
Ferréol Cannard
Raphaël Poirée
1:22:35.1

Women's events[edit]

[1]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
 Svetlana Ishmouratova
Russia (RUS)
49:24.1  Martina Glagow
Germany (GER)
50:34.9  Albina Akhatova
Russia (RUS)
50:55.0
Sprint
details
 Florence Baverel-Robert
France (FRA)
22:31.4  Anna Carin Olofsson
Sweden (SWE)
22:33.8  Lilia Efremova
Ukraine (UKR)
22:38.0
Pursuit
details
 Kati Wilhelm
Germany (GER)
36:43.6  Martina Glagow
Germany (GER)
37:57.2  Albina Akhatova
Russia (RUS)
38:05.0
Mass start
details
 Anna Carin Olofsson
Sweden (SWE)
40:36.5  Kati Wilhelm
Germany (GER)
40:55.3  Uschi Disl
Germany (GER)
41:18.4
Relay
details
 Russia (RUS)
Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
Svetlana Ishmouratova
Olga Zaitseva
Albina Akhatova
1:16:12.5  Germany (GER)
Martina Glagow
Andrea Henkel
Katrin Apel
Kati Wilhelm
1:17:03.2  France (FRA)
Delphyne Peretto
Florence Baverel-Robert
Sylvie Becaert
Sandrine Bailly
1:18:38.7

Participating nations[edit]

Thirty-seven nations contributed biathletes to compete in the events. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Torino 2006 Official Report - Biathlon". Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ Men's Nation Cup Score Final Result after 14 competitions, from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006
  3. ^ Women's Nation Cup Score Final Result after 14 competitions, from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006