Björn Ferry

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Björn Ferry
Personal information
Full name Björn Ferry
Born (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 35)
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
World Cup
Seasons 2001/02–
Wins 7
Additional podiums 15
Total podiums 22
Updated on 22 March 2014.

Björn Ferry (born August 1, 1978,[1] in Stensele, Västerbotten County) is a Swedish biathlete and medal winning Olympian. He began competing internationally in World Cup competitions in 2001, but did not win his first international race until the 2007/2008 season. In 2007, he won gold in the mixed relay event at the Biathlon World Championships. The next year, at his third Winter Olympics appearance, he won the gold medal in the pursuit event. He started the event in 8th place as determined by the previous sprint event, but managed to overtake the race leader on the final lap.

Athletic career[edit]

Ferry debuted in the World Cup in Hochfilzen in 2001, and earned his first World Cup points after only skiing three races. He finished his first season ranked 36th in World Cup standings. In World Cup competition, he slowly improved his ranking, and by the 2006/2007 season was ranked in the top ten worldwide. His first Olympic appearance, at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, was disappointing, but four years later at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy he was a member of a Swedish relay team that placed fourth, just off the medal stand.[2]

Ferry has seen some of his strongest efforts and best finishes in Italy, even beyond the 2006 success. His first two World Cup victories both came in the pursuit in Antholz-Anterselva, in the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons. In 2007, he won a gold medal in the mixed relay in the 2007 World Championships alongside Helena Jonsson, Anna Carin Olofsson, and Carl Johan Bergman. Although his 2009/2010 season was lackluster, and Ferry saw his ranking drop from 9th to 16th place in the World Cup, Ferry was again selected for the Swedish team for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. In the pursuit event held on February 16, Ferry finished in first place, winning the gold medal after catching and passing the race leader on the final lap of the race.[2] He beat second place finisher Christoph Sumann of Austria by only 16.5 seconds. The victory marked the first Olympic biathlon gold for a Swedish athlete in a half-century.[3]

Ferry practices with the Storuman IK club. His personal coach was German Wolfgang Pichler[2] until Pichler left his role as coach of the Swedish biathlon team in 2010. He subsequently described the atmosphere in the team under Pichler as being like a cult, although he praised Pichler for the energy he brought to the role.[4]

In March 2014 Ferry confirmed that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of the 2013/14 season.[5]

Record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 38th 17th 24th 14th N/A
Italy 2006 Turim 28th 13th 25th 18th 4th N/A
Canada 2010 Vancouver 42nd 8th Gold 12th 4th N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 12th 25th 30th 12th 10th

World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 32nd 43rd 36th 7th
Germany 2004 Oberhof 31st DNF 6th
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 52nd 17th 16th 18th 7th 13th
Italy 2007 Antholz 14th 4th 22nd 15th 7th Gold
Sweden 2008 Östersund 27th 15th 18th 9th 6th 4th
South Korea 2009 Pyeong Chang 40th 31st 9th
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Not held in an Olympic season Bronze
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 5th 23rd 10th 27th 4th 4th
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 48th 7th 11th Silver 16th 4th
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město na Moravě 5th 13th 9th 8th 11th 14th

Individual victories[edit]

7 victories (2 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 MS)

Date Event Competition Level
19 January 2008 Italy Antholz 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
24 January 2009 Italy Antholz 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
16 February 2010 Canada Vancouver 12.5 km Pursuit Winter Olympic Games
18 December 2010 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 January 2011 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
6 March 2014 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 March 2014 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km Mass Start Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Opposition to doping[edit]

Ferry has been outspoken in his opposition to the use of banned substances by athletes who participate in international competition, a practice known as doping. In 2009, he was quoted referring to Russian athletes who had used such substances as 'idiots' and received a number of death threats.[citation needed] During the 2010 winter Olympics, he was quoted saying he would not mind if athletes who use banned substances would get the death penalty or, "at least lots of kicks in the balls."[6][7] Further comments referred to dopers as people with low moral standards and suggested that the problem of use of banned substances in sport would not go away until more severe penalties were imposed.

Personal life[edit]

Ferry is married to arm wrestler Heidi Andersson, who has won multiple world championships in arm wrestling.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bjorn Ferry, Biathlon". Athletes. Vancouver 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Björn FERRY". Biathlon Results. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b Agence France-Presse (2010-02-16). "Biathlon (Sprint): Sweden's Ferry wins men's 12.5km pursuit". Vancouver 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  4. ^ Sundqvist, Lena; Antonsson, John (11 August 2010). "Ferry: "Det var som en sekt"" [Ferry: "It was like a cult"]. Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 
  5. ^ "Biathlon world to see some retirements after season’s end". biathlon-pokljuka.com. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Swedish Biathlon Star Bjorn Ferry on Doping: "Drug cheats should get the death penalty!"". Bild.com. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  7. ^ [Original Swedish: "För mig får det gärna bli dödsstraff eller alla fall en upprepad pungspark för alla dopningsbrott", translated: "For me it's ok if it would be death penalty or at least a repeated kick on the balls for all doping crimes"]
  8. ^ Ferry, Björn. "Björnfakta" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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