Emil Hegle Svendsen

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Emil Hegle Svendsen
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Personal information
Born (1985-07-12) 12 July 1985 (age 28)
Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Professional information
Club Strindheim IL
Skis Madshus
World Cup
Seasons 2005–present
Wins 36
Additional podiums 36
Total podiums 72
Overall titles 1 (2009–10)
Updated on 18 February 2014.

Emil Hegle Svendsen (born 12 July 1985) is a Norwegian biathlete. He won two gold medals and one silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He has won five individual gold medals and five relay gold medals at World Championships.

He skis with Strindheim IL, based in Trondheim.

Career[edit]

The 2005/06 season was Svendsen's first season on the World Cup tour, before then he competed as a junior in the European Cup. During his first season in the World Cup Svendsen finished fifth in three races, two of them in sprints (Brezno-Osrblie and Ruhpolding), and the other in a mass start (Holmenkollen). He also finished races in seventh, ninth, and four more within the top twenty (14th, 15th, 17th, 19th). He finished the overall season in 22nd place. He was 32nd in the pursuit, 21st in the sprint, and 7th in the mass start, only seven points behind Sven Fischer in fourth place.

Svendsen was selected for the Olympics, to compete in the mass start, in which he came sixth, after hitting 18/20 targets and finished 53.8 seconds behind winner Michael Greis of Germany. As a junior Svendsen won four gold medals in junior World Championships, his first and second gold was in the pursuit, and the relay in Haute Maurienne in 2004, and the third and fourth gold in the individual and the sprint in Kontiolahti in 2005. He also has two bronze medals from the individual and the pursuit in Kościelisko in 2003. During his three seasons in the European Cup, Svendsen won two races (individual and pursuit), one second place (sprint), and came third three times (all in the sprint).

For his first season in the World Cup Svendsen had an 82% shooting average, making him the 42nd best shot of the tour, but the same shooting percentage as Halvard Hanevold and Vincent Defrasne. He hit 243 out of 295 targets. He shot both 82% in his prone and standing shoot, he averaged 70% in the individual, 84% in the sprint, 81% in the pursuit, 87% in the mass start, and 76% in the relay.

On 13 December 2007, Svendsen took his first world cup victory, at the 20 km in Pokljuka. However, his big breakthrough came when he won two individual gold medals at the 2008 World Championships, winning both the individual and the mass start ahead of Ole Einar Bjørndalen. He went on winning more victories and podiums for the rest of the season, and eventually finished third overall.

The 2008/2009 season started off well for Svendsen. By placing on the podium in every of the five first races, he took the lead in the overall world cup. After the Christmas holiday however, Svendsen struggled to maintain the early season's results, and when he fell ill during the world championships and did not compete in several races, he lost the overall lead. After a couple of middle placings, he returned with a third place at the mass start event in Trondheim, and a fourth place and a victory in Khanty Mansiysk the consecutive week.

Emil Hegle Svendsen Kontiolahti, 2010

He won a silver medal in the 10 km sprint at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on the first day of men's biathlon competition and then followed it up with two gold medals in the 20 km individual and the relay event.

He won 2 gold medals in 2014 Winter Olympics: in mass-start and mixed relay (together with Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Tiril Eckhoff and Tora Berger), as well as his teammate Ole-Einar Bjorndalen (gold in sprint and mixed relay).

Svendsen is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall, and weighs 170 lb (77 kg, 12 st 2 lb)

Career results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
Canada 2010 Vancouver Gold Silver 8th 13th Gold N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 7th 9th 7th Gold 4th Gold

World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Italy 2007 Antholz 7th 5th Bronze
Sweden 2008 Östersund Gold 12th 12th Gold Silver
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang DNS DNS DNS 12th Gold
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Not held in an Olympic season Silver
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 4th 5th Silver Gold Gold
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 8th Silver 5th 18th Gold Gold
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město DNS Gold Gold Bronze Gold Gold

Junior/Youth World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Relay
Italy 2002 Ridnaun-Val Ridanna 18th 13th 13th
Poland 2003 Koscielisko Bronze 7th Bronze
France 2004 Haute Maurienne 14th 6th Gold
Finland 2005 Kontiolahti Gold Gold Silver 10th

World Cup[edit]

  • 1 × Overall winner (2009/10)
  • 4 × Discipline World Cup winner:

       - Sprint (1): 2009/10

       - Individual (2): 2010/11, 2013/14

       - Mass start (1): 2010/11

Season Overall Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass Start
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
2005–06 17/26 289 22nd 7/10 120 21st 5/8 52 32nd 0/3 5/5 117
2006–07 19/27 381 17th 8/10 158 14th 6/8 154 12th 0/4 3/5 69 18th
2007–08 20/26 687 3rd 8/10 253 3rd 6/8 210 6th 2/3 100 2nd 4/5 124 5th
2008–09 19/26 844 3rd 7/10 318 3rd 6/7 308 2nd 2/4 72 14th 4/5 146 7th
2009–10 19/25 828 1st 8/10 354 1st 4/6 173 8th 2/4 120 2nd 5/5 163 2nd
2010–11 24/26 1105 2nd 9/10 369 2nd 6/7 304 3rd 4/4 188 1st 5/5 244 1st
2011–12 26/26 1035 2nd 10/10 378 2nd 8/8 349 2nd 3/3 108 3rd 5/5 218 2nd
2012–13 - 827 2nd 315 2nd 287 2nd 43 25th 182 2nd
2013–14 - 636 2nd 237 6th 216 7th 83 1st 100 3rd

Individual victories[edit]

36 victories (11 Sp, 11 Pu, 7 In, 7 MS)

Season Date Event Competition Level
2007/08
6 victories
(2 Sp, 1 Pu, 2 In, 1 MS)
December 13, 2007 Slovenia Pokljuka 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
February 14, 2008 Sweden Östersund 20 km Individual Biathlon World Championships
February 17, 2008 Sweden Östersund 15 km Mass Start Biathlon World Championships
February 27, 2008 South Korea Pyeong Chang 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
March 8, 2008 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
March 13, 2008 Norway Oslo 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
2008/09
5 victories
(3 Sp, 2 Pu)
December 6, 2008 Sweden Östersund 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
December 12, 2008 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
December 13, 2008 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
January 23, 2009 Italy Antholz 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
March 28, 2009 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2009/10
5 victories
(1 Sp, 1 Pu, 2 In, 1 MS)
December 3, 2009 Sweden Östersund 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
December 12, 2009 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
January 14, 2010 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
January 16, 2010 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km Mass Start Biathlon World Cup
February 18, 2010 Canada Vancouver 12 km Individual Winter Olympic Games
2010/11
8 victories
(2 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 In, 2 MS)
December 2, 2010 Sweden Östersund 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
December 4, 2010 Sweden Östersund 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
January 12, 2011 Germany Ruhpolding 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
February 10, 2011 United States Fort Kent 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
February 12, 2011 United States Fort Kent 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
March 12, 2011 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km Mass Start Biathlon World Championships
March 19, 2011 Norway Oslo 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
March 20, 2011 Norway Oslo 15 km Mass Start Biathlon World Cup
2011/12
4 victories
(1 Sp, 1 Pu, 2 MS)
December 10, 2011 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
January 14, 2012 Czech Republic Nové Město 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
February 5, 2012 Norway Oslo 15 km Mass Start Biathlon World Cup
March 18, 2012 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km Mass Start Biathlon World Cup
2012/13
3 victories
(1 Sp, 2 Pu)
December 15, 2012 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
February 9, 2013 Czech Republic Nove Mesto 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Championships
February 10, 2013 Czech Republic Nove Mesto 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Championships
2013/14
5 victories
(1 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
January 3, 2014 Germany Oberhof 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
January 4, 2014 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
January 11, 2014 Germany Ruhpolding 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
January 12, 2014 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
February 18, 2014 Russia Sochi 15 km Mass Start Winter Olympic Games
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Career highlights[edit]

Winter Olympics
2006, Torino, 6th at mass start
2010, Vancouver, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at 10km sprint
2010, Vancouver, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at 20km individual
2010, Vancouver, Gold medal icon.svg 1st in the men's relay (Hanevold / / O. Bjørndalen)
2010, Vancouver, 8th at pursuit
2010, Vancouver, 13th at mass start
IBU World Championships
2007, Antholz, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at mixed relay (with Berger / Mørkve / Andresen)
2007, Antholz, 5th at pursuit
2007, Antholz, 7th at sprint
2008, Östersund, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at mass start
2008, Östersund, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at 20 km
2008, Östersund, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at team relay (with Bratsveen / Hanevold / Bjørndalen)
2008, Östersund, 12th at sprint
2008, Östersund, 12th at pursuit
2009, Pyeongchang, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at team relay (with Berger / Hanevold / Bjørndalen)
2009, Pyeongchang, 12th at mass start
2009, Pyeongchang, DNS at individual race
2010, Khanty-Mansiysk, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at mixed relay (with Tora Berger / Ann Kristin Flatland / Bjørndalen)
2011, Khanty-Mansiysk, 5th at sprint
2011, Khanty-Mansiysk, 4th at individual race
2011, Khanty-Mansiysk, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at pursuit
2011, Khanty-Mansiysk, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at team relay (with Ole Einar Bjørndalen / Alexander Os / Tarjei Bø)
2011, Khanty-Mansiysk, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at mass start
2012, Ruhpolding, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at mixed relay (with Tora Berger / Synnøve Solemdal / Ole Einar Bjørndalen)
2012, Ruhpolding, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at sprint
2012, Ruhpolding, 5th at pursuit
2012, Ruhpolding, 8th at individual race
2012, Ruhpolding, 18th at mass start
2012, Ruhpolding, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at team relay (with Ole Einar Bjørndalen / Rune Brattsveen / Tarjei Bø)
2013, Nové Město, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at mixed relay (with Tora Berger / Synnøve Solemdal / Tarjei Bø)
2013, Nové Město, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at sprint
2013, Nové Město, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at pursuit
2013, Nové Město, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at team team relay (with Ole Einar Bjørndalen / Henrik L'Abee-Lund / Tarjei Bø)
2013, Nové Město, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at mass start
IBU World Junior Championships
2002, Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, 13th at sprint (youth)
2002, Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, 13th at pursuit (youth)
2002, Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, 18th at individual race (youth)
2002, Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, 11th at team relay (youth) (with Stian Navik / Tore Nordstad)
2003, Koscielisko, 7th at sprint (youth)
2003, Koscielisko, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at individual race (youth)
2003, Koscielisko, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at pursuit (youth)
2003, Koscielisko, 4th at team relay (junior) (with Magne Thorleiv Ronning / Rune Brattsveen / Frode Bukkvold)
2004, Haute Maurienne, 6th at sprint (youth)
2004, Haute Maurienne, 14th at individual (youth)
2004, Haute Maurienne, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at pursuit (youth)
2004, Haute Maurienne, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at team relay (youth) (with Ronny Hafsås / Stian Navik)
2005, Kontiolahti, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at individual race (junior)
2005, Kontiolahti, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at pursuit (junior)
2005, Kontiolahti, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at sprint (junior)
2005, Kontiolahti, 10th at team relay (junior) (with Ronny Hafsas / Rune Brattsveen / Stian Navik)
World Cup
Gold medal icon.svg 29 single wins
Silver medal icon.svg 14 placings
Bronze medal icon.svg 16 placings
European Cup
2003, Geilo, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at sprint
2003, Geilo, 5th at pursuit
2004, Geilo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at individual race
2004, Geilo, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at sprint
2004, Geilo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st at pursuit
2004, Geilo, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd at sprint
2005, Obertilliach, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd at sprint
2005, Obertilliach, 10th at pursuit
2005, Obertilliach, 53rd at individual race
2005, Obertilliach, 13th at sprint

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