Helena Ekholm

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Helena Ekholm
HelenaJonsson-Trondheim.jpg
Helena Jonsson in Trondheim, March 2009
Personal information
Full name Helena Ekholm
Born (1984-09-06) September 6, 1984 (age 29)
Helgum, Sweden
World Cup
Seasons 2005-2012
Wins 11
Additional podiums 13
Total podiums 24
Updated on January 4, 2011.

Helena Ekholm (née Helena Jonsson) (born September 6, 1984 in Helgum) is a former Swedish biathlete. She was born in Helgum, Sollefteå Municipality. She is the reigning world champion in pursuit. She also won the Women's Biathlon World Cup in the 2008-09 season.

Jonsson debuted in 2005 in Östersund in the relay, coming in 15th. In the following World Cup in Hochfilzen she participated in her first individual, coming in 41st. In early 2006 she participated in the Biathlon World Championships Mixed Relay event in 2006 in Pokljuka, coming in sixth. The 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup began very successfully for her. In the World Cup 3 in Hochfilzen, she came in fourth in the Individual, eighth in the Sprint, and was on the relay team which came in fifth. In the Biathlon World Championships 2007 in Antholz she continued her upward trend and placed fourth in the Sprint. As a high point she led the Swedish team to a gold medal in the mixed-relay. She celebrated her first World Cup victory in the 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup, the mass start in the final round at Khanty-Mansiysk. In the 2008-2009 season she won four more races, including the opening in Östersund where she won the individual race. In the 2009 World Championships in Pyeongchang Jonsson came from 5th place after the opening sprint to win the Pursuit.

Due to her marriage to fellow former biathlete David Ekholm, she changed her surname to Ekholm in the summer of 2010.

Biathlon World Cup placings[edit]

Place Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
1st place 3 1 2 4 2
2nd place 4 2 1
3rd place 1 2 1 2 2
Top 10 7 19 10 11 21

(As of 9 January 2011)

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jonas Jacobsson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
2009
Succeeded by
Sweden's men's Olympic 4x10 km cross-country skiing relay team Daniel Rickardsson, Johan Olsson, Anders Södergren & Marcus Hellner