Kati Wilhelm

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Kati Wilhelm
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Kati Wilhelm in July 2006
Medal record
Women's biathlon
Competitor for  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 7.5 km sprint
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 4x7.5 km relay
Gold 2006 Turin 10 km pursuit
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City 10 km pursuit
Silver 2006 Turin 12.5 km mass start
Silver 2006 Turin 4x6 km relay
Bronze 2010 Vancouver 4×6 km relay
World Championships
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 15 km individual
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 7.5 km sprint
Gold 2008 Östersund 4×6 km relay
Gold 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 4 x 6 km relay
Gold 2001 Pokljuka 7.5 km sprint
Silver 2009 Pyeongchang 4×6 km relay
Silver 2009 Pyeongchang 10 km pursuit
Silver 2005 Hochfilzen 4 x 6 km relay
Silver 2001 Pokljuka 4 x 7.5 km relay
Bronze 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km mass start
Bronze 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk Mixed relay
Bronze 2004 Oberhof 4 x 6 km relay
Bronze 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 4 x 7.5 km relay

Kati Wilhelm (born August 2, 1976 in Schmalkalden, Thuringia) is a German former professional biathlete. Like most German biathletes she is also a member of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) with the rank of master sergeant (Hauptfeldwebel). She currently resides in Steinbach-Hallenberg, also in the Federal State of Thuringia.

Kati Wilhelm was born in Schmalkalden, in the Federal State of Thuringia, Germany. She started training cross-country skiing as a child in 1983 and was a member of the German cross-country ski team at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games. In 1999, while attending the Military World Games, she came into contact with biathlon and was hooked on the sport. Her decision to switch to biathlon proved to be a good one. The next year she experienced her first successes including a World Cup victory. During the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002, she was the most decorated female biathlete, winning gold medals in the 7.5 km sprint and the 4 X 6 km relay. She also won a silver medal in the 10 km pursuit. After two years of struggling, she finally moved to Ruhpolding, Bavaria in 2004. She regained her strength and placed second in the 2004-05 World Cup season, defeated only by Frenchwoman Sandrine Bailly. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, she carried the German flag at the opening ceremony. After winning her third Olympic gold medal in the 10 km pursuit as well as silver in the mass start and with the German relay, she became the best female biathlete at the Olympics ever. Moreover, she dominated the 2005-06 World Cup season, winning six races and the overall World Cup trophy. She was elected "biathlete of the year 2006" as well as "German sportswoman of the year 2006". In total she has 21 IBU Biathlon World Cup wins.

In the 2006-07 World Cup season, she finished second for the overall World Cup title behind teammate Andrea Henkel. In the 2008-09 World Cup season, she finished second for the overall World Cup title behind Helena Jonsson, with both biathletes scoring 952 points. Jonsson was awarded the overall title by virtue of her 4 World Cup victories against Wilhelm's 3.

The German media gave her the nickname "Rotkäppchen" (Little Red Riding Hood) because of her characteristic red hair and the red cap she uses in competition. She was able to translate her Olympic victories into multiple endorsement deals, including print and television advertising. Wilhelm announced her retirement from biathlon on 9 March 2010 so that she could focus on her studies. She took part in the International biathlon competition on the “Prize in memory of Vitaly Fatyanov”, Kamchatka 2010. The event was held in Kamchatka, Russia on 15-17 April, where Kati came 3rd in Sprint and won a Pursuit race.

In 2004, Wilhelm was a delegate to the Federal Convention for the Social Democrats.

Other Biathlon achievements[edit]

  • Biathlon World Cup
    • 1x overall winner (2005-06)
    • 3x overall runner-up (2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09)
    • 21 individual victories

Cross-country skiing achievements[edit]

  • World Cup
    • Best finish: 13th in 10 km at Russia: 1998
  • Lone career victory

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Uschi Disl
German Sportswoman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Magdalena Neuner