Kristin Størmer Steira

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Kristin Størmer Steira
Kristin Størmer Steira 2012-02-18.jpg
Kristin Størmer Steira in Poland, 2012
Personal information
Full name Kristin Størmer Steira
Born (1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 33)
Mo i Rana, Norway
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Professional information
Club IL Forsøk
Skis Madshus
World Cup
Seasons 2002–
Wins 3
Additional podiums 3
Total podiums 6

Kristin Størmer Steira (born 30 April 1981) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 2002. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she has seven medals with two gold (4 x 5 km: 2005, 2011), two silvers (7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit: 2009, 30 km: 2007), and three bronzes (7.5 km + 7,5 km double pursuit: 2005, 2007; 4 x 5 km: 2007). She lives at Drøbak near Oslo.

Steira finished fourth in three individual events (10 km, 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, 30 km) at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She has four individual career victories at various levels from 2002 to 2006.

In 2009 Steira extended her interests to track athletics and announced her ambition to compete in the 5000 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships after achieving a time of 16.02 in Norway. She never did.

In the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she came eighth in the 10 km pursuit.[2] More agonisingly, she achieved her fourth fourth-place Olympic finish in the 15 km pursuit, losing out on a medal by 0.1 seconds in a photo finish with Justyna Kowalczyk.[3] On February 25, 2010 Steira became an Olympic champion in the 4 x 5 km relay, racing in the third leg after Vibeke Skofterud and Therese Johaug and before Marit Bjørgen.

She qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she became 23rd in 15 kilometre skiathlon. In the last event, 30 km mass start freestyle, she finally won the bronze, her only individual medal of the Winter Olympics.

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