Mark Kirchner

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Mark Kirchner
Medal record
Men's biathlon
Competitor for  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1994 Lillehammer 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold 1992 Albertville 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold 1992 Albertville 10 km sprint
Silver 1992 Albertville 20 km individual
World Championships
Gold 1995 Antholz-Anterselva 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold 1993 Borovets 10 km sprint
Gold 1991 Lahti 20 km individual
Gold 1991 Lahti 10 km sprint
Gold 1991 Lahti 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver 1997 Brezno-Osrblie Team event
Bronze 1993 Borovets 4 × 7.5 km relay
Competitor for  East Germany
World Championships
Gold 1990 Oslo 10 km sprint
Gold 1990 Oslo Team event
Bronze 1990 Kontiolahti 4 × 7.5 km relay

Mark Kirchner (born April 4, 1970 in Neuhaus am Rennweg, Thuringia, East Germany) is a German former biathlete. He won gold in the 10 km sprint at the Albertville Olympics in 1992 and followed that up by taking silver in the 20 km individual and gold in the relay. Therefore the only race he could not claim a gold medal in was the 20 km individual where the out-of-the-blue win by Eugeni Redkine of Russia prevented him from becoming an absolute champion of these Games.

In 1994 in Lillehammer, he was his country's flag bearer and was part of the gold-medal winning relay team. He made the youngest triple Olympic Champion in biathlon ever as by February 1994 he was just 23 years and 10 months old.

Kirchner came second in the overall World Cup standings twice which happened in the two consecutive seasons of 1990\1991 and 1991\1992 the former behind Sergey Tchepikov of the USSR and the latter behind Mikael Lofgren of Sweden.

In addition Kirchner became World Champion multiple times.

He reritred relatively early in 1998 at the age of 28.

At present Kirchner is employed as an assistant of Frank Ullrich, the German biathlon male team Head coach and his responsibilities include the youth sector.