14 September 1988 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Personal best||1st (Biathlon World Cup Overall 2011–2012)|
|Updated on March 17, 2013.|
Martin Fourcade (born 14 September 1988 in Céret) is a French biathlete and non-commissioned officer. Fourcade has won several medals at the World Championships (including four golds), and is also an Olympic silver medalist and winner of the 2011–12 and 2012-13 Overall World Cups.
Fourcade took up biathlon in 2002 and started competing internationally in 2006, following in the footsteps of his older brother Simon Fourcade. The younger Fourcade competed for France in the 2007 and 2008 Junior World Championships, winning a bronze medal in the relay in 2007.
Fourcade first competed in the Biathlon World Cup at Oslo in March 2008, finishing 61st in what would be his only World Cup appearance that season. The next season was already much more successful for him, as he grabbed his first World Cup points at Hochfilzen, placing 36th in the individual race and 10th in the sprint. His best results that year came at the 2009 World Championships, where he finished in the top 20 in every competition, including an 8th place in the pursuit and a 4th place in the relay. Fourcade finished 24th in the overall World Cup that year.
Fourcade again improved in the 2009–10 season, consistently finishing in the top 10 and making the French team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, together with his brother. Fourcade grabbed a silver medal in the mass start, marking the first time he made the podium in a World Cup event. Fourcade then claimed his first victory in a pursuit at Kontiolahti, and followed up with two more first places at Oslo, in a sprint and another pursuit. The two pursuit victories meant Fourcade won the 2009–10 Pursuit World Cup, edging out Austria's Simon Eder by just one point. In the overall World Cup he finished 5th, 64 points ahead of his brother Simon, who finished a career-best 7th.
The ongoing 2010–11 season has also been highly successful for Fourcade. He opened the season at Östersund with three top 5 finishes, including two 3rd places. After somewhat weaker showings at Pokljuka and Oberhof, Fourcade placed runner-up in all three races at Ruhpolding. Fourcade won mass starts at both Antholz and Fort Kent, and entered the 2011 World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia as one of the favourites.
The first event at the World Championships was the mixed relay, where the French placed 3rd after Fourcade as anchor showed the best male performance in the race to lift his team up from 5th. Fourcade then claimed the silver medal behind Arnd Peiffer in the sprint, despite missing two shots at the prone stage; Fourcade was the fastest skier in the competition. The next day in the pursuit Fourcade won the gold despite three penalties, thanks to turning in another fastest skiing performance.
Fourcade finished 3rd in the overall World Cup, 4th in the Sprint, 2nd in the Pursuit, 3rd in the Individual and 2nd in the Mass Start.
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Fourcade had the best possible start in this 2011–12 season with 2 wins in the Individual and the Pursuit in Östersund, Sweden, leading the Overall ranking for the first time. In Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, he finished 3rd in the Sprint, alongside his older brother Simon who took the 2nd place, behind Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen. It was the first time in biathlon's history that 2 brothers stood on a podium together. In the following pursuit (although finishing respectively 2nd and 3rd) Simon was downgraded to 4th place after IBU decided to upgrade Germany's Arnd Peiffer following a target's malfunction (Peiffer did an extra lap). But the French team claimed Martin had purposely slowed down before crossing the line, seeing that Simon was far behind. IBU finally decided to tie Peiffer and Martin. Antholz was a fantastic weekend for the French team, both men and women relays taking 1st place and Fourcade finishing 3rd of the Sprint and the Mass Start.
In Oslo (Norway), at home, Emil Svendsen grabbed the yellow bib from Fourcade.
The first to start, Fourcade managed to win the Sprint despite extreme temperatures in Kontiolahti, Finland (−18°C).
Fourcade won the Overall 1st place, as well as the titles in the Sprint and the Pursuit.
As of race 21 / 26, Fourcade clearly rules the rankings and unquestionably dominates the whole season with a ratio of 14 podiums (67%) while his rivals (world cup winners in 2012-2013) stand at:
- Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) : 8/21 (38%)
- Jakov Fak (SLO) : 7/21 (33%)
- Anton Shipulin (RUS) : 5/21 (23%)
- Dmitry Malyshko (RUS) : 4/21 (19%)
- Andreas Birnbacher (GER): 3/21 (14%)
- Tarjei Boe (NOR): 3/21 (14%) but missed the beginning of the season due to injury: 3/13 (23%)
- Ondrej Moravec (CZE) : 2/21 (10%)
- Jean-Philippe Leguellec (CAN): 1/21 (5%)
World Cup rankings
|Year / Race||Sprint||Pursuit||Individual||Mass Start||Total|
|2010–11||Khanty-Mansiysk (W.Championships)|| Antholz
Ruhpolding (W. Championships)
|Östersund||Ruhpolding (W. Championships)||8|
Nove Mesto (W. Championships)
Updated November 30, 2013
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