Martin Fourcade

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Martin Fourcade
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Personal information
Born (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 26)
Céret, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Website martinfourcade.fr
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
World Cup debut 13 March 2008
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (2010, 2014)
Medals 4 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 6 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Medals 14 (6 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 8 (2007/08–)
Individual wins 39[a]
All wins 42
Individual podiums 70
All podiums 85
Overall titles 4 (2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15)
Discipline titles 12:
1 Individual (2012–13); 4 Sprint (2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15);
5 Pursuit (2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15);
2 Mass start (2012–13, 2013–14)
Updated on 12 March 2015.

Martin Fourcade (born 14 September 1988) is a French biathlete and non-commissioned officer.[1] Fourcade is a six-time World Champion, twice an Olympic champion and four-time winner of the Overall World Cup.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Fourcade took up biathlon in 2002 and started competing internationally in 2006,[4] 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.[4][5]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4][6][7] Fourcade finished 24th in the overall World Cup that year.[8]

2009–10 season[edit]

Kontiolahti, Finland, March 13, 2010

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.[9] Fourcade grabbed a silver medal in the mass start,[10] marking the first time he made the podium in a World Cup event.[4] Fourcade then claimed his first victory in a pursuit at Kontiolahti,[11][12] and followed up with two more first places at Oslo, in a sprint and another pursuit.[4][13] The two pursuit victories meant Fourcade won the 2009–10 Pursuit World Cup, edging out Austria's Simon Eder by just one point.[13][14] In the overall World Cup he finished 5th, 64 points ahead of his brother Simon, who finished a career-best 7th.[15][16]

2010–11 season[edit]

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.[4][17] Fourcade won mass starts at both Antholz and Fort Kent,[4][18] and entered the 2011 World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia as one of the favourites.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] The next day in the pursuit Fourcade won the gold despite three penalties,[22] thanks to turning in another fastest skiing performance.[23]

Fourcade finished 3rd in the overall World Cup,[24] 4th in the Sprint, 2nd in the Pursuit, 3rd in the Individual and 2nd in the Mass Start.

2011–12 season[edit]

Kontiolahti, Finland, February 12, 2012

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.[25]

2012–13 season[edit]

Fourcade started the season with a win in the Individual in Östersund.[26] A better biathlete this season, Fourcade has improved his shooting, currently at 89% [27]

Career results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

4 medals (2 gold, 2 silver)

Event Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Canada 2010 Vancouver 35th 34th 14th Silver 6th N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 6th Gold Gold Silver 8th 7th
*The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.

World Championships[edit]

15 medals (6 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze)

Event Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass start Relay Mixed relay
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang 18th 8th 13th 15th 4th
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5th
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk Silver Gold 10th 10th 12th Bronze
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding Gold Gold 25th Gold Silver 11th
Czech Republic 2013 Nove Mesto Silver Silver Gold 10th Silver Silver
Finland 2015 Kontiolahti 12th 7th Gold 10th Bronze Silver
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.

Junior/Youth World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Relay
Italy 2007 Martell-Val Martello 5th 9th 9th 3rd
Germany 2008 Ruhpolding 8th 11th 10th 5th

World Cup[edit]

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
2007–08 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A
2008–09 345 24th 33 41st 121 31st 118 19th 73 25th
2009–10 719 5th 97 8th 253 8th 197 1st 152 8th
2010–11 990 3rd 133 3rd 307 4th 320 2nd 230 2nd
2011–12 1100 1st 107 4th 423 1st 384 1st 202 3rd
2012–13 1248 1st 180 1st 484 1st 388 1st 248 1st
2013–14 928 1st 60 7th 400 1st 294 1st 174 1st
2014–15 1042 1st 120 2nd 416 1st 335 1st 186 3rd

Individual victories[edit]

39 victories (8 In, 11 Sp, 12 Pu, 8 MS)

Season Date Event Competition Level
2009–10
3 victories
(1 Sp, 2 Pu)
14 March 2010 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 March 2010 Norway Oslo 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
20 March 2010 Norway Oslo 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2010–11
3 victories
(1 Pu, 2 MS)
22 January 2011 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
13 February 2011 United States Fort Kent 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
6 March 2011 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
2011–12
8 victories
(1 In, 3 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 MS)
30 November 2011 Sweden Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
4 December 2011 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 February 2012 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 March 2012 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
4 March 2012 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
11 March 2012 Germany Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
16 March 2012 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 March 2012 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2012–13
10 victories
(3 In, 3 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
28 November 2012 Sweden Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 December 2012 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2013 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
13 January 2013 Germany Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
14 February 2013 Czech Republic Nove Mesto 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
2 March 2013 Norway Oslo 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
7 March 2013 Russia Sochi 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
9 March 2013 Russia Sochi 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 March 2013 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 March 2013 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2013–14
7 victories
(2 In, 1 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
28 November 2013 Sweden Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
30 November 2013 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2013 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
5 January 2014 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
10 February 2014 Russia Sochi 12.5 km pursuit Winter Olympic Games
13 February 2014 Russia Sochi 20 km individual Winter Olympic Games
23 March 2014 Norway Oslo 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2014–15
8 victories
(2 In, 3 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 MS)
6 December 2014 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
7 December 2014 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2014 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
10 January 2015 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 January 2015 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
12 February 2015 Norway Oslo 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
12 March 2015 Finland Kontiolahti 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
19 March 2015 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Notes[edit]

1. 1 These figures include the races at the 2014 Winter Olympics which did not count in the World Cup scoring system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fourcade, Martin, Équipe de France Militaire de Ski 2011.
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  10. ^ Dure, Beau (2010-02-21). "Tim Burke feels biathlon's cruelty in men's 15K mass start". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
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  17. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (2011-01-16). "Ferry Takes Ruhpolding Pursuit". IBU. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  18. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (2011-01-22). "Martin Fourcade Claims Antholz Mass Start". IBU. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  19. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (2011-03-04). "Sprinting for Championships on Saturday". IBU. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  20. ^ "FINAL RESULTS MIXED 2 X 6 + 2 X 7.5 KM RELAY" (PDF). IBU. 2011-03-03. 
  21. ^ "COMPETITION ANALYSIS – MEN 10 KM SPRINT" (PDF). IBU. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  22. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (2011-03-06). "Martin Fourcade Skis to Pursuit Title". IBU. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  23. ^ "COMPETITION ANALYSIS – MEN 12.5 KM PURSUIT" (PDF). IBU. 2011-03-06. 
  24. ^ "MEN'S WORLD CUP TOTAL SCORES – INTERMEDIATE AFTER 21 COMPETITIONS" (PDF). IBU. 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  25. ^ "Two in a Row for Martin Fourcade!". IBU. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  26. ^ "New Season, But Fourcade Still on Top". IBU. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  27. ^ http://datacenter.biathlonresults.com/?view=statistics_page

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