Michael Greis

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Michael Greis
Michael Greis.jpg
Greis at the World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva.
Personal information
Full name Michael Greis
Nickname(s) Michi
Born (1976-08-18) 18 August 1976 (age 38)
Füssen, Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club SK Nesselwang
World Cup debut 28 February 2001
Retired 5 December 2012
Olympic Games
Teams 3 (2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals 3 (3 gold)
World Championships
Teams 9 (2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2007, 2008,
2009, 2011, 2012)
Medals 12 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 13 (2000/01–2012/13)
Individual wins 11
All wins 21
Individual podiums 34
All podiums 64
Overall titles 1 (2006–07)
Discipline titles 4:
3 Individual (2004–05,
2005–06, 2008–09);
1 Sprint (2006–07);
Updated on 5 December 2012.

Michael Greis (born 18 August 1976 in Füssen, Bavaria) is a German retired triple Olympic gold medalist in biathlon.

Greis first competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, finishing 15th and 16th in the 10 km sprint and 12.5 km pursuit events in the biathlon.

Greis won the World Cup in the individual category in 2004/05, and was a member of the winning 4 × 7.5 km relay team in the 2004 Biathlon World Championships, and took silver in the individual 20 km category at the 2005 World Championships.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Greis came into the games heading the World Cup standings and took the first Olympic gold of the games with victory in the individual 20 km ahead of the defending Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen. He was also a member of the German team that won the 4 × 7.5 km relay.

On 25 February 2006 Greis won the men's 15 km event and became the first person to capture three gold medals at the Turin Olympic Games. (Koreans Jin Sun-Yu and Ahn Hyun Soo became the second and third later on the same day with victories in short track speed skating.)

Greis was named German sportsman of the year, along with fellow biathlete Kati Wilhelm, by journalists.[1]

In the 2006/07 World Cup season, Greis won the Overall and the Sprint competition.

In the 2007/08 World Cup season Greis managed onto the podium on a regular basis, attaining three victories, three 2nd places as well as three 3rds. At the season's World Champs in Östersund Greis did not participate in the sprint and in the pursuit but being anchor both in the men's Relay and the mixed Relay, helped to secure a gold and a bronze for his team.

Prior to the 2008/09 World Cup season Greis had had a serious disagreement with the Germans' head coach Frank Ullrich the reason being Ullrich's authoritative management of the team, which resulted in Greis' departure from Ullrich's jurisdiction to train on his own. This yielded him quite a solid performance throughout the year, with another two World Cup victories and the relay bronze at the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in South Korea.

Greis participated in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada which turned to be a disappointing performance for his fans as he finished in the mediocre 10th place twice, in the Individual and the Mass Start, along with coming 5th in the relay and the pursuit, adding to a streak of unsuccessful Olympic performances by the German biathlon male team when not a single German managed to win any medal in biathlon for the first time in the Olympic history. Greis retired after competing in Östersund in November 2012.


  • Biathlon World Championships
    • 2004 1 × Gold (Relay)
    • 2005 1 × Silver (Individual), 1 × Bronze (Mixed relay)
    • 2007 1 × Gold (Mass start), 1 × Silver (Individual), 1 × Bronze (Men's relay)
    • 2008 1 × Gold (Mixed relay)
    • 2009 2 × Bronze (Mixed relay, Men's relay)


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Preceded by
Germany Ronny Ackermann
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Fabian Hambüchen