|Full name||Michael Greis|
18 August 1976 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Updated on December 7, 2012.|
|Competitor for Germany|
|Gold||2006 Turin||20 km individual|
|Gold||2006 Turin||4×7.5 km relay|
|Gold||2006 Turin||15 km mass start|
|Gold||2008 Östersund||Mixed relay|
|Gold||2007 Antholz-Anterselva||15 km mass start|
|Gold||2004 Oberhof||4×7.5 km relay|
|Silver||2011 Khanty-Mansiysk||Mixed relay|
|Silver||2007 Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual|
|Silver||2005 Hochfilzen||20 km individual|
|Bronze||2012 Ruhpolding||4×7.5 km relay|
|Bronze||2009 Pyeongchang||4×7.5 km relay|
|Bronze||2009 Pyeongchang||mixed relay|
|Bronze||2008 Östersund||4×7.5 km relay|
|Bronze||2007 Antholz-Anterselva||4×7.5 km relay|
|Bronze||2005 Khanty-Mansiysk||Mixed relay|
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.)
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 Ulrich's authoritative management of the team, which resulted in Greis' departure from Ulrich'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.
- Winter Olympics
- 2006 3x Gold (Individual, Mass Start, Relay)
- Biathlon World Championships
- 2004 1x Gold (Relay)
- 2005 1x Silver (Individual), 1x Bronze (Mixed relay)
- 2007 1x Gold (Mass start), 1x Silver (Individual), 1x Bronze (Men's relay)
- 2008 1x Gold (Mixed relay)
- 2009 2x Bronze (Mixed relay, Men's relay)
- Biathlon World Cup
- 1 Overall winner (2006/07)
- 11 victories
|German Sportsman of the Year