Ole Einar Bjørndalen

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen
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Personal information
Full name Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Born (1974-01-27) 27 January 1974 (age 40)
Simostranda, Modum, Norway
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
Club Simostranda IL
Skis Madshus
World Cup
Seasons 1993– (biathlon)
Wins
Additional podiums
Total podiums
Overall titles 6 (1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09)
Updated on 18 February 2014.

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (born 27 January 1974) is a Norwegian professional biathlete, often referred to by the nickname "The King of Biathlon". He is the most medaled Olympian in the history of the Winter Games, with 13 medals.[1] In 1992, he won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later in 1993, after winning a record three junior world championship titles, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen first competed in the Olympic Games at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, held in his home country of Norway. He obtained his first major victory on 11 January 1996 in an individual competition held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. On 20 February 2014, Bjørndalen was elected to the International Olympic Committee's athlete commission, having become the most decorated Winter Olympic athlete in history.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen became the first biathlete ever to win a grand slam by winning all three gold medals on the Junior Biathlon World Championships. As of 19 February 2014, Bjørndalen has won eight Olympic gold medals, four Olympic silver, one Olympic bronze, nineteen World Championship gold medals, eleven silver, and nine bronze, and a record high of 94 individual Biathlon World Cup wins, the most of any biathlete to date. He has won the World Cup six times (1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, and 2008–09) finished second four times (1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04), and third once (2001–02). In his first season (1992–93) he finished 62nd, the season after, 30th and the season after that, 4th. When winning the overall world cup in 1998, at the age of 24, he won every event in biathlon in one season – world championships gold medal, Olympic gold medal and the overall World Cup title. His World Cup podium record is 170 podium finishes, 94 1st places, 49 2nd places, and 27 3rd places. He is the only biathlete ever to win all four biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games). This encompasses the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events, the latter together with three other participants. Bjørndalen's 94 biathlon World Cup victories and one cross-country victory is four behind of Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann's record of 98 World Cup victories for a winter sport athlete.[3]

Bjørndalen occasionally competes in cross-country skiing, and in 2006 he won an FIS Cross-Country World Cup race in Gällivare, Sweden, to become the first male biathlete to win a cross-country competition.[4] He is also the only biathlete who has won every event during the same Winter Olympic Games (four gold medals).[5] He achieved this feat at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there.[6] This makes him one of only three Olympians to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games. He repeated this medal haul at the Biathlon World Championships 2005 in Hochfilzen, Austria and at the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[3]

At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Bjørndalen became the most successful biathlete in Winter Olympic history by surpassing the previous record of nine career Olympic medals, which he shared with Uschi Disl of Germany. He then anchored Norway to gold in the Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay. This was the second time that Norway had won a title in this event, with the other being at the 2002 Winter Olympics (also anchored by Bjørndalen). With this victory he became the second most decorated Winter Olympian of all time and one of only two athletes to win 11 medals at the Winter Olympics. With his gold medal in 10 km sprint at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, he tied fellow Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie for most Winter Olympic medals, with 12 in total.[7]

Bjørndalen in Kontiolahti, Finland, 12 February 2012, where he won gold

As of February 19, 2014, Bjørndalen has won eight Olympic gold medals, four silver and a bronze.[8] He has also won 19 World Championship gold medals, 11 silver and nine bronze (more than anybody in biathlon history), along with a record 94 World Cup victories in Biathlon an 1 World Cup victory in Cross Country skiing, 170 podium finishes in Biathlon and 3 in Cross Country skiing. He also finished in the top three of the Overall World Cup rankings for a record thirteen successive seasons between the 1996–97 and 2008–09 seasons.[3] Bjørndalen has 30 gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, Winter: 20km individual(4), sprint(6), pursuit(6), mass start(4), relay(8) and team(2).[9] He has achieved 19 individual gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon/winter and 14 individual gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon/summer.[10]

2005–06 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen finished the 2005–06 International Biathlon Union World Cup season in first place, with Frenchman Raphaël Poirée in second place and German Sven Fischer in third. Bjørndalen lay in third place in the standings going into the last three races of the season in Holmenkollen, with Poirée in first, and Fischer in second. However Bjørndalen won all three races, giving him six victories in the last eight races, and clinching the crystal globe. He also won the pursuit, and the mass start title, and came second in the individual and the sprint. In the pursuit he finished ahead of Fischer by 54 points, and 29 points ahead of Poirée in the mass start. In the individual he finished 41 points behind Michael Greis, and in the sprint he was 5 points behind Tomasz Sikora. Norway finished fourth in the team relay.

Bjørndalen closed out the season by winning all three events (sprint, pursuit, and mass start) at the Holmenkollen ski festival biathlon competition. This put his career victories at the ski events to five, having won once both in 2003 (pursuit) and in 2004 (sprint).

2006–07 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen made a perfect start to the season, winning all of the first five races in Östersund and Hochfilzen. In the fifth race of the season, the pursuit race in Hochfilzen, he won with one of his largest margins ever, more than 2 minutes. On 30 December 2006 Bjørndalen took part in the Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen in the Veltins Arena. In front of about 51,000 people he won it for fourth time in a row. His partner for second consecutive time was Linda Grubben. They both left their rivals, the Robert family, more than one minute behind.[11]

In Oberhof, coming down from training in the heights, Bjørndalen performed below standard for the season, and finishing only 30th and 5th in the individual competitions. In Ruhpolding he led his team-mates to victory in the relay event. He won the two following individual competitions. After competing in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Sapporo 2007, he missed several Biathlon World Cup events; after missing eight competitions altogether Bjørndalen finished second in the overall standings, after German Michael Greis.

2008–09 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen started off the season suffering from the effects of long-term illness, but still placed second in both of the pursuit events. He missed the Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen, focusing on training instead. After the break, he returned with victories in both the sprint and pursuit events in Ruhpolding and a third place in the mass start in Oberhof.

Controversy at World Championships 2009[edit]

At the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in Pyeongchang, during the men's 12.5 km pursuit, Bjørndalen with at least 15 other competitors accidentally skied the wrong way at the start of the first lap due to the bad marking. Just after leaving the start, the athletes skied over a bridge instead of skiing beside it, which was the right way. A jury meeting decided to give all these athletes a one minute time penalty, following a complaint from the Russian team. However, another complaint by seven other member states led to the Appeal Jury reverting to the original result.[12] Along with Bjørndalen's first ever 20 km individual World Championship title, he won four out of six possible gold medals (10 km sprint, 12.5 km pursuit, 20 km individual and the 4×7.5 km relay).

After the World Championships Bjørndalen came second in the sprint in Vancouver, he took over the world cup overall lead. He followed up with a second place, and two victories at the events in Granåsen, Trondheim (the latter being a mass start where he shot clean). He secured his sixth overall win in the last sprint of the season, in Khanty-Mansiysk where he placed second. In the following event (a pursuit), he was beaten at the finish line by teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen, but won the pursuit cup.

Personal life[edit]

Bjørndalen resides in the village of Obertilliach, Austria. He also used to live in Toblach, Italy, with Italian-Belgian biathlete Nathalie Santer. They started dating in 1998 and married on 27 May 2006. On 4 October 2012 they filed for divorce on mutual agreement.[13]

Awards and honors[edit]

For his accomplishments in biathlon and cross-country skiing, Bjørndalen received the Egebergs Ærespris in 2002. In 2008, a nearly three meter tall bronze statue of Bjørndalen, created by sculptor Kirsten Kokkin, was erected in his hometown of Simostranda, Norway.[14] In March 2011, he, Michael Greis and Andrea Henkel were awarded the Holmenkollen Medal, the first biathletes to receive the medal.[15]

Results[edit]

Bjørndalen in Trondheim, March 2009

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[3]

Olympic Games[edit]

13 medals (8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Norway 1994 Lillehammer 36th 28th N/A N/A 7th N/A
Japan 1998 Nagano 7th Gold N/A N/A Silver N/A
United States 2002 Salt Lake City Gold Gold Gold N/A Gold N/A
Italy 2006 Turin Silver 11th Silver Bronze 5th N/A
Canada 2010 Vancouver Silver 17th 7th 27th Gold N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 34th Gold 4th 22nd 4th Gold
*Pursuit was first added in 2002, mass start in 2006 and the mixed relay in 2014.

World Championships[edit]

39 medals (19 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
Canada 1994 Canmore N/A N/A 4th N/A
Italy 1995 Antholz 12th 4th N/A N/A 5th N/A
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 19th 6th N/A N/A 4th 4th N/A
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 6th 9th Bronze N/A 4th Silver N/A
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka Silver N/A Gold N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 4th 19th 5th Bronze N/A Bronze N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo 20th 5th 4th Bronze N/A Silver N/A
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 10th 19th 4th Silver N/A Bronze N/A
Norway 2002 Oslo 7th N/A N/A
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 30th Gold 8th Gold N/A 4th N/A
Germany 2004 Oberhof Bronze Bronze Bronze 7th N/A Silver N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 6th Gold Gold Gold N/A Gold
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka N/A Silver
Italy 2007 Antholz 32nd Gold Gold 4th N/A Silver
Sweden 2008 Östersund Silver Bronze Gold Silver N/A Silver
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang Gold Gold Gold 4th N/A Gold 4th
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk N/A Silver
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 6th 22nd 24th 6th N/A Gold Gold
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 47th 20th 14th 8th N/A Gold Gold
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město 25th 4th 10th 24th N/A Gold
*Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999 and the mixed relay in 2005.

Overall record[edit]

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay Total
1st Place 7 36 37 14 29 3 126
2nd Place 9 21 13 6 22 2 73
3rd Place 2 11 7 7 12 39
Top 10 15 40 31 15 11 1 113
11–20 10 31 11 10 1 63
21–40 16 13 5 5 39
41–50 6 5 11
Others 8 4 12
Starts 73 161 104 57 75 6 476
*Results in all IBU World Cup races.

Junior/Youth World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Relay Team
Canada 1992 Canmore 23rd 47th 6th Bronze
Germany 1993 Ruhpolding Gold Gold 8th Gold

World Cup[edit]

Season Overall Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
1992–93 - 62nd
1993–94 - 30th
1994–95 - 4th
1995–96 - 9th
1997–98 - 1st
1998–99 397 2nd
1999–00 448 2nd
2000–01 911 2nd 393 1st 272 2nd 110 2nd 136 2nd
2001–02 692 3rd 219 5th 315 3rd 108 2nd 50 17th
2002–03 737 1st 328 1st 230 1st 16 34th 150 1st
2003–04 901 2nd 341 2nd 315 2nd 75 6th 138 2nd
2004–05 923 1st 330 1st 317 2nd 130 1st 146 1st
2005–06 814 1st 253 2nd 283 1st 92 2nd 186 1st
2006–07 732 2nd 201 10th 265 2nd 90 6th 180 1st
2007–08 869 1st 383 1st 247 1st 59 7th 180 1st
2008–09 1080 1st 372 1st 342 1st 110 4th 199 2nd
2009–10 593 10th 265 7th 108 16th 54 25th 152 7th
2010–11 586 10th 205 14th 113 20th 126 4th 142 7th
2011–12 548 16th 199 18th 239 5th 110 17th
2012–13 463 22nd 173 19th 167 16th 33 35th 90 26th
2013–14 556 6th 260 4th 194 9th 10 44th 92 8th

Individual victories[edit]

94 victories (36 Sp, 37 Pu, 7 In, 14 MS)

Season Date Event Competition Level
1996–97
4 victories
(2 Sp, 1 Pu, 1 In)
11 January 1996 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
4 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
5 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 January 1997 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
1997–98
2 victories
(2 Sp)
17 January 1998 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 February 1998 Japan Nagano-Nozawa Onsen 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
1998–99
3 victories
(1 Sp. 2 Pu)
11 December 1998 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 January 1999 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
23 January 1999 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1999–2000
5 victories
(1 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In)
2 December 1999 Austria Hochfilzen 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
4 December 1999 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
6 January 2000 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
7 January 2000 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 January 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2000–01
8 victories
(4 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
1 December 2000 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 December 2000 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2001 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2001 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2001 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
28 February 2001 United States Salt Lake City 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 March 2001 United States Salt Lake City 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 March 2001 United States Salt Lake City 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2001–02
5 victories
(2 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In)
6 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 20 km individual Winter Olympic Games
13 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
16 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 12.5 km pursuit Winter Olympic Games
2002–03
11 victories
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 3 MS)
8 December 2002 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2002 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2002 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
9 January 2003 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2003 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2003 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
19 January 2003 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
9 February 2003 Finland Lahti 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
16 February 2003 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
15 March 2003 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
23 March 2003 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
2003–04
5 victories
(1 Sp, 4 Pu)
4 December 2003 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
7 December 2003 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2003 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
10 January 2004 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2004 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2004–05
12 victories
(5 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
2 December 2004 Norway Beitostølen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 December 2004 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 January 2005 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 January 2005 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
19 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
23 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
20 February 2005 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
5 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
6 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
13 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
17 March 2005 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2005–06
8 victories
(2 Sp, 4 Pu, 2 MS)
27 November 2005 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 January 2006 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
8 March 2006 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 March 2006 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 March 2006 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
23 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
25 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
26 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2006–07
11 victories
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
30 November 2006 Sweden Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 December 2006 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 December 2006 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 December 2006 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2006 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
13 January 2007 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
14 January 2007 Germany Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
3 February 2007 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
4 February 2007 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
10 March 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 March 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2007–08
7 victories
(3 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
1 December 2007 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
8 December 2007 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2007 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 January 2008 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
20 January 2008 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
10 February 2008 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
6 March 2008 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
2008–09
7 victories
(2 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
17 January 2009 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2009 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
15 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
17 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
21 March 2009 Norway Trondheim 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 March 2009 Norway Trondheim 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2009–10
3 victories
(2 Sp, 1 MS)
5 December 2009 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 December 2009 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
10 January 2010 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2010–11
1 victory
(1 Pu)
5 December 2010 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2011–12
1 victory
(1 Pu)
12 February 2012 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2013–14
1 victory
(1 Sp)
8 February 2014 Russia Sochi 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
Year Ranking
Total
Number
Victories
2013/14 6. 1
2012/13 22. -
2011/12 16. 1
2010/11 10. 1
2009/10 10. 3
2008/09 1. 7
2007/08 1. 7
2006/07 2. 11 + 1
2005/06 1. 8
2004/05 1. 12
2003/04 2. 5
2002/03 1. 11
2001/02 3. 5
2000/01 2. 8
1999/00 2. 5
1998/99 2. 3
1997/98 1. 2
1996/97 2. 3
1995/96 9. 1
1994/95 4. -
1993/94 30. -
1992/93 62. -
Total 6 victories 94 + 1

Shooting[edit]

Bjørndalen is a solid shooter, but is generally outside the top twenty marksmen. Bjørndalen finished the 2005–06 season with a shooting percentage of 84%, hitting 292 out of 345 possible targets, that placed him in 36th position for shooting accuracy. His shooting record for both prone and standing were practically identical, 146/172 in the prone and 146/173 in the standing position. In the individual disciplines, he shot 92% in the individual, 89% in the sprint, 96% in the pursuit, 93% in the mass start and 96% in the relay.

In the 2004–05 season Bjørndalen was the 16th best shot with an 85% success rate, the second best Norwegian behind Egil Gjelland. He hit 331 targets out of a possible 364. His prone like most biathletes was much better than his standing shoot, he hit 169/180 (92%) in the prone and 163/184 (81%) in the standing. He had an average of 88% in the individual, sprint and relay, a 91% hit rate in the mass start but only 79% in the pursuit. During his career in 1999/00 he averaged 82%, in 2000–01 78%, 2001–02 74%, 2002–03 86% and in 2003–04 he hit 80% of the targets, however in those five years his standing shoot was the same or better than his prone shoot. In comparison his greatest rival Raphaël Poirée averaged 87% in 2004–05 and 86% in 2005–06. Nikolay Kruglov was the best shot in 2004–05 with a 91% success rate, with Ricco Gross in second with 89%, and in 2005 Julien Robert was best with a 93% average and Gross again second with 91%.[3]

Shooting statistics[edit]

Statistics sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[3]

Shooting 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Overall 85% 84% 84% 83% 85% 83% 86% 80%
Prone position 89% 84% 85% 84% 85% 87% 89% 85%
Standing position 81% 84% 84% 82% 86% 80% 83% 75%

Equipment[edit]

Bjørndalen uses Madshus skis, boots and poles. He uses Rottefella NNN bindings. His gloves and base layer are from Odlo, and he uses Casco glasses.[citation needed]

During the off-season in 2006 Bjørndalen was testing a new ski boot that had a high heel in the Torsby ski tunnel with boot manufacturers Madshus.[16] The theory is that it forces the knee more forward for better position and it incorporates the large gluteal muscles.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  2. ^ "Athletes select two IOC reps". ESPN. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
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  4. ^ Kim Nystøl (18 November 2006). "Bjørndalen vant, ble historisk". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  5. ^ Strauss, Chris (8 February 2014). "Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's not the all-time winter medal king just yet". USA Today. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins gold in men's 10km sprint, matching record for most career Olympic medals". NBC. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sochi 2014: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen makes Winter Olympic history". BBC Sport. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
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  11. ^ WTC Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
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  13. ^ "The divorce of Nathalie Santer and Ole Einer Bjorndalen". Biathlon News. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ole Einar Bjorndalen". Sochi 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Oslo Awards and Endings". IBU. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  16. ^ Prestvik, Johan (19 October 2006). "Will Bjorndalen Win Gold In High Heels". FasterSkier. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

External links[edit]


Awards
Preceded by
Olaf Tufte
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Petter Solberg
Preceded by
Anders Aukland
Egebergs Ærespris
2002
Succeeded by
Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen
Records
Preceded by
Norway Bjørn Dæhlie
Athletes with the most medals at Winter Olympics
February 19, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent