Ole Einar Bjørndalen
|Ole Einar Bjørndalen|
|Full name||Ole Einar Bjørndalen|
27 January 1974 |
Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|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. 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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 Results
- 5 Shooting
- 6 Equipment
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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 six times (1996-97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, and 2006-07), 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 biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games). This encompassed 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.
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. He is also the only biathlete who has won every event during the same Winter Olympic Games (four gold medals). He achieved this feat at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there. 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.
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 × 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.
As of February 19, 2014, Bjørndalen has won eight Olympic gold medals, four silver and a bronze. 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. In total Ole Einar Bjørndalen has won 44 Norwegian Championship gold medals. He has won 30 gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon, winter event: 20 individual gold medals: individual (4), sprint (6), pursuit (6), mass start (4) and 10 gold medals in relay and the team event: relay (8) and team (2). Bjørndalen has also achieved 14 individual gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon, summer event: sprint (7) and pursuit (7) 
2005–06 World Cup season
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
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.
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
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
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. 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.
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.
Awards and honors
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. In March 2011, he, Michael Greis and Andrea Henkel were awarded the Holmenkollen Medal, the first biathletes to receive the medal.
13 medals (8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Gold||Gold||Gold||N/A||Gold||N/A|
- *Pursuit was first added in 2002, mass start in 2006 and the mixed relay in 2014.
39 medals (19 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Team||Relay||Mixed relay|
|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.
|Result||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay||Total|
- *Results in all IBU World Cup races.
Junior/Youth World Championships
94 victories (36 Sp, 37 Pu, 7 In, 14 MS)
|11 January 1996||Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 1 Pu)
|4 January 1997||Oberhof||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|5 January 1997||Oberhof||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 January 1997||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|17 January 1998||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 February 1998||Nagano-Nozawa Onsen||10 km sprint||Winter Olympic Games|
(1 Sp. 2 Pu)
|11 December 1998||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|9 January 1999||Oberhof||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|23 January 1999||Antholz-Anterselva||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In)
|2 December 1999||Hochfilzen||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|4 December 1999||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|6 January 2000||Oberhof||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|7 January 2000||Oberhof||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|22 January 2000||Antholz-Anterselva||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(4 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
|1 December 2000||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|17 December 2000||Brezno-Osrblie||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|12 January 2001||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 January 2001||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|21 January 2001||Antholz-Anterselva||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|28 February 2001||Salt Lake City||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|2 March 2001||Salt Lake City||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|3 March 2001||Salt Lake City||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In)
|6 December 2001||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|9 December 2001||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 February 2002||Salt Lake City||20 km individual||Winter Olympic Games|
|13 February 2002||Salt Lake City||10 km sprint||Winter Olympic Games|
|16 February 2002||Salt Lake City||12.5 km pursuit||Winter Olympic Games|
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 3 MS)
|8 December 2002||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 December 2002||Pokljuka||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|15 December 2002||Pokljuka||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|9 January 2003||Oberhof||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|12 January 2003||Oberhof||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 January 2003||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|19 January 2003||Ruhpolding||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|9 February 2003||Lahti||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|16 February 2003||Oslo Holmenkollen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|15 March 2003||Khanty-Mansiysk||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|23 March 2003||Khanty-Mansiysk||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Championships|
(1 Sp, 4 Pu)
|4 December 2003||Kontiolahti||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|7 December 2003||Kontiolahti||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 December 2003||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|10 January 2004||Pokljuka||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 January 2004||Ruhpolding||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(5 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
|2 December 2004||Beitostølen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 December 2004||Oslo Holmenkollen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|15 January 2005||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|16 January 2005||Ruhpolding||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|19 January 2005||Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|21 January 2005||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|23 January 2005||Antholz-Anterselva||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|20 February 2005||Pokljuka||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|5 March 2005||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|6 March 2005||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Championships|
|13 March 2005||Hochfilzen||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Championships|
|17 March 2005||Khanty-Mansiysk||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 4 Pu, 2 MS)
|27 November 2005||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|22 January 2006||Antholz-Anterselva||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|8 March 2006||Pokljuka||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 March 2006||Pokljuka||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 March 2006||Kontiolahti||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|23 March 2006||Oslo Holmenkollen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|25 March 2006||Oslo Holmenkollen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|26 March 2006||Oslo Holmenkollen||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
|30 November 2006||Östersund||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|2 December 2006||Östersund||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|3 December 2006||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|8 December 2006||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|9 December 2006||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|13 January 2007||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 January 2007||Ruhpolding||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|3 February 2007||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|4 February 2007||Antholz-Anterselva||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Championships|
|10 March 2007||Oslo Holmenkollen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 March 2007||Oslo Holmenkollen||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
(3 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
|1 December 2007||Kontiolahti||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|8 December 2007||Hochfilzen||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|15 December 2007||Pokljuka||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|6 January 2008||Oberhof||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|20 January 2008||Antholz-Anterselva||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|10 February 2008||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Championships|
|6 March 2008||Khanty-Mansiysk||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
|17 January 2009||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 January 2009||Ruhpolding||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 February 2009||Pyeongchang||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|15 February 2009||Pyeongchang||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Championships|
|17 February 2009||Pyeongchang||20 km individual||Biathlon World Championships|
|21 March 2009||Trondheim||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|22 March 2009||Trondheim||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 1 MS)
|5 December 2009||Östersund||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 December 2009||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|10 January 2010||Oberhof||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Cup|
|5 December 2010||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|12 February 2012||Kontiolahti||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|8 February 2014||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.
|2006/07||2.||11 + 1|
|Total||6 victories||94 + 1|
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%.
Statistics sourced from the International Biathlon Union.
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. The theory is that it forces the knee more forward for better position and it incorporates the large gluteal muscles.
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