Raphaël Poirée

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Raphaël Poirée
Raphaël Poiree.jpg
Raphaël Poirée in Antholz in 2006
Personal information
Full name Raphaël Poirée
Born (1974-08-09) 9 August 1974 (age 40)
Rives, Isère
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Professional information
World Cup debut 9 March 1995
Retired 11 March 2007
World Cup
Seasons 13 (1994/95–2006/07)
Individual wins 44
Individual podiums 103
Overall titles 4 (1999−00, 2000−01,
2001−02, 2003−04)
Discipline titles 10:
2 Individual (2003−04,
2006–07);
1 Sprint (2003−04);
4 Pursuit (1998−99,
2000−01, 2001−02,
2003−04);
3 Mass start (1999−00,
2003−04, 2004–05);
Updated on 7 March 2013.

Raphaël Poirée (born 9 August 1974) is a retired French biathlete who was active from 1995 to 2007. With his 44 World Cup victories and several World Championship medals he ranks among the most successful biathletes ever.

Sports career[edit]

Poirée was born in Rives, Isère in France and like the rest of his colleagues in the French biathlon and cross-country skiing team, was a sport soldier.[clarification needed]

Poirée has four IBU World Cup titles (1999−00, 2000−01, 2001−02 and 2003−04). He has also come second once, in 2005−06 and third once, in the 2004−05 season. Poirée has had 103 World Cup podium finishes, 44 in first place, 39 in second, and has come third 20 times. In the Winter Olympics, Poiree has one silver and two bronze medals. At the World Championships however, he has seven gold medals, three silver and seven bronze.

Raphaël Poirée was one of the best mass start biathletes of his time, with 9 1st places, 4 2nd places, and 3 3rd places in his World Cup career, second only to Ole Einar Bjørndalen who got 10 1st places, 5 2nd places and 4 3rd places in the same time frame. Poirée also won 4 out of the 7 World Championship mass start races he took part in.

Poirée also had five victories at the Holmenkollen ski festival biathlon competition with three mass starts (2000, 2002, and 2004), one pursuit (2004) and one individual (2007).

After winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Antholz in 2007, Poiree announced the end of his career after that World Cup season.[1] He eventually chose to retire after the Holmenkollen World Cup meet (i.e. before the season's last WC meet, in Khanty-Mansyisk in Russia the week after); his last competition was the Mass start race on Sunday 11 March, where he finished in second place after a cm-close last sprint to the finish line against his long-time competitor Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married fellow biathlete Liv Grete Skjelbreid Poirée from in 2000 in Norway. They have three daughters together, Emma (born 27 January 2003), Anna (born 10 January 2007) and Lena (born 10 October 2008). They have a flat in La Chapelle-en-Vercors, France, but live mostly in Liv Grete's home village of Hålandsdal, Norway. The Poirées are the only husband and wife to win medals in the same Olympics for different nations. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, France’s Raphaël and Norway’s Liv won matching silver medals in the biathlon. In July 2013, the couple announced that they were separating.[3]

In 2009, Poirée was involved in a quad-bike accident which nearly left him paralysed. One month after undergoing neck and back surgery he was released from hospital.[4]

He speaks French, English, Norwegian and Italian

Achievements[edit]

Winter Olympics

  • 2002: Silver (Pursuit), Bronze (Relay)
  • 2006: Bronze (Relay)
Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Japan 1998 Nagano 22nd DNF N/A N/A 7th N/A
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 10th 9th Silver N/A Bronze N/A
Italy 2006 Turin 20th 8th DNF 12th Bronze N/A
*Pursuit was first added in 2002, mass start in 2006 and the mixed relay in 2014.

Biathlon World Championships

  • 1998: Bronze (Pursuit)
  • 2000: Gold (Mass start), Bronze (Pursuit)
  • 2001: 2 × Gold (Mass start, Relay), Silver (Pursuit)
  • 2002: Gold (Mass start)
  • 2003: Bronze (Mass start)
  • 2004: 3 × Gold (Sprint, Individual, Mass start), Silver (Pursuit), Bronze (Relay)
  • 2005: Bronze (Mass start)
  • 2006: Bronze (Mixed relay)
  • 2007: Gold (Individual), Silver (Mixed relay), Bronze (Mass start)
Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 67th 23rd N/A N/A 5th N/A
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 14th 59th N/A 7th 5th N/A
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka Bronze N/A N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 19th 26th 11th 9th N/A 12th N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo 4th 6th Bronze Gold N/A 10th N/A
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 37th 7th Bronze Gold N/A Gold N/A
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 7th DNF Bronze N/A 13th N/A
Germany 2004 Oberhof Gold Gold Silver Gold N/A Bronze N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 8th 13th 9th Bronze N/A 5th 6th
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka N/A Bronze
Italy 2007 Antholz-Anterselva Gold 8th 6th Bronze N/A Silver
*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.

Biathlon World Cup

  • 4 × Overall winner (1999−00, 2000−01, 2001−02, 2003−04)
  • 10 × Discipline World Cup winner:

       - Sprint(1):2003/04

       - Pursuit(4):1998/99, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2003/04

       - Individual(2):2003/04, 2006/07

       - Mass start(3):1999/00, 2003/04, 2004/05

  • 1 × 2nd place in Overall (2005−06)
  • 2 × 3rd place in Overall (2004−05, 2006–07)
  • 44 World Cup race victories
Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
1995–96 - 17th
1997–98 - 5th
1998–99 365 5th
1999–00 470 1st
2000–01 921 1st 83 7th 375 2nd 278 1st 136 3rd
2001–02 805 1st 88 5th 233 3rd 362 1st 100 2nd
2002–03 591 4th 32 23rd 226 4th 199 3rd 114 3rd
2003–04 1010 1st 146 1st 358 1st 331 1st 140 1st
2004–05 869 3rd 99 6th 277 3rd 374 3rd 146 1st
2005–06 695 2nd 83 3rd 245 3rd 200 3rd 157 2nd
2006–07 709 3rd 150 1st 207 6th 173 7th 147 3rd

Individual victories[edit]

44 victories (7 In, 13 Sp, 15 Pu, 9 MS)

Season Date Event Competition Level
1997–98
1 victory
(1 Sp)
8 January 1998 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
1998–99
4 victories
(3 Pu, 1 MS)
12 December 1998 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
13 January 1999 Germany Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
17 January 1999 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
27 February 1999 United States Lake Placid, New York 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1999–2000
3 victories
(1 Sp, 1 In, 1 MS)
15 December 1999 Slovakia Brezno 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
20 January 2000 Italy Antholz 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
26 February 2000 Norway Oslo 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
2000–01
6 victories
(3 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 MS)
7 December 2000 Italy Antholz 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
8 December 2000 Italy Antholz 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2000 Italy Antholz 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
4 January 2001 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
14 January 2001 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
9 February 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
2001–02
7 victories
(2 Sp, 3 Pu, 2 MS)
16 December 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2002 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2002 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
27 January 2002 Italy Antholz 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 March 2002 Finland Lahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 March 2002 Finland Lahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
24 March 2002 Norway Oslo 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2002–03
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 Pu)
19 December 2002 Slovakia Brezno 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
22 December 2002 Slovakia Brezno 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2003–04
11 victories
(3 Sp, 4 Pu, 2 In, 2 MS)
18 December 2003 Slovakia Brezno 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
21 December 2003 Slovakia Brezno 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 January 2004 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
25 January 2004 Italy Antholz 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
7 February 2004 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
12 February 2004 Germany Oberhof 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
15 February 2004 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
29 February 2004 United States Lake Placid 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
4 March 2004 United States Fort Kent 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
5 March 2004 United States Fort Kent 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
13 March 2004 Norway Oslo 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2004–05
3 victories
(1 Pu, 2 MS)
19 December 2004 Sweden Östersund 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
9 January 2005 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
19 March 2005 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2005–06
1 victory
(1 In)
8 December 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2006–07
6 victories
(2 Sp, 1 Pu, 3 In)
14 December 2006 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 February 2007 Italy Antholz 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
1 March 2007 Finland Lahti 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
3 March 2007 Finland Lahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
4 March 2007 Finland Lahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 March 2007 Norway Oslo 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poiree wins Gold in Individual and announces retirement" – Article from biathlonworld.com, 4 February 2007
  2. ^ "Adieu Raphaël Poirée!"
  3. ^ Liv Grete og Raphael Poirée separeres (Norwegian) TV2, 5 July 2013, retrieved 9 July 2013
  4. ^ "Poiree finally leaves hospital following quad-bike crash" Article from CTV, 26 January 2010

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