Sven Fischer

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Sven Fischer
Sven Fischer 2003.jpg
Fischer in Oberhof, Germany, in 2003
Personal information
Full name Sven Fischer
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 44)
Schmalkalden, Thuringia,
East Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club WSV Oberhof 05
World Cup debut 17 December 1992
Retired 18 March 2007
Olympic Games
Teams 4 (1994, 1998,
2002, 2006)
Medals 8 (4 gold)
World Championships
Teams 14 (1993, 1995,
1996, 1997, 1998,
1999, 2000, 2001,
2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007)
Medals 20 (7 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 15 (1992/93–2006/07)
Individual wins 33
Individual podiums 90
Overall titles 2 (1996–97, 1998–99)
Discipline titles 8:
4 Sprint (1992–93,
1993–94, 1998–99,
2 Pursuit (1997–98,
2 Mass start (1998–99,
Updated on 18 March 2007.

Sven Fischer (born 16 April 1971) is a former German biathlete. He trained with the WSV Oberhof club, and was coached by Frank Ullrich and Fritz Fischer (national coaches) and Klaus Siebert (club coach). After the 2006/07 biathlon season, he retired.[1]


Fischer, who stands at 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and weighs 85 kg (187 lb), was born in Schmalkalden, Thuringia (former East Germany). His apparent talents for athletics was discovered early and already in third grade he was training three times a week in the BSG Werkzeugkombinat sports club. In the fifth grade, he became district champion of his age class.

In September 1983, the boarding school Kinder- und Jugendsportschule (KJS) accepted him on a biathlon youth scholarship. After his exam in 1989, he joined the army studying to become a sports teacher. The German reunification and the fall of the Berlin wall and subsequent unification of the East and West German armies, forced him to leave the military in 1990.

He instead started training for international sport events, but in 1989, when Fischer was eighteen, he had problems with both his kneecaps after a growth spurt as a youth: "I grew too fast and didn't stretch well."[this quote needs a citation] As a result he sat out the whole of the 1989 season and thought he might have to retire from the sport at his young age. However, in the 1990 season when he came back he found that he had become more powerful than before his injury, and in December 1990, he celebrated his first European cup victory in sprint in Hochfilzen. One week later he participated in his first world cup relay. He was soon rewarded B–status and because of success in the German Championship in 1992 he qualified for the world cup in Pokljuka in December 1992.

In 1993, he won a World Championship gold medal in the 10 km Team in Borovets, Bulgaria, and a world cup race, in sprint, in Kontiolahti, Finland. In 1994, he won the Olympic bronze medal in the 20 km individual.

Fischer was an integral part of the German biathlon team until his retirement.

Fischer has eight biathlon victories at the Holmenkollen ski festival, three in individual (1995, 1999, 2004), two in sprint (1995, 1999), two in pursuit (2002, 2004), and one in mass start (2001).


Fischer won the World Cup overall on two occasions (1996/97 and 1998/99), he's also come second twice (1993/94 and 2004/05), and third three times (1995/96, 1997/98, and 1999/2000). In the 2004/05 season Fischer lost the World Cup by only eleven points, which he most probably would have earned had he competed in the final race of the year, but he missed it because of a cold.

In the Olympics, Fischer won four gold medals, one of them in the sprint in 2006 Winter Olympics, and the other three in the relay (1994, 1998, and 2006). He also won two silver, and two bronze.

In the World Championships, Fischer amassed seven gold medals, six silver, and seven bronze. Four of his gold medals were won in relays, one in the team event, one in the individual, and one in the mass start. In the sprint he has one of his silver medals (Hochfilzen 2005). He has three bronze from the pursuit (Kontiolahti 1999, Pokljuka 2001, and Hochfilzen 2005). In the mass start he has one gold (Oslo Holmenkollen 1999), two silver (Khanty-Mansiysk 2003 and Hochfilzen 2005), and one bronze (Pokljuka 2001). His remaining silver and two bronze came in the relay (silver in Ruhpolding 1996, bronzes in Borovets 1993 and Lahti 2000).

Olympic Games[edit]

8 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Norway 1994 Lillehammer Bronze 7th N/A N/A Gold N/A
Japan 1998 Nagano 14th 29th N/A N/A Gold N/A
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 29th Silver 12th N/A Silver N/A
Italy 2006 Turin 17th Gold Bronze 17th Gold N/A
*Pursuit was first added in 2002, mass start in 2006 and the mixed relay in 2014.

World Championships[edit]

20 medals (7 gold, 6 silver, 7 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
Bulgaria 1993 Borovets DNS 20th N/A N/A Gold Bronze N/A
Italy 1995 Antholz-Anterselva DNS 26th N/A N/A 14th Gold N/A
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 22nd 19th N/A N/A 6th Silver N/A
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 5th 24th 22nd N/A Gold N/A
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka N/A N/A 4th N/A Silver N/A N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti Gold 7th Bronze Gold N/A 4th N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo Holmenkollen 19th 40th 13th 13th N/A Bronze N/A
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 11th 5th Bronze Bronze N/A 12th N/A
Norway 2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/A N/A N/A Silver N/A N/A N/A
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 12th 11th 22nd Silver N/A Gold N/A
Germany 2004 Oberhof 16th 8th 23rd 11th N/A Gold N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen Silver Bronze 4th Silver N/A 6th
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10th
Italy 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 20th 43rd 17th 5th N/A Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**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.


  1. ^ Schwarzbach, Stefan (2007-05-07). "The end of an exceptional career: Sven Fischer retires". International Biathlon Union. 

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