18 May 1985 |
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Updated on 14 February 2010.|
Vincent Jay (born 18 May 1985, in Albertville), is a French biathlete and non-commissioned officer. During his career, he won two Olympic medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - a gold in the sprint and a bronze medal in the pursuit. He was the first Frenchman to win an Olympic sprint Biathlon title. In the World Cup, he has fourteen podiums with two individual victories in Vancouver and two victories as part of relay teams.
His Olympic victory came one year after his first victory in World Cup at the same venue. He was not considered a favourite to win gold but was seen as the fourth man in the French team after Vincent Defrasne, and Simon and Martin Fourcade. He caused surprise by winning France's first gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games. He followed this up with a bronze medal in the pursuit two days later. This event gave him a level of fame in the media for which he wasn't prepared. After two seasons in halftone, he announced his retirement from the sport because of disappointing results in December 2012. In his last race he helped the French team to a second place in a World Cup relay in Hochfilzen.
He won a gold medal in the 10 km sprint and a Bronze medal in the 12.5 km pursuit at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Jay also won the 20 km individual race at the 2009 World Cup event in Vancouver.
- Jay, Vincent, Équipe de France Militaire de Ski 2011.
- "One Final Competition for Vincent Jay". International Biathlon Union. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Vincent Jay, Biathlon". Vancouver 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Dure, Beau (14 February 2010). "France's Jay wins Olympic biathlon 10K; weather takes toll". USA Today. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
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