Andreas Birnbacher

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Andreas Birnbacher
Andreas Birnbacher - 21-01-2010.jpg
Birnbacher in Antholz-Anterselva in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Andreas Birnbacher
Nickname(s) Andi
Birnei
Born (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 35)
Prien am Chiemsee, West Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Website andibirnbacher.de
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club SC Schleching
World Cup debut 18 January 2001
Retired 10 March 2016
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (2010, 2014)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 9 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
Medals 6 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 16 (2000/01–2015/16)
Individual victories 6
All victories 7
Individual podiums 16
All podiums 36
Discipline titles 1:
1 Mass start (2011–12)

Andreas Birnbacher (born 11 September 1981) is a former German biathlete. His biggest successes were the silver medal in the mass start event at the 2007 World Championships and the gold medal in the mixed relay at the 2008 World Championships. He also won the bronze medal at the 2012 world championships in Ruhpolding when he was part of the German teams that finished third in the mixed relay and the men's relay.

Life and career[edit]

2011–2012 world cup season[edit]

Birnbacher's most successful biathlon world cup season was the 2011–2012 season. He had just come off the back of a strong end to the 2010/2011 season after taking his maiden win in the Oslo sprint. In the opening world cup race at Oestersund, he finished 28th in the individual competition but placed 6th in the sprint and pursuit. Birnbacher's first win of the year came in the Hochfilzen (2) pursuit when he came through from 26th to win, hitting the perfect 20/20 score and denying Ole Einar Bjørndalen in a sprint finish. For Birnbacher, this win was the last race before the Christmas break.

Returning from the break, Birnbacher looked extremely strong in Oberhof.[citation needed] After a poor 24th in the sprint, he ran away with the mass start, hitting all 20 targets and finishing 24.3 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. This victory completed a rout of the top step of the podium for Germany after Magdalena Neuner won both women's races and Arnd Peiffer won the men's sprint.

Birnbacher's strongest weekend of the season was Antholz-Anterselva. After finishing 4th in the sprint, he took win number 3 in the mass start with a penalty lap on shoot 3 proving to be a mere bump on the road to victory as he beat Anton Shipulin and Martin Fourcade by 0.1 and 0.3 seconds respectively. At that point in the season, Birnbacher sat 52 points off Fourcade and 27 pts behind Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway.

World cup 7 took Birnbacher back to the site of his maiden win at the end of last year: Oslo Hollmenkollen. After reasonable[clarification needed] sprint and pursuit performances Birnbacher, finished second in the mass start cleaning all 20 targets but not having the skiing speed of race winner Svendsen. Then any hopes of Birnbacher taking the overall crystal globe ended when the German coaches decided to rest him for Kontiolathi Finland so he could be prepared for the upcoming world championships.

The world championships were a mixed bag for Birnbacher. He won two bronze medals and finished 4th in the individual and mass start events. In the mixed relay, Birnbacher teamed up with Andrea Henkel, Magdalena Neuner and Arnd Peiffer; at the time the four of them combined had won 14 races. Birnbacher looked to have given Germany the win as he made no mistakes on the shooting range and the net result was a 1-minute advantage for Germany. Then Peiffer had a penalty loop on the standing shoot and Germany finished 3rd. His other medal came in the men's relay once again he teamed up with Peiffer but also with Simon Schempp and the returning Michael Greis. Birnbacher needed 2 spare rounds for the standing shoot but his strong skiing kept Germany in the running for Medals. The two bronze medals meant that for the first time in his career Birnbacher had picked up more than one medal from the world championships.

In the last race of the season, a 4th-place finish in the mass start meant Birnbacher clinched the mass start crystal globe thus picking up the German men's first Crystal globe since Michael Greis won the overall and sprint crystal globes in 2007. Birnbacher finished the year third overall on 837 points.

Retirement[edit]

Birnbacher announced his retirement on 8 March 2016 during the World Championships in Oslo. His last race was the 20 km individual on 10 March.[1]

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympic Games[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Canada 2010 Vancouver 12th 23rd 13th 15th 5th N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 22nd
*The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.
Andreas Birnbacher interviewed.

World Championships[edit]

6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Germany 2004 Oberhof 14th N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 56th DNS
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4th
Italy 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 19th 17th 13th Silver
Sweden 2008 Östersund 8th 21st 16th Bronze Gold
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 8th 6th 5th 16th 7th
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 4th 16th 12th 4th Bronze Bronze
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město 8th 23rd 22nd 11th Bronze 13th
Norway 2016 Oslo Holmenkollen 9th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The mixed relay was added as an event in 2005.

World Cup[edit]

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
2000–01 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A
2001–02 42 54th 0 N/A 24 46th 18 51st 0 N/A
2002–03 70 46th 9 46th 27 47th 34 37th 0 N/A
2003–04 172 29th 44 16th 38 43rd 72 26th 18 34th
2004–05 169 30th 34 25th 55 34th 64 26th 16 35th
2005–06 371 17th 34 21st 133 18th 122 13th 90 18th
2006–07 514 13th 58 15th 181 12th 144 16th 131 8th
2007–08 481 10th 28 31st 194 6th 166 8th 90 15th
2008–09 314 27th 27 50th 142 24th 82 27th 63 29th
2009–10 479 15th 58 24th 170 16th 112 15th 123 15th
2010–11 549 14th 93 10th 219 9th 142 13th 95 19th
2011–12 837 3rd 90 8th 248 8th 239 6th 260 1st
2012–13 691 5th 104 2nd 243 6th 181 10th 163 4th
2013–14 171 41st 3 56th 29 56th 96 33rd 43 26th
2014–15 406 24th 36 28th 161 23rd 130 21st 79 23rd
2015–16 421 19th 87 6th 85 38th 164 16th 85 22nd

Individual victories[edit]

6 victories (2 Sp, 1 Pu, 3 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
2010–11
1 victory
(1 Sp)
17 March 2011 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
2011–12
3 victories
(1 Pu, 2 MS)
17 December 2011 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 January 2012 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2012 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2012–13
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
7 December 2012 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 December 2012 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andreas Birnbacher". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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