Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Biathlon
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Biathlon pictogram.svg
Venue Whistler Olympic Park
Dates February 13–26, 2010
Competitors 221 from 37 nations
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Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Biathlon pictogram.svg
Individual   men   women
Sprint   men   women
Pursuit   men   women
Mass start   men   women
Relay   men   women

The biathlon competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics were held at Whistler Olympic Park in Whistler, British Columbia. The events were held between the 13th and 26 February 2010.

The men's individual biathlon was notable for the awarding of two silver medals due to two competitors finishing with a tie (48:32.0). No bronze medal was awarded in this event.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 3 2 0 5
2  Germany (GER) 2 1 2 5
3  Russia (RUS) 2 1 1 4
4  France (FRA) 1 2 3 6
5  Slovakia (SVK) 1 1 1 3
6  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
7  Austria (AUT) 0 2 0 2
8  Belarus (BLR) 0 1 1 2
9  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 1 0 1
10  Croatia (CRO) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 11 9 30

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
 Norway
48:22.5 Ole Einar Bjørndalen
 Norway
Sergey Novikov
 Belarus
48:32.0 Not awarded
Sprint
details
Vincent Jay
 France
24:07.8 Emil Hegle Svendsen
 Norway
24:20.0 Jakov Fak
 Croatia
24:21.8
Pursuit
details
Björn Ferry
 Sweden
33:38.4 Christoph Sumann
 Austria
33:54.9 Vincent Jay
 France
34:06.6
Mass start
details
Evgeny Ustyugov
 Russia
35:35.7 Martin Fourcade
 France
35:46.2 Pavol Hurajt
 Slovakia
35:52.3
Relay
details
 Norway (NOR)
Halvard Hanevold
Tarjei Bø
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
1:21:38.1  Austria (AUT)
Simon Eder
Daniel Mesotitsch
Dominik Landertinger
Christoph Sumann
1:22:16.7  Russia (RUS)
Ivan Tcherezov
Anton Shipulin
Maxim Tchoudov
Evgeny Ustyugov
1:22:16.9

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Tora Berger
 Norway
40:52.8 Elena Khrustaleva
 Kazakhstan
41:13.5 Darya Domracheva
 Belarus
41:21.0
Sprint
details
Anastasiya Kuzmina
 Slovakia
19:55.6 Magdalena Neuner
 Germany
19:57.1 Marie Dorin
 France
20:06.5
Pursuit
details
Magdalena Neuner
 Germany
30:16.0 Anastasiya Kuzmina
 Slovakia
30:28.3 Marie-Laure Brunet
 France
30:44.3
Mass start
details
Magdalena Neuner
 Germany
35:19.6 Olga Zaitseva
 Russia
35:25.1 Simone Hauswald
 Germany
35:26.9
Relay
details
 Russia (RUS)
Svetlana Sleptsova
Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
Olga Medvedtseva
Olga Zaitseva
1:09:36.3  France (FRA)
Marie-Laure Brunet
Sylvie Becaert
Marie Dorin
Sandrine Bailly
1:10:09.1  Germany (GER)
Kati Wilhelm
Simone Hauswald
Martina Beck
Andrea Henkel
1:10:13.4

Events[edit]

A total of ten biathlon events were held at Vancouver 2010:

Men Women
4 x 7.5 km relay 4 x 6 km relay
10 km sprint 7.5 km sprint
12.5 km pursuit 10 km pursuit
15 km mass start 12.5 km mass start
20 km individual 15 km individual

Competition schedule[edit]

All times are Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8).

Day Date Start Finish Event
Day 2 Saturday 2010-02-13 13:00 14:10 7.5 km sprint women
Day 3 Sunday 2010-02-14 11:15 12:25 10 km sprint men
Day 5 Tuesday 2010-02-16 10:30 11:10 10 km pursuit women
12:45 13:25 12.5 km pursuit men
Day 7 Thursday 2010-02-18 10:00 11:40 15 km individual women
13:00 14:35 20 km individual men
Day 10 Sunday 2010-02-21 10:45 11:25 15 km mass start men
13:00 13:45 12.5 km mass start women
Day 12 Tuesday 2010-02-23 11:30 12:40 4 x 6 km relay women
Day 15 Friday 2010-02-26 11:30 12:40 4 x 7.5 km relay men

Qualification[edit]

Athlete quotas[edit]

Athlete quotas: 220 athletes (113 men, 107 women)
A NOC may enter no more than 12 athletes (6 men and 6 women), and no more than 4 athletes per event.

Quotas by events:

  • Individual: 88 (men's), 87 (women's)
  • Sprint: 88 (men's), 87 (women's)
  • Pursuit: 60 athletes1
  • Mass start: 30 athletes
  • Relay: 20 teams (80 athletes)

1Qualification to the pursuit is based on results from the sprint

Eligibility criteria[edit]

All competitors must comply with one of the three minimum qualifications standards set forward by the IBU:

  • The athlete must have achieved a time that is less than 20% higher than the average time of the top 3 during a sprint or individual in the European Cup (IBU Cup), including the European championships, during the 2010/2009 or the 2009/2008 season.

or

  • The athlete must achieve a top-half finish in the 2010 or 2009 World Junior Championships.

or

  • The athlete must have participated in a Biathlon world cup or world championships during the 2008/2009 or 2009/2010 season.
  • All members of a relay team must comply with those criteria.

Additionally, only athletes representing an NOC that is recognized by the IOC and member of the IBU can participate in the games.

Qualification criteria[edit]

All 220 quota places will be awarded using a point ranking combining the 2008 and 2009 Biathlon World Championships.

Men's

  • Rank 1 to 5: six athletes
  • Rank 6 to 20: five athletes
  • Rank 21 to 28: one athlete

Women's

  • Rank 1 to 5: six athletes
  • Rank 6 to 15: five athletes
  • Rank 16 to 20: four athletes
  • Rank 21 to 27: one athlete

Participating nations[edit]

According to final report by VANOC these were the final participation numbers:[1]

Nations Men's Women's Total
 Australia 1 0 1
 Austria 6 0 6
 Belarus 5 5 9
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 1
 Bulgaria 5 1 6
 Canada 4 4 8
 China 1 5 6
 Croatia 1 1 2
 Czech Republic 5 5 10
 Denmark 1 0 1
 Estonia 5 4 9
 Finland 2 2 4
 France 6 5 11
 Germany 6 6 12
 Great Britain 1 0 1
 Greece 1 1 2
 Hungary 1 0 1
 Italy 5 5 10
 Japan 1 1 2
 Kazakhstan 5 4 9
 Latvia 5 4 9
 Lithuania 0 1 1
 Moldova 1 1 2
 Norway 6 5 11
 New Zealand 0 1 1
 Poland 2 5 7
 Romania 0 5 5
 Russia 5 6 11
 Slovenia 4 4 8
 South Korea 1 1 2
 Spain 0 1 1
 Serbia 1 0 1
 Switzerland 5 1 6
 Slovakia 5 5 10
 Sweden 5 5 10
 Ukraine 5 6 11
 United States 5 4 9
Total: 37 NOCs 112 105 217

Rejected quota places: Finland earned five spots in both genders, but decided to send only two men and two women. Poland qualified 5 men, but sent only two men. Slovenia had earned 5 spots each, but decided to send only four women and men. Great Britain (women), Belgium (men), the Netherlands (men), and Austria (women) rejected their single spots earned in either men's or women's. Greenland has no NOC, so Greenland's spot earned in men's competition was used by Denmark.

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