Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Biathlon
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Biathlon, Sochi 2014.png
Venue Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Dates 8–22 February 2014
Competitors 220 Quota limit
«2010 2018»
Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Biathlon pictogram.svg
Individual   men   women
Sprint   men   women
Pursuit   men   women
Mass start   men   women
Relay   men mixed women

Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The eleven events took place between 8–22 February 2014.[1]

For the first time ever, a mixed relay event was staged after being voted onto the Olympic program in 2011.[2]

Competition schedule[edit]

The following is the competition schedule for all eleven events.[3]

All times are (UTC+4).

Date Time Event
8 February 18:30 Men's 10 km sprint
9 February 18:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
10 February 19:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
11 February 19:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
13 February 18:00 Men's 20 km individual
14 February 18:00 Women's 15 km individual
17 February 19:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
18 February 14:30 Men's 15 km mass start
19 February 18:30 Mixed 4 x 6 km / 7.5 km relay
21 February 18:30 Women's 4 x 6 km relay
22 February 18:30 Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay

Medal summary[edit]

Notably absent from the medals for biathlon in the 2014 Games were the German women who had won six medals in 2006 and five in 2010. The men's team meanwhile recovered from a poor Games in Vancouver to achieve two silver medals. France's women, who had won three medals in 2010, also missed the podium, as did Canada, despite some promising performances. Sweden's men were also expected to win a medal but they too missed out.

13 athletes went home with two or more medals with five athletes winning three medals each. Belarus's Darya Domracheva won three gold medals to be the most successful biathlete at the Games, while France's Martin Fourcade was the most successful male winning two gold and one silver medal. 2012/13 women's World Cup winner Tora Berger won a medal of each color, while team-mate Tiril Eckhoff won one gold and two bronze at her first Games. Czech athlete Ondřej Moravec won two silver and one bronze.

The biathlon portion was marred by German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle's positive doping test. Sachenbacher-Stehle had finished fourth in both the mass start and the mixed relay but was disqualified from both events after testing positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 3 1 2 6
2  Belarus (BLR) 3 0 1 4
3  France (FRA) 2 1 1 4
4  Russia (RUS) 1 2 1 4
5  Ukraine (UKR) 1 0 1 2
6  Slovakia (SVK) 1 0 0 1
7  Czech Republic (CZE) 0 3 2 5
8  Germany (GER) 0 2 0 2
9  Austria (AUT) 0 1 1 2
10  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
11  Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Martin Fourcade
 France
49:31.7 Erik Lesser
 Germany
49:43.9 Evgeniy Garanichev
 Russia
50:06.2
Sprint
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
 Norway
24:33.5 Dominik Landertinger
 Austria
24:34.8 Jaroslav Soukup
 Czech Republic
24:39.2
Pursuit
details
Martin Fourcade
 France
33:48.6 Ondřej Moravec
 Czech Republic
34:02.7 Jean-Guillaume Béatrix
 France
34:12.8
Mass start
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
 Norway
42:29.1 Martin Fourcade
 France
42:29.1 Ondřej Moravec
 Czech Republic
42:42.9
Relay
details
 Russia (RUS)
Alexey Volkov
Evgeny Ustyugov
Dmitry Malyshko
Anton Shipulin
1:12:15.9  Germany (GER)
Erik Lesser
Daniel Böhm
Arnd Peiffer
Simon Schempp
1:12:19.4  Austria (AUT)
Christoph Sumann
Daniel Mesotitsch
Simon Eder
Dominik Landertinger
1:12:45.7

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Darya Domracheva
 Belarus
43:19.12 Selina Gasparin
 Switzerland
44:35.3 Nadezhda Skardino
 Belarus
44:57.8
Sprint
details
Anastasiya Kuzmina
 Slovakia
21:06.8 Olga Vilukhina
 Russia
21:26.7 Vita Semerenko
 Ukraine
21:28.5
Pursuit
details
Darya Domracheva
 Belarus
29:30.7 Tora Berger
 Norway
30:08.3 Teja Gregorin
 Slovenia
30:12.7
Mass start
details
Darya Domracheva
 Belarus
35:25.6 Gabriela Soukalová
 Czech Republic
35:45.8 Tiril Eckhoff
 Norway
35:52.9
Relay
details
 Ukraine (UKR)
Vita Semerenko
Juliya Dzhyma
Valentyna Semerenko
Olena Pidhrushna
1:10:02.5  Russia (RUS)
Yana Romanova
Olga Zaitseva
Ekaterina Shumilova
Olga Vilukhina
1:10:28.9  Norway (NOR)
Fanny Welle-Strand Horn
Tiril Eckhoff
Ann Kristin Aafeldt Flatland
Tora Berger
1:10:40.1

Mixed events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Relay
details
 Norway (NOR)
Tora Berger
Tiril Eckhoff
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Emil Hegle Svendsen
1:09:17.0  Czech Republic (CZE)
Veronika Vítková
Gabriela Soukalová
Jaroslav Soukup
Ondřej Moravec
1:09:49.6  Italy (ITA)
Dorothea Wierer
Karin Oberhofer
Dominik Windisch
Lukas Hofer
1:10:15.2

Qualification[edit]

A total quota of 220 athletes were allowed to compete at the Games (113 men and 107 women). Countries were assigned quotas using a combination of the Nation Cup scores of their top 3 athletes in the individual sprint and relay competitions at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.[4]

References[edit]