|Full name||Egil Gjelland|
12 November 1973 |
Voss, Hordaland, Norway
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|World Cup debut||7 December 1995|
|Teams||2 (1998, 2002)|
|Medals||2 (1 gold)|
|Teams||9 (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)|
|Medals||6 (2 gold)|
Egil Gjelland grew up in Voss, the home of many world class biathletes, and started doing biathlon at the age of 15. He first entered the national team in 1996.
Gjelland's strength is in shooting. His greatest triumphs have come on Norway's relay team, where he was a regular feature for several years, thanks to his ability to keep his cool and deliver faultless shooting. In the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, he won the gold medal on the relay, together with Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Halvard Hanevold and Frode Andresen. In the Biathlon World Championship 2005 in Hochfilzen, Gjelland again helped win the relay, Norway's first relay-gold in the world championships for 38 years. He won one race in the Biathlon World Cup, the pursuit in Östersund on 17 December 2004.
Egil Gjelland is a carpenter by trade. He married fellow biathlete Ann-Elen Skjelbreid in 2002. They have one daughter, Kristi (b. 2004). They live on her home farm, Skjelbreid, in Fusa in western Norway.
Since retiring from competition Gjelland has worked as a coach with the Norwegian biathlon team, and he was appointed as head coach for the Norwegian men's biathlon squad ahead of the 2014–15 season, having previously performed the equivalent role for the Norwegian women's team.
2 medals (1 gold, 1 silver)
|2002 Salt Lake City||16th||24th||15th||Gold|
- *Pursuit was added as an event in 2002.
6 medals (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Team||Relay||Mixed relay|
|2000 Oslo Holmenkollen||—||28th||22nd||21st||N/A||Silver||N/A|
|2002 Oslo Holmenkollen||N/A||N/A||N/A||22nd||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- *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 victory (1 Pu)
|17 December 2004||Östersund||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
- *Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
- "Coaching Changes 2: Norway, Russia, Austria, Finland". International Biathlon Union. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
- "Egil Gjelland". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 24 July 2015.