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Frank Ullrich in 1982.
|Full name||Frank Ullrich|
24 January 1958 |
Trusetal, East Germany
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Club||ASK Vorwärts Oberhof|
|World Cup debut||13 January 1978|
|Teams||3 (1976, 1980, 1984)|
|Medals||4 (1 gold)|
|Teams||6 (1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983)|
|Medals||14 (9 gold)|
|Overall titles||4 (1977–78, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82)|
Biathlon was in Ullrich's family as his father was a biathlon referee. His first appearance was in 1967 at the GDR Children Championships. In 1972, he placed second over 5 km at the Spartakiad, in 1975 he became Youth World Champion in relay. He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics with the 4 × 7.5 km relay team. At the 1980 Winter Olympics he won 3 medals with silvers in the 20 km individual and the 4 × 7.5 km relay and a gold medal in the 10 km sprint, an event he dominated at world level between 1978 and 1981.
In 1982 his wife fell ill and died, soon after which he switched to training. He undertook a period of study at the National Academy for Body Culture and then, in 1987, became the trainer of the East German national team, and, following German reunification, national trainer for the sprint.
Speaking to Ullrich's dominance in the World Cup, even though he retired in the mid-80s, only five male biathletes have surpassed him in terms of World Cup victories. Sven Fischer won his 17th World Cup victory on 18 March 2000, Ole Einar Bjørndalen won his on 12 January 2001, Raphaël Poirée won on 18 January 2002, whilst Emil Hegle Svendsen won on 2 December 2010 and Martin Fourcade won on 12 January 2013.
4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
|1980 Lake Placid||Silver||Gold||Silver|
- *Sprint was added as an event in 1980.
14 medals (9 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
- *During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
17 victories (6 In, 11 Sp)
(1 In, 2 Sp)
|22 February 1978||Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|4 March 1978||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|27 March 1978||Murmansk||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|31 January 1979||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
(1 In, 4 Sp)
|19 January 1980||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|26 January 1980||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|19 February 1980||Lake Placid||10 km sprint||Winter Olympic Games|
|22 March 1980||Hedenäset||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|27 March 1980||Murmansk||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|31 January 1981||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 February 1981||Lahti||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
(2 In, 2 Sp)
|16 January 1982||Egg am Etzel||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|23 January 1982||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|28 January 1982||Ruhpolding||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|10 February 1982||Minsk||20 km individual||Biathlon World Championships|
|9 February 1983||Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|24 February 1983||Antholz-Anterselva||20 km individual||Biathlon World Championships|
- *Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
- Olympic results Archived 25 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Achim Leoni (as interviewer); Frank Ullrich (as interviewee) (18 February 2006). ""In meiner Stasi-Akte erkannte ich zwölf Leute"". newspaper interview. Hamburger Abendblatt.
- "Frank Ullrich". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 20 May 2015.